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Woman who sparked adult day service facility honored


A Hays woman has been named "advocate of the year" by LeadingAge Kansas, a statewide association of 160 non-profit aging services providers.

Susan Gamboa receives the 2013 award for her volunteerism with the Good Samaritan Society. Gamboa was instrumental in efforts to establish a new adult day services facility in Hays.

The idea was inspired by her own experience caring for her elderly mother. Gamboa launched a grassroots community task force, which began raising money for the facility. The task force then partnered with Good Samaritan Society, which is operating the newly opened facility at 205 E. Seventh.

"Susan Gamboa is an extraordinary volunteer with a commitment to taking care of seniors in her community," said Debra Zehr, CEO of LeadingAge Kansas. "In one story about Susan, we learned that she was instrumental in raising over $85,000 in donations in just five months. We cannot say 'thank you' enough to Susan for her support of the Good Samaritan Society in Hays."