Somaliland: Edna Adan & Diane Lane Together Again


Diane Lane and Edna Adan

Inaugural National Nurses Speaker Series, 5K and Half Marathon Launched by Local Nurses

Somalilandsun – The National Nurses Half Marathon, 5K and Health Institute Speakers Series is a milestone event in support of the best health, fitness and nutrition for our nurses, our community and our nation.

This noble health initiative is being launched by nurses in Nevada and will be held October 11-13 at Red Rock Resort Convention Center in Las Vegas and Red Rock Canyon. This event is by nurses for everyone and is designed as an inspirational challenge to motivate others into action toward health and fitness.

Meet event director, Helene Neville, a 53-year-old four-time cancer survivor, nurse, motivational speaker and author. In 1998, after three brain surgeries she was told to get her affairs in order, Instead she went running and has been running ever since. She has dedicated her life to inspiring and motivating nurses across the country. In 2010, she ran from California to Florida; and in 2013 from Vancouver to Tijuana stopping at hospitals along the way to inspire nurses. From these lessons of triumphant spirit, she has organized the 2013 National Nurses Health Institute Speakers Series, the National Nurses Half Marathon and 5K.

Diane Lane & Edna Adan

The weekend kicks off with film actress Diane Lane introducing Edna Adan, a world-renown humanitarian, and founder of the Edna Adan University Hospital in Hargesia, Somaliland. She is the Former World Health Organization Nursing Advisor, Former First Lady of Somalia and Former Foreign Minister of Somaliland. She has changed the face of healthcare in Africa. She was awarded the French Legion of Honor. Diane Lane is an accomplished American Film Actress. In 2012, Diane Lane and Edna Adan were paired as part of Nick Kristof’s Half the Sky initiative. They speak on Friday, October 11, 2103 at 8:00AM.

Additionally, a specially selected group of speakers, exhibitors and vendors will discuss topics such as weight loss, nutrition, exercise, Pilates, Zumba, surviving cancer, motivation, holistic nursing and more.

The National Nurses Health Institute Speakers Series is free and runs 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12, with the 5K and half marathon taking place Sunday, Oct. 13 at Red Rock Canyon.

Our 2013 beneficiary is The Edna Adan Hospital Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to support the Edna Adan University Hospital by providing scholarships for the nursing/midwifery program, sponsoring patients, and purchasing equipment and supplies in particular an ambulance. You can learn more at

The generous support of sponsors is central to the success of the National Nurses Half Marathon, the 5K and the National Nurses Health Institute Speakers Series. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for our 2013 event, please contact [mailto][/mailto] or phone 1-480-299-5748.

Conference Speakers

Edna Adan, APN, CNM, CPNP, is world-renowned nurse-midwife and founder of the Edna Adan University Hospital in Hargesia, Somililand. Adan, former World Health Organization Regional Nursing Advisor is an internationally acclaimed nurse who has changed the face of healthcare in Africa as the former First Lady of Somalia and former Foreign Minister of Somaliland. She was awarded the French Legion of Honor. In 2012 Edna Adan was featured in the documentary Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

Dr. Elaine Doll-Dunn, PhD completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology at the age of 65. She expertly researched the self-efficacy of women who begin marathoning after the age of 40. At the age of 67, she founded the Leading Ladies Marathon. At age 74, Elaine flew to Scotland and climbed some of highest mountains on the Isle of Skye. For her 75th birthday, she ran the Wine Country Marathon in Medoc, France. She has run 123 marathons and authored four books. She has taught for 35 years; every age group, every subject, from elementary to university. She has three advanced degrees.

Charles Maka is Human Performance Coach and runs the EVO UltraFit facility in Phoenix Arizona. Unquestionably one of the best coaches in the United States, those participating in the EVO System are clients of ages 4-97 with goals ranging from wanting to move again to setting new world records. Clients range from cancer patients, elite athletes gearing up for the Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup or running across the country.

Dr. Bill Andrew, PhD, from Reno, Nevada is the President and CEO of Sierra Sciences. As a scientist, athlete and executive, he continually pushes the envelope and challenges convention. He has been featured in Popular Science, The Today Show and numerous documentaries on the topic of life extension. He has focused the last 20 years on finding ways to extend the human lifespan and healthspan through telomere maintenance. As one of the principal discoverers of both the RNA and protein components of human telomerase, Dr. Andrews was awarded 2nd place as “National Inventor of the Year” in 1997.

Helene Neville is Founder of the National Nurses Half Marathon, 5K and National Nurses Health Institute Speakers Series. Helene has been a nurse and fitness coach for more than thirty years. She began running seriously after a battle with cancer in the 1990s. In 2001, she founded the Des Moines Marathon. She authored two books: Nurses In Shape: The Right Dose! and One On The Run, 93 Days Across America. In 2010, Helene ran 2,520 miles in 93 days from California to Florida and in 2013 she ran from Vancouver, British Columbia and finished 45 days and 1,500 miles later in Tijuana, Mexico. She carried with her the ashes of her recently departed brother Anthony who passed away suddenly in February 2013.

Stacey Escalante is the founder and CEO of Escalante Media Management LLC. Escalante’s former and current client list includes MGM Resorts International, Safe Nest, Jump for Joy Foundation, Desert Perinatal Associates, Troy Watson M.D. (Desert Orthopedic Center), Real Results Fitness, Downtown Runners, and Face book for Parents author, Linda Fogg Phillips. She spent 18 years in broadcast journalism. She spent 10 years as a reporter at KVBC-TV. As a Stage 3 melanoma survivor, Stacey is on a mission to save lives by educating others about skin cancer.

Molly Sheridan is CEO/Founder of Desert Sky Adventures. Molly has run over 40 ultra marathons including Marathon Des Sables (MDS), Rio Del Lago 100-mile Endurance Race and Badwater Ultra Marathon. In 2010, Molly completed 100 miles nonstop in the Himalayas. In 2011, she completed 138 miles nonstop covering both Khardung La and Tang Lang La. On June 23, 2013 Molly became the first American woman to attempt and complete running up three different peaks in the Himalayas over 18,000 ft: Khardung La, Tang Lang La, and Wari La.