Griffin Hospital Volunteer
Claudia Csuka, of Beacon Falls, and Marrakech, Inc., of Woodbridge, will be
honored with the Caring Heart Award at The 12th Annual Women’s Heart Wellness and Caring Heart Award Brunch on Saturday, March 25 from 8:30 a.m.-noon at the Griffin
Hospital Dining Room, 130 Division Street, Derby.
The award recognizes individuals and groups that
foster initiatives to promote and improve the general health and well-being of
all. This is the ninth year that the award will be bestowed.
Csuka has been a volunteer at Griffin for a little
more than a year, but has already positively impacted many patients’ lives as
part of the hospital’s vital patient stories and complimentary therapies
programs. As a vital patient stories volunteer, Csuka meets with patients and
talks with them to write a brief story about their lives. She focuses on
memories or characteristics that are vital or sacred to the patient and the
stories are shared with hospital staff so they can better know and understand their
patients. Csuka is also trained in soft touch therapy, which provides stress
relief and personal connection that can be critical to healing.
Csuka is also very involved in her community as a
member of the Parish Council and Ladies Guild at St. Michael’s Church in Beacon
Falls, and provides free rides to individuals needing transportation to their
Marrakech, Inc. is a private nonprofit organization
that has provided person-centered, unique, and cost-effective human services
for children and adults, with and without disabilities, in Connecticut for over
45 years. The services and individuals supported are diverse, but they have the
common goal of assisting individuals with achieving greater self-sufficiency
while they experience the best quality of life possible. Marrakech's Health and
Wellness Committee was formed in July 2012 and has implemented an annual weight
loss challenge and a well-attended community health fair. Throughout each year,
wellness information is shared in a variety of ways, including through a series
of workshops planned in partnership with local wellness practitioners. Exercise
challenges and team walks for other causes are also regularly coordinated.
The brunch will start with registration at 8:30 a.m.
and the program will begin at 9 a.m. The theme of
this year’s event is “What’s Your Shelf Life,” focusing on how healthy eating
habits can help prevent heart disease. The event will feature a survivor
speaker, a cooking demonstration and tips on healthy eating.
Tickets for the brunch are
$25 and the event is open to the public. Proceeds benefit the Women’s Heart Wellness Fund, which supports heart wellness programs for women in the Valley.
Valet parking will be
Reservations are due by
March 20. To reserve a seat, become a sponsor, or for
more information, call Eunice Lisk at 203-732-7107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.