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Maine chapter honors volunteers for fight against Alzheimer's

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AUGUSTA The Alzheimer's Association Maine Chapter recognized the significant contributions of its many volunteers and supporters during a reception at the Blaine House on April 19. Highlighting the event was a presentation of the Chapter's 2015 Volunteer Achievement, 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer's Awards, and the 2015 Longest Day Award.

Those being honored included:

Felicia Garantof Falmouth received the Marilyn Paige Founders Award. This award recognizes an individual volunteer who shares the same passion, drive and leadership of the chapter's founder, Marilyn Paige. As Marilyn tirelessly worked to build a support network for Maine families and individuals affected by dementia so has Felicia in leading the chapter's board of directors, being captain for one of Portland's top Walk to End Alzheimer's fundraising teams, and voicing the care and support needs of rural Mainers at the national level as an Alzheimer's Advocate.

Lea Rustof Falmouth received the Collaborative Spirit Award. This award recognizes an individual volunteer who exudes the true spirit of the Maine Chapter and its mission.

Cathy Waltersof Hollis received the Robert Stram Award for Advocacy. This award recognizes an individual volunteer whose political action and public advocacy makes a difference in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. Named for Alzheimer's Advocate, the late Dr. Robert Stram, MD.

Unumreceived the Corporate Champion Award. This award recognizes a local company that goes the extra mile to support the Maine Chapter and those affected by Alzheimer's disease.

John Korisof Leeds received the Marion Bennett Award for Top Individual Walk to End Alzheimer's Fundraiser

Team ROLO(Remembering our Loved Ones) received the Top Walk to End Alzheimer's Family Fundraising Team Award

Home Instead Senior Care - Gorhamreceived the Top Walk to End Alzheimer's Business Fundraising Team Award

Pat & Mike Quinnof Otisfield andThe Maine ACBLreceived the 2015 Longest Day Award

'April is National Volunteer Month and we are so fortunate here at the Maine chapter to have over 300 active volunteers supporting our work as support group leaders, walk planning committee members, walk day volunteers, speakers bureau members, and board and committee members. We have over 3,400 registered advocates in Maine who help raise awareness and educate our elected officials, at both the Federal and State level, about the issues this disease presents for individuals and families,' said Laurie Trenholm, Alzheimer's Association Maine Chapter Executive Director as she addressed the audience inside the Blaine House.

'Today we want to celebrate a year of great service to our families, friends and neighbors living with and affected by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and to thank you, our amazing volunteers, for all you do, each and every day, to help make that happen!'

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