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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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 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…...

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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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Why I’m Inspired to Run

By: Shauna McCarthy, Manager of Government Relations for Advocate Health Care Published on June 03, 2015 Being an associate at Advocate, I feel privileged to work with such amazing people and I strongly believe in our mission. All it takes is a visit to one of our hospitals, talking to…...

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Thankful for the Midwest Children’s Brain Tumor Center at Advocate Children’s Hospital

By: Kelly Johnson, Grateful mom and donor Published on May 18, 2015 We learned our son Bobby had a brain tumor just after his fifth birthday. Three days and three hospitals after his diagnosis, Bobby was finally where he needed to be: the Midwest Children’s Brain Tumor Center (MCBTC) at…...

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Join Me to Support the Adult Down Syndrome Center

By: Maureen Donnelly, Grateful mom Published on May 11, 2015 Tucked behind Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is a unique, hidden treasure that is an inspiration for many: the Adult Down Syndrome Center. Thanks to Dr. Chicoine and the amazing staff there, patients and their families can access the help they…...

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