By coincidence, a career path can develop in the most meaningful, but unexpected of ways.JamieLick, a member of
Advocate’s charity running team, found his life-long passion in midst of tragedy. When Jamie was in eighth grade, his best friend, Andrew, was diagnosed with cancer. In 2009, Andrew passed away at 18 years old.
During Jamie’s grief, a career-interest bloomed — he aspired to make a difference in the lives of pediatric cancer patients. Today, Jamie works as a certified child life specialist (CCLS) at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge.
Jamie decided to honor his friend, taking one step further by starting a non-profit called Walk It Out for Andrew
(WIOFA) shortly after Andrew’s passing. This organization benefits the Teen Hematology and Oncology Support
Groups at Advocate Children’s Hospital.
Jamie’s career in child life not only stemmed from being an emotional support system for his friend, but also from his
experience at University of Iowa. In college, Jamie was involved with Dance Marathon, an organization that benefits
Andrew’s dedication to patient-care and honoring his friend inspired him to add a sub-marathon team for his
organization. He will be running his second Chicago Marathon this fall. All funds will be donated to Advocate
Children’s in Oak Lawn, where Andrew received treatment, in addition to Park Ridge.
”Knowing I’m raising funds for Walk It Out for Andrew means so much to me. The constant reminder of my patients
who are going through treatment every day at Advocate encourages me to keep going when times get tough,” says
Most recently, Jamie’s organization had their 9th annual 5K, which was held at West Lawn Park, near Andrew’s
hometown. Jamie holds this 5K the third Saturday of June every year, and he values the consistency.
Jamie’s motivation? His patients.
Through Jamie’s ups and downs, he’s learned helping people both directly and indirectly is his calling. Jamie’s
people-first philosophy has shaped him into the person he is today — driven, compassionate and uplifting; he carries
these characteristics with him both at work and through Advocate’s charity running team.
As a Child Life Specialist, Jamie is the number one supporter for all his patients.
“I always remind my patients that no matter their journey, they’re never alone because everybody deserves to have somebody in their corner.”