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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Adam’s Love for Life Lives On

By Lou and Caroline Carrillo, grateful parents and volunteers Published on July 05, 2016 Soon after our son, Adam, was born, we noticed he was missing some early milestones. He was diagnosed with developmental delays, but no specific disease or syndrome, so we started treating his symptoms. He had lots…...

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Giving Back: Why I Volunteer

By Cindy Mammoser, grateful parent and Family Advisory Council Co-Chair Published on June 22, 2016 When our daughter, Kira, passed away in May 2013, we were dealing with an unimaginable loss of our sweet little girl. During this heart wrenching time, we were fortunate to have the support of the…...

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Fitness, Fun for Everyone: Snapshots of the Day

By Scott Wozencraft, Development Manager, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Published on June 15, 2016 I have to admit I received a little good-natured ribbing for not running in the “Fitness, Fun for Everyone” 5K Run/3K Walk that Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Fitness Center team recently hosted for the Advocate Medical…...

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Caring for Kids with Complex Medical Conditions

By Patricia Notario, MD, FAAP Medical Director, Coordinated Care for Children with Medical Complexity Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn Published on June 09, 2016 I grew up in the Washington DC area and, from kindergarten through 12th grade, I attended an all-girls Catholic school that prided itself on providing…...

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Supporting Cancer Survivors Through Charitable Giving

By Linda Rivard, RN, Mom and Clinical Coordinator of the Pediatric Oncology Survivorship in Transition Clinic Published on June 05, 2016 My son Billy was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 5 and treated in the pediatric oncology clinic at Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn in 1996. He…...

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It Takes a Village: Coming Together to Battle Brain Cancer

By Lisa Kersting, grateful mom Published on May 26, 2016 “It takes a village” can sound like such a cliché but it actually rings true for us. If it were not for our village—the Midwest Children’s Brain Tumor Center (MCBTC), and our family and friends—our journey would have been vastly…...

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“Hospital of the Future” is Dedicated and Toured

By Sue Abderholden, vice president of development, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Published on May 23, 2016 New and renovated sections of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital recently opened their doors to dignitaries and an admiring public. On Thursday, May 12, a special VIP reception was held in the Paul and Barbara…...

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Putting My Faith in the Doctor’s Hands

By April Schippers, a mother who is making a difference Published on May 03, 2016 [aesop_gallery id=”2422″] The room was dark and the air suddenly seemed stale. As we tightly crammed together, I felt as if I was going to suffocate. But not because of the lack of space, but…...

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The Healing Powers of Art Therapy: A Mother’s Perspective

By Amy Graver, Mom of an Advocate Children’s Hospital patient Published on April 12, 2016 Prior to our daughter’s cancer diagnosis, we were not familiar with child life services, nor had we ever heard of an art therapist. But then again, we hadn’t heard of a lot of things we…...

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Art Therapy: Enhancing Well-Being Through Creative Expression

By Kate Pfeiffer, Art Therapist, Advocate Children’s Hospital Published on March 28, 2016 My name is Kate Pfeiffer, and I am one of the art therapists at Advocate Children’s Hospital – Park Ridge. March 2 of this year marked the one-year anniversary of full-time art therapy services on the Park…...

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