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Event helped in fight against Alzheimer’s

This week’s bouquets go to:

June was Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, a time to go purple to show support for the millions of people worldwide struggling with Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of dementia. It is also a time to recognize caregivers for the unwavering support they provide to those suffering with the disease.

UP Health System Home Care and Hospice staff understands the challenges associated with Alzheimer’s Disease so we wanted to show our support to the patients and families that we care for today and in the future. To do this, we decided to coordinate a Drive by Brat Sale. Our first step was to reach out to the community for donations of the items needed to support the sale. Even though we are all experiencing unusual challenges at this time; the following businesses generously supported this very important cause: Frito Lay Chips, The Store Gas Station, GFS, Holiday Gas Station and Elmer’s County Market.

The brat sale was a tremendous success. Together we raised $1,141. We extend our apologies to those who stopped by to support the effort but we had already sold out. Gayle DeShambo, account executive for UP Health System Hospice believes the excellent turnout was related to the Daily Press and RRN radio stations agreeing to support getting the message out to the community. All of the proceeds are being donated to the Adult Day Services Program operated by Community Action Agency. MDSCAA Adult Day Services Program, located at 2635 1st Avenue South in Escanaba, is an adult program designed for those diagnosed with dementia improving quality of life and allowing respite time for caregivers. Kristie Stenlund, MSN-NP directs the operations of the Adult Day Services Program overseeing the operations of the Center and cares of those individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and their families.

For more information on Hospice Services contact Gayle DeShambo at 906.241.7974, Home Health Services contact Amy Martin at 906.241.3334 and the Adult Day Services Program contact Kristie Stenlund at 906.789.2886.

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Each Saturday the Daily Press salutes individuals and groups from our area who have had a very positive impact on the way we live.

We identify our bouquet recipients in one of two ways: from Daily Press news pages and from nominations sent in by our readers.

Mail us a postcard or letter identifying your nomination and putting into detail what they’ve done. Include your name, address, and phone number. Send nominations to Saturday Bouquets, The Daily Press, 600 Ludington Street, Escanaba, MI 49829.

They may also be sent to us by going to our Web site, www.dailypress.net, and clicking on the submit news button. Once there, click on “Bouquets” and follow the simple instructions.

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