Making the Rounds

Welcome to Making the Rounds, Advocate Charitable Foundation’s blog focused on how philanthropy makes a difference across Advocate for our patients and their grateful families, our physicians and caregivers, hospitals and communities - and the donors themselves. Here you will also find news and stories of gifts at work made possible by the generous support of our donors and partners.

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Putting My Faith in the Doctor’s Hands

By April Schippers, a mother who is making a difference Published on May 03, 2016 [aesop_gallery id=”2422″] The room was dark and the air suddenly seemed stale. As we tightly crammed together, I felt as if I was going to suffocate. But not because of the lack of space, but…...

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The Healing Powers of Art Therapy: A Mother’s Perspective

By Amy Graver, Mom of an Advocate Children’s Hospital patient Published on April 12, 2016 Prior to our daughter’s cancer diagnosis, we were not familiar with child life services, nor had we ever heard of an art therapist. But then again, we hadn’t heard of a lot of things we…...

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Art Therapy: Enhancing Well-Being Through Creative Expression

By Kate Pfeiffer, Art Therapist, Advocate Children’s Hospital Published on March 28, 2016 My name is Kate Pfeiffer, and I am one of the art therapists at Advocate Children’s Hospital – Park Ridge. March 2 of this year marked the one-year anniversary of full-time art therapy services on the Park…...

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Why I Support the Adult Down Syndrome Center

By Naomi R. Scianna, mother and Advocate associate Published on March 09, 2016 When my husband and I received word that our unborn son would be born with Down syndrome, our lives changed forever. We were stricken with the overwhelming fear of uncertainty. We had no idea what our future…...

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Personal Superheroes: The Team at Advocate Children’s Hospital

By Tracey Gleason, mother, donor and volunteer Published on February 23, 2016 When I was pregnant with my son, Tommy, I had no reason to believe it would be anything other than a normal birth. During my prenatal checkups everything was looking good, and we had no history of any…...

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Campaign Success: Thanks to the Efforts of Many

By Susan Nordstrom Lopez, President, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center Published on February 01, 2016 During our lengthy stretch of gray weather this January, I found a major source of sunshine in reviewing the results of Illinois Masonic’s Comprehensive Campaign!  On December 15, we celebrated the Campaign’s conclusion when the…...

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This Event is Sponsored by the Jennifer Lynn Johnson Tribute Fund

By Jackie, Dave and Jeff Johnson, grateful family Published on January 22, 2016 [aesop_gallery id=”2444″] Lots of parents at Advocate Children’s Hospital have seen the above message in the theme party invitations over the years and asked for the back story. So I am now offering Jenny’s story more people…...

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What Inspires Me: A Running Reflection

By Forrest Ericksen, proud Team Advocate runner in the 38th Annual Chicago Marathon Published on October 15, 2015 An “inspired” start On October 11, 2015, I was presented with the challenge of running in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. When I learned about this event, I began researching charities’…...

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Adult Down Syndrome Center Paves the Way

Published on August 11, 2015 Advocate Health Care marks 20 years as an integrated health system in 2015. To commemorate this milestone, we are republishing inspiring stories from the past two decades. Jennifer smiles as she bags groceries for customers at Jewel Osco. Bob sings along with the radio as…...

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Camp Helps Bereaved Kids

By: Valerie Moore, Maywood, grandmother of children who attended Advocate Hospice’s Camp Bear Hugs Published on August 04, 2015 My mother was a patient of Advocate Hospice. Before she passed away, the staff let me know that they had grief support for all of us, including my grandchildren—her great-grandchildren. Two…...

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