The First Annual Caring Advocate/Jose Dangcil
Memorial Writing Contest
It is with great pleasure that we announce the launch of
a new “winning” opportunity for deserving caregivers, in
honor of the late Jose Dangcil:
Jose Ypalare Dangcil, born in Sinait, Ilocos Sur,
Philippines on November 22, 1910, was a
hardworking and passionate man who spent his
working life in the trade of shipyard machinist.
His greatest claim to fame came one evening in
September of 1991, when at the age of 80, the 5’2” 125
lb. man, armed with only a piece of pipe, single-
handedly overpowered an intruder he had discovered
prowling about inside his family’s home in Hollywood.
The police proclaimed Dangcil a hero and the Los
Angeles Times featured the story of this “Great-grandpa
Rambo” in their September 20th edition of that year.
Over the years he has suffered from heart trouble
and bleeding ulcers, but according to his son and
caregiver, Mel, he remained determined and spirited
until his death in his Hollywood home, on October 3,
2002. He was dearly loved by his family and friends,
and is sorely missed by all who knew him.
Caregivers are society’s invisible army. Over 50 million
of us are caring for family members, friends or even
strangers, saving the health care system billions of
dollars annually. The Caring Advocate, a privately
funded newsletter, providing inspiration, support and
fellowship for caregivers, has the avowed mission of
bringing the stories of these unsung heroes and
heroines out into the light of day.
Any caregiver, professional or unpaid, is eligible to
enter The Caring Advocate/Jose Dangcil Memorial
Writing Contest. Awards will be made to three (3)
winners annually. Applicants are asked to submit
(either via email or USPS) an essay, 500-words or less,
about their personal care giving experience. (The
above is an obituary in honor of the contest’s
namesake. Please do not use this as an example of a
The winning entries will be published in upcoming
issues of The Caring Advocate newsletter, and each
winning writer will receive five (5) copies of the issue in
which their essay appears.
Third Place will receive a free one-year subscription (a
Second Place- a free two-year subscription (a $24
First Place Winner- a free three-year subscription to
TCA (a $36 value).
The deadline for this year’s entries is April 15th, 2003.
(Each writer will retain copyrights over his or her essay,
but will grant the publisher of The Caring Advocate
permission to use his or her essay, or portions thereof,
in future issues of TCA, or for promotional purposes.
The writers of any of the essays used by TCA will
always be attributed. None of the essays will be
personally acknowledged, nor can they be returned,
and only one entry per household per year, please.)
Please send entries, marked “TCA Writing Contest” to:
The Caring Advocate
1187 Coast Village Road, No. 1-178
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
Email to: \
do NOT email
your essay as an attachment, but as text in the body of
your email. Attachments will be immediately DELETED
without being read!)
By CareGiverB on Saturday, March 15, 2003 - 04:54 pm:
Respite Care Spells Relief for Stressed Out Caregivers
By Peter Ganther
Caregivers who take care of someone in their home must deal with the needs of their loved one 24 hours a day. Most are reluctant to ask for
help—even from siblings and other relatives—so they end up carrying the burden all by themselves. Sometimes the stress level reaches the boiling point. The only way to keep this stress from debilitating you, the
caregiver, is for you to catch a break. Respite care might just be the relief you need… Continued
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