We are pleased to announce all of the nominees for our National Caregiver Month award program. A special thank you to all who nominated the amazing individuals in their lives who do amazing work every day.

About National Caregiver Month: November is National Family Caregivers Month. This was first named as an official presidential proclamation in 1997 by former President Clinton. Every president since, Republican and Democrat alike, have issued this annual proclamation appreciating family caregivers. In president Obama’s proclamation in 2011 he stated:

“Across our country, millions of family members, neighbors and friends provide care and support for their loved ones during times of need. With profound compassion and selflessness these caregivers sustain American men, women and children at their most vulnerable moments…during National Family Caregivers Month we pay tribute to individuals throughout America who ensure the health and well-being of their relatives and loved ones.

Many of our nation’s caregivers assist individuals to help improve their quality of live. Their efforts help deliver short term comfort and security, facilitate social engagement and help individuals stay in their homes and communities as long as possible. This heroic work is often done while caregivers balance other commitments to their families, jobs and communities.”

About the Chris Elliott Fund National Caregiver Month Nominations and Award:

We work daily to provide patients with support, education and immediate access to advanced options and treatment information. But in doing so we regularly work with caregivers who are tremendous individuals. They put their lives on hold, go out of their way to help and serve their loved ones, and are known among their support network for their compassion and selflessness.  This month is a special time to recognize and give thanks to those individuals.

Earlier this month we asked our social media followers to nominate their caregivers for the Chris Elliott Fund Caregiver Award for National Caregiver Month. Individuals nominated the caregiver hero in their life. Throughout the rest of the month we will be recognizing those individuals nominated. Below are the names and links to the stories of all the nominations received as part of our National Caregiver Month award:

Frank Vinson Sr.

Todd Genereux

Melanie & Patrick Higgins

Brian Craig

WINNER: Frank Noriega

Please click the links above to read their amazing and inspirational stories. We appreciate all nominations submitted. If you weren’t able to get your nomination in time, feel free to name your nomination and their story in the comments below! We know there are millions of caregivers out there doing amazing work and know that they deserve thanks and honoring for the compassion and selflessness they show every day.

For the rest of the month continue to follow our blog where we will be posting the caregiver stories provided by the nominees. Follow new post by using the tag “National Caregiver Month 2013” on this blog, or clicking this link. Congratulations to Frank N. for winning this award, and thank you for your work. And thank you to ALL the caregivers out their doing amazing work for the ones they love.