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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Keeping their baby’s memory alive while helping others

Emily, Ryan and their two sons next to a Cuddle Cot they donated in memory of their daughter, Charlie In 2012 and Ryan and Emily Thomas were about to expand their family with a new baby girl named Charlie. The plan was to have their baby at Advocate Condell Medical…...

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Your support keeps children like Henry and Walter safe

(L-R) Walter and Henry Lynzie Farbak was expecting her first son in 2018, and like many new parents, she went to a local fire department to have her infant car seat installed. “They installed seats in my van, my fiancé’s car and my mother’s car,” explained Lynzie. “Putting car seats…...

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Mobile Dental Program helps create smiles for patients

Julia flashes her beautiful new smile after receiving dentures from the Mobile Dental Program. Julia Ordonez has gone without teeth for 20 years. She is 79 years old and didn’t have regular dental insurance. She thought there was nothing that could be done. “I went to three different dentists and…...

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Honoring a legacy of giving

Evelyn and Ray at their 50th anniversary celebration Ray and Evelyn Lucivansky lived in several places after they got married in 1956, but they always called Lake Geneva home. It was where they met when they were young and where they decided to retire. They even lived in Evelyn’s childhood…...

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ICU nurse finds gratitude in the time of COVID-19

It’s hard to imagine that a health care hero working on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic would have much to feel grateful for this holiday season. But you should meet Cheryl Breitlow, a registered nurse who began her medical career 38 years ago with Aurora Health Care and…...

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Celebrating the day he almost died, and the team who saved him

Dr. Geis, his wife, Donna, and two of their kids in Grand Cayman. This vacation was not long after he left the rehab facility and was still using a cane. It was early in the morning on Nov. 22, 2014. A day George Geis, MD, almost didn’t survive. As an…...

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You can help individuals with Down syndrome get the specialized care they need

Nina was a young teenager when she started receiving care at Advocate Medical Group’s Adult Down Syndrome Center (ADSC). Located on the campus of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, the ADSC provides patients with everything from holistic care and support to education and resources. (L-R) Nina and her parents, Meg and…...

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Helping cancer patients cope with the mental trauma of the disease

Stephen and his daughter, Eleanora It was 2010, and Stephen Christian was just 30 years old when he was diagnosed with a glioma – a mass on the left side of his brain. He was living in Oregon at the time and had scans every few months to check on…...

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An ‘amazing experience despite a terrible situation’

Crispin, who’s 2 years old, is being treated for leukemia. Crispin is 2 years old and the youngest of four siblings. In mid-July, he started getting sick all the time. “We were going to our pediatrician every week,” explained his mom, Erin. “He’d have hand foot and mouth disease, an…...

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Thanks to you, Home Hospital is available to more patients during the height of this pandemic

Danniel, a retired farmer, received care in the comfort of his own home thanks to the generous support of donors. Danniel DeGrave, a 70-year-old retired Wisconsin farmer, hoped the symptoms that brought him to the hospital would lead to a diagnosis of “simple” pneumonia and not COVID-19. “But it turned…...

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