Donor Stories

Thousands of people help ensure the best possible health care and services for their neighbors and others by sharing their time and financial resources with Advocate each year. They include community residents who value quality care close to home; physicians and other health professionals; grateful patients and family members; business leaders; foundation program officers; and others. Read some of our supporters’ stories.

  • Vern McGinnis

    Vern McGinnis’s philanthropic ideals took root when he was growing up on a farm near Cabery, a small town in Central Illinois. “Neighbors helped neighbors,” he says. “If someone needed something, help was there. It was part of your church, and it was in the school system. It was a natural extension of living in the community.”... read more
  • Shirley Shaw

    On the table are scrapbooks with family photos and newspaper clippings marking life-changing events. Among the memorabilia are 1940s advertisements touting everything from kitchen appliances to Coca-Cola. The attractive young model featured in the ads is Shirley Shaw—a dear friend and longtime supporter of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital. In February, Shirley turned 100—and we visited her at home to learn more about this remarkable centenarian.... read more
  • Rosielyn Lassiter

    A retired nurse with a strong interest in public health, Rosielyn Lassiter has long been a member of the Advocate family. Her late husband, John, was a board member at Advocate Trinity Hospital when it was still South Chicago Community Hospital. A successful financial services professional, John cared deeply about the local community, and the couple established strong roots on the South Side where they raised their two sons. Ultimately, John served on the Advocate Health Care board from its inception in 1995, actively sharing his financial expertise to help guide the new organization.... read more
  • Richard Sanders

    A scholar of 20th-century European history and an active member of both the World Affairs Council and Rotary International, Dr. Richard Sanders is very much a citizen of the world. He is also a committed champion of his hometown—Eureka, Illinois—and the institutions that ensure a high quality of life for himself and his neighbors. His recent charitable gifts to both Eureka College and Advocate Eureka Hospital are the buzz around town these days, and Dr. Sanders is glad to share the story of these philanthropic choices that are so deeply rooted in his life experience. ... read more
  • Big Hearts, Tiny Patients

    When Matteo Hovel was born at just 24 weeks’ gestation, weighing less than 2 pounds, the first person to take care of him was Gonzalo Hernandez-Argudin, MD, a neonatologist at Advocate Children’s Hospital. The hospital’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides infants with highly specialized care unavailable at most other area facilities. So Matteo’s parents knew their tiny son was in the best possible hands.... read more
  • Paul and Barbara Hills

    For Paul and Barbara Hills to take the lead as co-chairs of the Look Forward campaign steering committee seems perfectly natural. The couple moved to Barrington with their young children in 1985, and they’ve been committed to the community ever since. Paul says, “The Barrington area is a wonderful place for a family. The public schools are outstanding. Our kids enjoyed activities through sports teams, the park district, the library—and, of course, we had Good Shepherd Hospital.”... read more
  • Nemmers Family

    For more than 75 years, Joe Nemmers Sr. has called Libertyville home. It is where he and his wife, Jackie, raised their children. It is where they went to church, socialized and dined. And it is where they got care for their family’s medical needs, which were always minor, fortunately, and never beyond their local hospital’s capability.... read more
  • Masons of Illinois

    Cynthia and Jerry Mungerson were raising a family in Boston in the early 1970s when Jerry was recruited to leave his position at one of Harvard University’s teaching hospitals to become the next president of Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago. “At the time I didn’t know anything about Masons, so I didn’t know what to expect,” Cynthia says today.... read more
  • Lora Clark

    Now a grandmother and great-grandmother, Lora Clark has lived in the northwest suburbs since 1950. She and her late husband, Donald, raised their two children, Greg and Sharon, in Des Plaines. A church secretary, Lora began volunteering at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in 1967—and she’s been devoted to the organization ever since.... read more
  • Frontier Construction

    Greg Parr Sr. started Willowbrook-based Frontier Construction in 1986 as a general contractor providing building construction services for its clients in the healthcare, commercial and other institutional markets. Every year the company contributes to and participates with organizations that promote health, education and well-being in their community.... read more