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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Two-time Survivor, All-time Inspiration

By Amy Seratt, RN, BSN, in the Level I Trauma Services Department at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital Published on October 11, 2016 When I was young, I was a hyperactive kid who loved to make people laugh. I dreamed of being in advertising and wanted to create commercials–especially the little…...

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Positive Changes in My Life

By Anna Stargardt, Inspired to Run team member Published on October 07, 2016 My reason to run and support Advocate Addiction Treatment Center is a simple one. They saved my life! On September 20 I celebrated 10 years of sobriety. Each year, near the time of my anniversary, I like…...

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The Diagnosis That Shaped My Destiny

By Kaitlyn Richards, grateful patient Published on October 05, 2016 On Halloween night 2012, I was suffering from an awful ear infection, and I couldn’t handle the pain any longer, so my mom took me to the emergency room to hopefully get some antibiotics. Upon entering the emergency room, one…...

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My Inspiration: A Tribute to Jay Burger

By Monte Spiers, devoted friend and Inspired to Run team member Published on September 30, 2016 Never in my life did I think that I was going to run a marathon. Not because I didn’t enjoy running or the spirit of competition, but because I wasn’t inspired to do so.…...

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Running for Home

By Brian Crean, Inspired to Run team member Published on September 28, 2016 I will be running this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon® on October 9 in memory of my father, Dennis M. Crean Sr., and my grandfather, Chester L. Crean, MD. My grandfather was a general surgeon and…...

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My Path to Become a Pediatric Oncologist

By Dr. William Goodell, Advocate Children’s Hospital Published on September 26, 2016 People sometimes ask me how I came to be a pediatric oncologist. I originally considered a life in politics and applied to college as an economics major. Ultimately, I came to see that I wanted to do something…...

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From Patient to Nurse

By Amy Podobnik, pediatric hematology/oncology nurse, Advocate Children’s Hospital Published on September 20, 2016 My name is Amy Podobnik, and I am a pediatric hematology/oncology nurse at Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn. I was diagnosed with leukemia when I was 14 years old and was treated there as a…...

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Exceptional Care, Close to Home

By David Tapp, grateful father Published on September 06, 2016 Our 18-year-old daughter, Brittany, recently suffered severe stomach pains that progressed and worsened throughout the day. A doctor friend of our family recommended we take her to the emergency department (ED) and request a CT scan. Our ED nurse, Dale…...

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It Seemed Like Just Another Evening Run

By Brett Strebel, Advocate patient and runner Published on September 01, 2016 August 12, 2015, seemed like just an average night. But when I went for a normal distance training run, it was transformed into something that changed my life forever. While out on my evening run, I suffered a sudden…...

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Honoring Camden by Making a Big Difference in Lives of the Little

By Lauren and Alex Humes, Co-founders of Camden’s Comfort Project and proud parents to an angel Published on August 01, 2016 On November 1, 2014, our lives changed forever. We became new parents when our son, Camden, was born prematurely via emergency C-section at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and…...

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