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Caregivers are Honored as CVS/pharmacy Announces Winners of the 'For All the Ways You Care' Contest
Date:3/3/2008

ears. She met Keith a few years after her son's birth. Keith suffered from a degenerative eye disease that would eventually leave him blind, yet knowing this Wendi remained committed to him and they built a life together. Today, Wendi battles breast cancer yet still shows a deep level of compassion for those around her on a daily basis.

Gina Ervay (Andover, KS) -- Gina and her husband Corey were managing two careers, a new home and planning for a second child. Their daughter Megan was diagnosed at birth with Down syndrome and congestive heart failure. Gina embraced these new challenges and thrived in her role as caregiver. Gina went on to found a caregiving organization in Kansas -- ROCKO -- the Respite Outreach Care for Kansans Organization. ROCKO gives caregivers a break while their children with disabilities receive quality care.

Karolyn Gentry (Fruitland, ID) -- Karolyn has been working as a hospice nurse for the past 13 years caring for the critically ill following her job as an ER nurse. Often working 16-hour days, Karolyn has been a shoulder to cry on for thousands of families in Idaho during the loss of loved ones. Her son Nicholas wrote about how she is truly an angel among us helping people and families cope under such difficult circumstances.

Mary Beth Lenzini (Palmyra, MO) -- Mary Beth wrote about her small community of Palmrya -- a town of about 3,500 people -- and their acts of caring for April, a former foreign language and speech teacher at the local high school suffering from Alzheimer's disease. With April's only child in California, the community stepped in and filled the role of daily caregiver for April -- providing everything from groceries to pet care. With support from the community, April was able to stay in her home for several years before finally going into an assisted living facility just over the past few months. Mary Beth requested her cash prize be donated to the April Phillips Longwell Scholarship at the Palmyra
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