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A Celebration of Courage & Hope
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September 23, 2014 - US Grant Hotel - 5:30pm

A Celebration of Courage & Hope marks a special evening dedicated to recognizing local San Diegans living with Alzheimer's today or working to find a cure for tomorrow. At the event on September 23rd, we will present the San Diego Alzheimer's Awards for Courage and Hope; awards that will honor San Diegans and their families who are courageously facing the disease or who are working to support the effort to find a treatment and cure.

CLICK HERE for event overview and sponsor opportunities.

Honorary Chairs

Mayor of the City of San Diego Kevin Faulconer
San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Dianne Jacob

Event Chairs

Adam Day, Assistant Tribal Manager, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation
Gregg Smith, President & COO, One Reverse Mortgage
April Langwell, Director, External Affairs, Commander Navy Region Southwest

Courage & Hope Award Recipients

  • Medical Professional: Dr. Michael Lobatz - Medical Director, Rehabilitation Center Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas

  • Researcher: Dr. William Mobley - UCSD Professor and Chair, Department of Neurosciences

  • Awareness: William D. Gore - San Diego County Sheriff 

  • Family Caregiver: TBA

Masters of Ceremony

Carlo Cecchetto, CBS News 8 Anchor
Larry Himmel, CBS News 8 Feature Reporter

Special thanks to Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation for their generous support as a Platinum Sponsor.

2014 Courage & Hope Caregiver Award Nominations Now Open!

This year we are excited to announce that we are opening nominations to the public for the 2014 Courage & Hope Caregiver Award. Alzheimer’s is an insidious disease, that not only claims the life of the diagnosed individual but puts intense emotional, physical and financial strain on those who love and care for them. We hope to celebrate and honor all caregivers who know the dramatic toll Alzheimer's takes on a family.

UPDATE: Nominations are now closed. We will be announcing the winner shortly!

2013 Courage & Hope Caregiver Award Winner

Ken Darling
Ken’s mother, Dorothy, had Alzheimer’s.  In order to give Dorothy the care she needed, Ken quit his job to be her at-home caregiver. Ken lovingly cared for her mother through a complete role reversal of child and parent until her passing in March of 2012. Ken has since dedicated himself to supporting other caregivers and raising crucial awareness and funds to one day find a cure for the disease that robbed him of his mother.

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor for the 2014 event or would like more information please contact Jamie Hagan at 858.966.3290 or

CLICK HERE to view the 2013 Courage & Hope photo album.



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