SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A woman had her wishes granted by the Humble Heroes Foundation at Baystate Medical Center Friday afternoon.
Eulalia “Madeline” Alvarado, a member of the support group El Grupo de Apoyo de Dementia/Springfield, was surprised with gifts in recognition of the care she provides her husband Luis.
Humble Heroes Foundation President Sina Holloman presented Madeline with a whole day off to herself, to include a spa package and gift card for dinner. They also made arrangements so that her husband will be taken care of while she enjoys the day to herself.
Alvarado told 22News she was overwhelmed and shocked by the recognition.
“I’ll feel free to do things that I want to do,” Alvarado said. “If I have to go to the grocery store or the mall, I won’t have that tension of looking around for where he went or where he is at.”
The Humble Heroes Foundation mission is to recognize and make a difference by granting wishes to sometimes overlooked, selfless and resilient caregivers in the community.
“It is the fantastic quality of care she gives to her husband, despite having the responsibilities of being a caregiver 24/7,” said Lea Stein, the co-facilitator of El Grupo de Apoyo de Dementia Support Group. “I can also depend on Madeline that she comes to the care group and she gives me as much help as I need.”
Alvarado attends both the Springfield and Holyoke Spanish speaking support groups for caregivers of dementia patients.
“Madeline is a wonderful, giving, loving, wife, mother, and grandmother,” said Elizabeth “Liz” Santos, a case worker for Brightwood Health Center. “Most of the Latino Culture are very protective with their loved ones and tend to care-give 24/7, and although they may have a PCA available, they are more apt to stay home and do the care-giving themselves.”
Santos told 22News Alvarado has always had a huge heart. Santos said back when Madeline and her husband owned Alvarado’s Market in Holyoke, she would often give food away to people who needed it but couldn’t afford it.
When 22News spoke with Alvarado, she had some words of encouragement for other care-givers. “Divert your eyes and heart to God, because he is the one who guides us and gives us the strength everyday, for everything we do everyday.”
- Humble Heroes Foundation: 413-384-6170
- El Grupo de Apoyo de Dementia/Springfield: