Pediatric Nursing Award Given to Outstanding Nurses at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Laura Snitzer-Boozer Award Provides Financial Support for Continued Education to Oncology Nurses


ATLANTA (January 28, 2014) – The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta recently announced that Sara Bashor, R.N., B.S.N, and Leigh McManus, R.N., M.S.N, have been presented with the prestigious Laura Snitzer-Boozer Nursing Award.  The award honors nurses who have demonstrated professional excellence and leadership in pediatric cancer care and provides financial support for continued education in the field of oncology.

The award is given in memory of Laura Snitzer-Boozer, an Aflac Cancer Center nurse who died unexpectedly from a brain aneurysm in 1999. After Boozer’s death, many individuals including close friends of the family, donated funds to create the Laura Snitzer Boozer Nursing Fund for Continued Education. Bashor and McManus will receive a scholarship to attend a nursing conference of their choice in honor of Laura Snitzer-Boozer’s strong commitment to nursing education.

"Being a part of Aflac Cancer Center inpatient unit has been more than I could have ever expected," said Sara Bashor, R.N., B.S.N.  "I work with top notch nurses who share a true passion for our patient population, and I'm truly blessed to be recognized by them."

"I am honored and grateful to receive the Laura Snitzer-Boozer award,” said Leigh McManus, R.N., M.S.N, “I feel so blessed to be a part of a team that is dedicated to providing excellent care to our patients and their families." 

Also, Elisha Holtzclaw, R.N., Clinical Educator, is honored with the 2013 Continuing Education Award. Holtzclaw is currently enrolled at Jacksonville University: Online, and is recognized for her dedication to the field of nursing and clinical education.

About the Award Winners:

Sara Bashor, R.N., B.S.N

As a registered nurse, Bashor has provided care within the inpatient unit of the Aflac Cancer Center for over five years. Bashor received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Brenau University. She currently resides in Cumming, GA with her husband and two daughters.

Leigh McManus, credentials

As a registered nurse, McManurs has provided care to the patients of the Aflac Cancer Center for three years. She received a bachelor's degree in child and family development with a minor in Spanish from the University of Georgia, as well as a Master's in Nursing from Medical College of Georgia. McManus and her husband currently reside in Atlanta, GA and enjoy traveling and being active. 

About the scholarship recipient:

Elisha Holtzclaw, R.N, Clinical Educator

As a registered nurse, Holtzclaw has provided care to patients of the outpatient unit of the Aflac Cancer Center for over 11 years. Holtzclaw earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from North Georgia College and State University and is currently enrolled in the R.N. to B.S.N program at Jacksonville University: Online. She currently resides in Dawsonville, Ga. with her husband and their two sons.





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About Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research and education. Managing more than half a million patient visits annually at three hospitals and 20 neighborhood locations, Children’s is one of the largest clinical care providers for children in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 30 pediatric specialties and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals by Parents magazine and U.S.News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s has made an impact in the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world.

Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s

The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is a national leader among childhood cancer, hematology, and blood and marrow transplant programs, serving infants to young adults. Recognized as one of the top childhood cancer centers in the country, the Aflac Cancer Center treats more than 370 new cancer patients each year and follows more than 2,700 patients with sickle cell disease, hemophilia and other blood disorders. Visit www.aflaccancercenter.org or call 404-785-1112 or 888-785-1112 for more information.





Tags: General News, Cancer and Blood Disorders
Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2014