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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Miracle After Miracle

By Susie Watts Published on January 03, 2017 “All best wishes to a miracle,” Dr. John Ruge wrote for our daughter, Libby, on her 30th birthday. Words not said lightly, words with an impact, words that had both my husband and me in tears. Libby’s original due date had been…...

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Honoring a lifetime of giving

Born and raised in Elgin, Lane and Bev Hoffman have built strong ties within the community—and that includes their local hospital. The couple served Advocate Sherman Hospital in many ways over the years, so it is very fitting that Bev is honoring her late husband by naming the new Complete…...

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Making an Impact: Donating Real Estate

By Michaeline A. Gordon, JD If you are like many people, real estate comprises a significant percentage of your estate, however, changing circumstances may cause you to reconsider real estate holdings and planning options. With careful planning, donating real estate can be an optimal way for you to support your…...

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Philanthropy: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

By Arnie Harris, President & CEO, Harris & Harris Published on December 19, 2016 Sometimes I find myself reviewing the stock market pages in the newspaper to see how my investments are doing. I study the daily moves, as well as the monthly, quarterly and yearly returns. I spend time…...

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Buschbach $10k Matching Challenge: What Difference Will My Gift Make?

Published on November 28, 2016 By making a gift, you are supporting children like Nia and Zoey in Child Life Programs by doubling your impact for the patients served at Advocate Children’s Hospital. To learn more about the $10K Buschbach Matching Challenge 2016, visit our website. Meet Nicole Brown: Grateful…...

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Your Heart Deserves the Best

By Dr. Vincent Bufalino, President, Advocate Medical Group Published on November 14, 2016 Emily Cepkauskas was born with a broken heart. She was diagnosed with an atrioventricular (AV) canal defect while in utero—a condition that is common in children with Down syndrome. Her mother, Laurie, eventually opted for prenatal testing,…...

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Angels Among Us: Life in the NICU

By Meghan Beatty, grateful patient Published on November 01, 2016 Our family’s story began when my husband and I found out we were expecting—twins. To say that we were shocked would be an understatement. Of course we were thrilled, but definitely in shock…and more than a bit terrified. All along…...

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Part One: From High Risk Pregnancy to Breast Cancer Diagnosis

By Elida Cano, grateful patient Published on October 18, 2016 My husband and I had been happily married for eleven years, and five of those years were dedicated to trying to get pregnant. As happy as we were, it was exhausting trying for so long. Then in 2013, the moment…...

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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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