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LISA RENEE NELSON          1970-2013

Lisa Just Had A Way

2023 Lisa Nelson's Mustang Stampede

Lisa was a physical education teacher and the head volleyball coach at Ralston Valley High School from 2000-2013.  On March 3, 2013 she lost her life after a two-year battle with cervical cancer.  She was 43.


She never let cancer compromise her way. Lisa battled cancer with dignity, strength and courage-never compromising her faith or teaching beliefs.  


Jim Ellis, Ralston Valley Principal said “Lisa, taught us how to live for 41 years, and taught us how to die for 2."  








Lisa touched many lives during her 13 year tenure as teacher and coach--as well as during her battle with cancer.  Lisa's life philosophy was grounded on being passionate about what she did, and by doing what she loved in a caring and giving way. This was how she lived, fundamental to who she was.


To commemorate her life and to ensure others are touched by the legacy she left behind, the “Lisa Nelson Memorial Scholarship” has been established.  Each year, a Ralston Valley High School student-athlete (male and female) will be awarded a $1,000 college scholarship in memory of Lisa.


The Lisa Nelson Memorial Scholarship Board wants to remember the legacy Lisa left behind and Pay It Forward... in the form of college scholarships for RVHS students.


Pay It Forward...

What:     2023 Lisa Nelson's Mustang                      Stampede!

When:    September 16 8 AM

Where:   Ralston Valley High School

              13355 W 80th Ave 

              Arvada, Colorado 80005

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