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Fairhaven Memorial Park Honors Alzheimer’s Caregiver, Everyday Heroes for Selfless Contributions

- Monday, December 07, 2015

Gina Moran, a dedicated caregiver, has made it her life’s work to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Serving as the primary caregiver for her mother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s 10 years ago, Gina understands first-hand the frustration and difficulties of being a caregiver – and often overcomes daily challenges with a sense of humor in the face of losing a loved one to this tragic disease. 

Gina, the November/December honoree, also represents her impassioned personal experience at Alzheimer’s  Orange County (formerly Alzheimer's Association, Orange County chapter), where she is a community outreach specialist. She works closely with physicians and community and interfaith leaders to raise awareness of available resources. Gina, and five previously identified honorees, received recognition at the Fairhaven Oliver Halsell Care Awards banquet at Fairhaven Memorial Services in Mission Viejo on November 18.

“While Alzheimer’s disease has touched generations of my family, I’m grateful for every day I have with my mother as she continues to fight the disease,” said Gina. “As a caregiver, my first concern is always my mother, and I’m truly moved to be recognized in this way, with this award, and for the opportunity to help increase awareness for Alzheimer’s.”

At the Nov. 18 banquet, each of the six honorees were presented with a crystal statue by Marla Noel, president of Fairhaven, and Michael Alarcon, manager of Fairhaven Memorial Services, during a special awards presentation. The honorees also were asked to select a nonprofit to receive a special donation in their honor.

“Our Care Award winners exemplify the giving spirit and compassionate nature that is found in caregivers from every walk of life,” said Marla. “Our founder, Oliver Halsell, recognized the importance of showing gratitude to these individuals years ago and it is a tradition we’re proud to keep alive at Fairhaven.”

The 2015 Care Award honorees include:

Theresa Jamieson (Corona): staffing coordinator at Orange County Global Medical Center and the January/February winner

Arnetta Robinson (Newport Beach): community relations liaison at Sea Crest Home Health and Hospice; March/April

Dr. Lowell Kleinman (San Clemente): doctor specializing in palliative care at Memorial Care Medical Group; May/June

Rabbi Reuven Mintz (Newport Beach): spiritual and grief counselor at Hoag Hospital, director of the Chabad Jewish Center in Newport Beach, a leader of The Friendship Circle; July/August

Pat Maruzewski (Laguna Woods): volunteer with OC Hospice; September/October

Gina Moran (Santa Ana): community outreach specialist at Alzheimer’s Association Orange County; November/December

For more than 100 years, our connection to the community has extended beyond memorial services. It is not only a place to remember loved ones who have died, but a place to celebrate new memories and traditions, including memorial services, receptions and other great events, such as the Care Awards.

We are accepting nominations for the 2016 Oliver Halsell Care Awards. For more information and to nominate a deserving candidate, visit: http://www.fairhavenmemorial.com/community/oliver-halsell-care-award or email CareAwards@FairhavenMemorial.com

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