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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 advocategiving@advocatehealth.com.


Crossing the finish line

On Sunday, October 7, 210 runners completed the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon as part of Advocate Health Care’s charity running team. Together Team Advocate raised more than $271,000 in support of Advocate’s hospital and programs—and gifts are still coming in. Each runner received support along the training journey…...

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Marathon Milestone

By Lori Mackey October 7 will mark my 10th marathon. Ten marathons in seven years; completing one is a huge accomplishment. Working toward a 10th…well, I’m not sure what that says about me. Training for a marathon is an enormous commitment. It takes more than just time and dedication. It…...

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The perfect storm

For MaryBeth McCarthy, her second pregnancy was anything but normal. “I just feel lucky to be alive right now,” she says. Her health saga started back in November of 2017. McCarthy, who is a nurse practitioner, went to the emergency department at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, near her work, with…...

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A perfect gift

Dr. Steven A. Nagel established his charitable gift annuity to benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital. What a fitting way to honor the memories of both his father, a pediatrician and member of the Medical Staff at the hospital, and his grandfather, who was…...

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Running for more birthdays

By Caitlin Olejnik October 7, 2018 is a special day, not only because I will be running my first marathon, but because it’s also my daughter Loralai’s third birthday. It is because of the excellent care from the doctors at Advocate Health Care that Loralai will be celebrating a happy…...

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Advocate Workforce Initiative paves pathway to success

The job search: a daunting task, especially for unemployed, underemployed and low-to-moderate income residents in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. In collaboration with a series of partnerships, the Advocate Workforce Initiative program aligns individuals with entry middle-skill health care jobs and serves as a valuable stepping stone to advance in the…...

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Team Advocate runner turns passion into profession

By coincidence, a career path can develop in the most meaningful, but unexpected of ways.JamieLick, a member of Advocate’s charity running team, found his life-long passion in midst of tragedy. When Jamie was in eighth grade, his best friend, Andrew, was diagnosed with cancer. In 2009, Andrew passed away at…...

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If not for cancer…

By Sharon Hart-Braun  In 2011, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Three months later, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since then, my life has changed considerably, but not necessarily in bad ways. The ovarian cancer was early stage, so luckily, I just required surgery. It was a major surgery, but…...

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The ice cream man

Rob Wagner has been donating ice cream and cakes to families for 8 years! His Dairy Queen in Niles provides sweet treats for patients every month at Advocate Children’s Hospital, including specialized cakes for end-of-chemo celebrations and NICU graduations. Last week, Advocate Children’s Hospital decided to surprise HIM! Rob thought this was…...

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Nurse saves man’s life at the gym

By Marrison Worthington Hank Gnaidek underwent heart bypass surgery last fall due to coronary artery disease. It looked like his heart was in the clear after the surgery, but things would suddenly change when he was working out on June 14. The 66-year-old grandfather was ending his morning exercise routine…...

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