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.

If you are a patient, donor or partner who would like to share your story to be possibly featured on our blog, please email us at

It Takes a Village: Coming Together to Battle Brain Cancer

By Lisa Kersting, grateful mom Published on May 26, 2016 “It takes a village” can sound like such a cliché but it actually rings true for us. If it were not for our village—the Midwest Children’s Brain Tumor Center (MCBTC), and our family and friends—our journey would have been vastly…...

Read more

“Hospital of the Future” is Dedicated and Toured

By Sue Abderholden, vice president of development, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Published on May 23, 2016 New and renovated sections of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital recently opened their doors to dignitaries and an admiring public. On Thursday, May 12, a special VIP reception was held in the Paul and Barbara…...

Read more

Putting My Faith in the Doctor’s Hands

By April Schippers, a mother who is making a difference Published on May 03, 2016 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 rather by…...

Read more

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…...

Read more

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…...

Read more

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…...

Read more

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…...

Read more

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…...

Read more

This Event is Sponsored by the Jennifer Lynn Johnson Tribute Fund

By Jackie, Dave and Jeff Johnson, grateful family Published on January 22, 2016 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 will know…...

Read more

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’…...

Read more