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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‘A wonderful blessing’: Helping families celebrate Thanksgiving for 25 years

Dee McCollum Traditions like sharing a holiday meal are key to strengthening the bonds that hold families together. Because of the generosity of donors like you – and with the support of our volunteers and community partners – Aurora Family Service’s Family to Family Thanksgiving has helped thousands of families…...

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‘A world of gratitude for saving my life’

Diane Wade Diane Wade, 71, is a grateful patient who’s been living with diverticulitis – a condition that causes infection or inflammation in the intestines – for decades. After having surgery at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, she was inspired to make a generous gift in honor of her surgeon.…...

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‘I want to give back’

Mica and her family Michelle (Mica) Lechuga is a grateful patient who had a bone marrow transplant at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in October 2020. For what she calls her new first birthday, she and her 7-year-old son decided to collect toys for patients at Advocate Children’s Hospital – Park…...

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Turning pain into purpose

Katie and her family presented a $15,000 check to Advocate Christ Medical Center to support families dealing with pregnancy loss and stillbirth. Katie Wells was 35 weeks pregnant when she got the devastating news that her unborn daughter, Kelly Paige, no longer had a heartbeat. She was delivered stillborn at…...

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‘Forever connected’ and always grateful

Kara Baylor completed a triathlon when she joined the 2017 Team Phoenix, a cancer survivorship program supported by donors. The first time Kara Baylor was diagnosed with breast cancer was in April 2016. She was treated at Aurora Cancer Care in Racine. “I had chemotherapy and radiation. Dr. Michael Mullane…...

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Help give children with brain tumors a better chance

Kosta’s father was able to capture his son’s first smile after surgery. Kosta Christos was treated for a brain tumor at Advocate Children’s Hospital. This is his story as told by his father, a grateful parent who’s raising funds for pediatric brain tumor research. When our vivacious and smiley 14-month-old…...

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Your gifts help kids like Sofia cope with cancer treatment

Sofia has been battling leukemia for more than a year. When 6-year-old Sofia spiked several fevers over a seven-day period, her parents thought it was a virus, possibly a bad cold. “But she was extremely tired all the time, and I just knew something was off,” recalled her mother, Alicia.…...

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Inspired by gratitude to give back

Scott donated lunch to team members as a token of his gratitude. Scott Wener spent 10 days at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center after he was diagnosed with COVID-19 and his oxygen levels dropped dangerously. To show his gratitude to the team that saved his life, he made a generous…...

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Our Corporate Partners are making a difference every day

Our Corporate Partners in Philanthropy invest in Advocate Aurora Health because they believe in enhancing the health and wellness of those in our communities. Corporate Partners give to the programs and services that matter most to them, whether it is improving health outcomes, expanding access to care or inspire innovation. Here…...

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Giving the gift of time and talent for 15 years

When Dr. Horwitz started volunteering, he raised funds to purchase the specialty equipment he needed. When Fred Horwitz, MD, sold his private medical practice in 2006, he wasn’t ready to stop helping others. So, he became a volunteer physician at Aurora Walker’s Point Community Clinic, which has been caring for…...

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