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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Honoring their babies’ memories by giving back

Shari holds her grandson, Kashton, who’s wearing one of her handmade hats. More than anything, Kya Diehl and her husband, Andy, wanted to have a child. But their journey to parenthood was difficult and filled with heartbreak. They tried getting pregnant for two and a half years before deciding on…...

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Advocate Aurora Health and Atrium Health to combine

CHARLOTTE, N.C., DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. and MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Advocate Aurora Health and Atrium Health today announced their plans to come together to create a leading health and wellness delivery system to best meet patients’ needs by redefining how, when and where care is delivered. The organizations cited their complementary…...

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Honoring Kyle through gratitude and philanthropy

Kyle Kyle was a pediatric patient at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital before Advocate Children’s Hospital – Park Ridge was founded. After a lifetime struggle with respiratory issues, Kyle passed away at age 31. This is his story as told by his mom, Maureen, and his uncle, Bill.  Maureen Kyle’s relationship…...

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‘I will never forget his kindness’

Natalea is the grateful mom of 7-month-old Grayson, who was diagnosed with laryngomalacia and obstructive sleep apnea just days after he was born. To show their gratitude for the care and comfort they all received, Natalea and her husband, Brad, chose to donate more than $3,000 worth of toys and…...

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$100K gift will help nurses advance their education

Jere McGaffey Nurses at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee will have more opportunities for advanced education and training thanks to a generous $100K gift from Jere McGaffey, a longtime donor and former Aurora St. Luke’s board member. “Experiencing the COVID pandemic and watching it all unfold has given…...

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From a simple cold to not knowing if he’d ever wake up again

Dominic in the hospital In January 2020, 7-year-old Dominic had a cold. He hadn’t been feeling well for about a week when he woke his mother up  in the middle of the night. “It was around 3 a.m. and told me his heart hurt,” recalled his mom, Kinga. “We went to…...

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She is a champion for survivors of sexual and domestic violence

Renee Renee Johnson has been involved in Milwaukee philanthropy for more than a decade. “It started with my previous employer, We Energies, more than 10 years ago. The company put a strong emphasis on philanthropy and volunteering. They really encouraged employees to get involved,” she explained. Renee is a longtime…...

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Supporting local care through time and philanthropy

Ann has been volunteering at Advocate Condell’s gift shop for more than two decades. Ann Julian loves to meet new people, and she’s passionate about giving. So, it’s no surprise that she’s spent so many years volunteering at her local hospital, Advocate Condell Medical Center. “I’ve logged more than 11,000…...

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She tells her story to create change

Kat The first time Kat Klawes was sexually assaulted, she was only 8 years old. “The biggest thing I remember is how it changed me as a person,” shared Kat. “As a child, I was outgoing and fearless. Afterwards, I became afraid. It happened outside, and I no longer wanted…...

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A simple way to leave a lasting legacy

Heidi Jenny Wojcik’s sister, Heidi Brylewski, was born in 1960. She had Down syndrome and at the time, there were no specialized services or care for individuals with developmental disabilities. “My parents were told she would likely only live a couple of years, and that they had two options: they…...

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