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Adult Down Syndrome Center Campaign
Advocate Medical Group’s Adult Down Syndrome Center launched a $5.5 million fundraising campaign, At the Center of it all. Donors Linda and Mike Mussallem have generously given a matching gift of $2.75 million. They are inspired by their brothers, who both had Down syndrome.
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 Care Center in his memory.
The woman behind the Adult Down Syndrome Center
“All I ever wanted was for my son to have choices once he became an adult. Not only have we achieved that for Chris and many others, but we have created a community for a population that, at one point, nobody cared about, and, for the first time, we began meeting their needs medically and emotionally. The Adult Down Syndrome Center is truly an international gem—there is nothing like it.”
A retired nurse with a strong interest in public health, Rosielyn Lassiter has long been a member of the Advocate family. Her late husband, John, was a board member at Advocate Trinity Hospital when it was still South Chicago Community Hospital. A successful financial services professional, John cared deeply about the local community, and the couple established strong roots on the South Side where they raised their two sons. Ultimately, John served on the Advocate Health Care board from its inception in 1995, actively sharing his financial expertise to help guide the new organization.