The 2018 WellCare Community Heroes awards are based on nominations received from Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Ulster, Dutchess, Erie and Niagara counties. WellCare’s Community Connections sponsor the Community Heroes award program to recognize unsung heroes in our communities. The awards honor community members and healthcare professionals who take action to improve our communities.
All honorees received a $1,000 donation to benefit a charity of their choice.
“At WellCare, we recognize there are many factors that affect the everyday decisions people make about their health and well-being,” said John J. Burke, the president of WellCare of New York. “We applaud these outstanding individuals whose tireless efforts and dedication go beyond healthcare to help our local communities.”
The 2018 WellCare Community Health Heroes are:
Daisy Estelle Anderson – Daisy Anderson, an accomplished quilter and seamstress, has volunteered with the Ladies of Charity for more than 30 years. With her help, the Ladies of Charity group has assembled thousands of baby layettes including handmade crib sheets, receiving blankets, socks, bibs, Sleep ‘n’ Plays, onesies, blankets, diapers and books for babies across the region.
Elijah Cancer – In 2016, Elijah Cancer visited the Trinity Alliance in Albany seeking help in transitioning back to public life after his incarceration. A year later, after making a decision to turn his life around, Trinity hired Cancer as an outreach worker for its Albany 518 SNUG (Should Never Use Guns) program. During his tenure, he conducted more than 50 conflict mediations. On July 7, 2018, Cancer was shot and killed in Albany while conducting a mediation between two high-risk individuals. He was 32-years-old and left behind three children.
JoAnne Lorenzo – JoAnne Lorenzo operates “The Magdalene Project,” an outreach ministry in Niagara Falls that includes a soup kitchen, food pantry and children’s program. It also includes the Magdalene Project R.V. that roams neighboring streets helping people in need with prepared food, bags of toiletries, clothing, toys and blankets.
Eline Martinez – Eline Martinez works with Catholic Charities in Ulster County as a bilingual case manager where she helps those struggling with life’s challenges work toward a better quality of life.
John & Leigh-Ann Tumino – John and Leigh-Ann Tumino founded In My Father’s Kitchen in Syracuse to help chronically homeless individuals access food and basic necessities. Program support staff and volunteers are on call 24-hours a day, seven-days a week and provide twice weekly meal deliveries to more than a dozen locations where homeless individuals congregate.
As of Sept. 30, 2018, WellCare serves approximately 293,000 members in New York, including 152,000 Medicaid members, 89,000 Medicare Advantage plan members and 52,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members.
About WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) focuses primarily on providing government-sponsored managed care services to families, children, seniors and individuals with complex medical needs primarily through Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, as well as individuals in the Health Insurance Marketplace. WellCare serves approximately 5.5 million members nationwide as of September 30, 2018. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company’s website at www.wellcare.com.