Patient Stories

Millions of people depend on Advocate Health Care every year. Advocate provides inspiring medicine for patients following a life-threatening heart attack, a traumatic car accident or a terrifying cancer diagnosis. And often, philanthropy plays a vital role in enabling us to offer the best treatment and services possible for our patients—and their families. Read some of their stories.

  • The woman behind the Adult Down Syndrome Center

    “All I ever wanted was for my son to have choices once he became an adult. Not only have we achieved that for Chris and many others, but we have created a community for a population that, at one point, nobody cared about, and, for the first time, we began meeting their needs medically and emotionally. The Adult Down Syndrome Center is truly an international gem—there is nothing like it.”... read more
  • Tom White

    “The people of Good Samaritan Hospital took good care of Tom, but they also took care of me,” Merrie Jo says. “When I had to go home and rest, I felt comfortable because I knew I was leaving him in good hands.”... read more
  • Ryan Ranft

    “A lot of things went wrong that night, but Lutheran General Hospital and the trauma team got it right.”... read more
  • Patricia Lundstrom

    "A breast biopsy, whether the outcome is benign or malignant, is an overwhelming and frightening experience. We want our patients to feel cared for, informed and empowered"... read more
  • Molli Wey

    Molli is profoundly grateful to Dr. Thornton and her caregivers at BroMenn Medical Center. “Everyone thought so quickly on their feet,” she says. “How do you thank someone for saving your son’s life?”... read more
  • Michele Dador

    "I wasn’t scared because I have the best group of docs. Condell is phenomenal and so are its people and services.”... read more
  • Kylan Blake

    “I never thought I would see the day that life is so normal, and for that we are so grateful to Advocate Children’s Hospital and to all of the amazing doctors and nurses there.”... read more
  • Jose Velazquez

    “Dr. Maker would come into my room to talk with me. He expressed genuine concern and answered all of my questions, whether it took 10 minutes or an hour.”... read more
  • Joseph Pompa

    “I just have to keep working hard to get back to where I want to be—100 percent for my wife, my family, my grandson and my granddaughter who will be born this spring. I need to be here for them.”... read more
  • Jeff Furler

    "That success was a testament to Advocate, the doctors, the staff, my health and all the people who were praying for me and my family.... read more