CVS/pharmacy pays tribute to caregivers with contest

5/4/2009

WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS/pharmacy is paying tribute to caregivers and celebrating the role they play in America by honoring 10 caregivers for their commitment to others as part of its For All the Ways You Care contest.

CVS/pharmacy will present the grand prize winner and nine finalists with more than $100,000. The winning stories were selected from more than 4,200 submissions.

The grand prize winner is Pat Pumphret of Winthrop, Mass. Pumphret, who will receive $25,000, was nominated by a friend with an essay titled, "A Place to Live, A Place to Die," which recounts Pumphret?s 30-plus years as a provider and foster parent for severely disabled and chronically ill children. For these needy children whose parents are unable to care for them due to such issues as addiction or mental illness, Pumphret offers a place to live and thrive outside of hospitals and nursing homes, ensures they get the care they need from doctors and therapists, and provides the love and warmth of a family.

"Pat's story is one of courage and heart," stated Larry Merlo, president of CVS/pharmacy. "Her dedication to these children despite the challenges it may bring to her own life is truly extraordinary. We're proud to honor Pat and the For All the Ways You Care contest finalists, and hope their stories provide inspiration to caregivers across America."

In addition, Lisa Kanode, a CVS/pharmacy lead pharmacy technician for Midlothian, Va., was named the winner of the company's For All the Ways You Care employee contest and will receive $10,000.

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