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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Meant to be

“Trey needed us,” says Sandra Figatner. “He was meant to be my child.” The Figatner family traveled to China to adopt Trey when he was barely four years old. Sandra Figatner had seen his picture and knew her family could help this little boy with special needs. But Sandra knew…...

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First five years of life are critical for healthy brain development

For La’Tasha Lee, MS, DT, CDS, Fridays mean newborn visits in the Ambulatory Clinic at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn. This is the first visit to the pediatrician’s office for these day-old babies, but La’Tasha has decades of experience and wisdom to offer their new parents. La’Tasha is a…...

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Helping survivors heal

By Ann Adlington The statistics on sexual violence in the United States are sobering. According to the Department of Justice, there are, on average, more than 320,000 victims of rape and sexual assault in the United States every year. What is even more sobering is the fact that many of these…...

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Faith Community Nurses make big impact from cradle to grave

On a hot Friday morning, nearly 100 people gather outside Our Lady of Tepeyac Parish in Pilsen, Ill. for its weekly food pantry. Some have been waiting in line since 7 am. The pantry opens at noon. In a neighborhood where the average annual household income is $22,000 per year,…...

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Advocate Giving Campaign: A part of the tradition

Meet Dr. Tony Hampton Dr. Hampton has been a family physician with Advocate Medical Group’s Beverly Immediate Care Center for almost ten years. For the last few years, he has found great pleasure in making a gift during the Advocate Giving Campaign. Because Dr. Hampton’s wife has diabetes, he has spent most…...

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Losing to win, running to inspire

Roberto and Luis Hernandez, twins from the south side of Chicago, come from a big family with a strong Mexican-American background. While they had a great childhood, they struggled with their weight most of their lives. “When our parents were growing up, they were poor—meals were never a guarantee. They…...

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Health benefits of giving back

You have heard of “runner’s high,” but do you know about “giver’s glow”? Some studies show that being generous, both of your time and money, not only helps those in need, but also had physical and emotional benefits for the giver. According to Deborah Fields, a licensed clinical professional counselor…...

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Giving back helps family keep daughter’s memory alive

By Carrie Siemek I’ll never forget November 15, 2005 – a day that forever changed our lives. We welcomed our third beautiful daughter, Natalie Anne, at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill. Unbeknownst to us, Natalie showed complications at birth and was diagnosed with hypo-plastic right heart syndrome later that…...

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A surprise diagnosis

By Erin Burke In summer 2015, I stumbled into a diagnosis of celiac disease almost by accident. I had been struggling with bloating for a long time and could not figure out the reason. While doing research on the internet, I discovered that bloating was a potential symptom of celiac…...

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ADSC patient’s determination to run inspires annual 5K

Every year Billy Fabbri has an annual appointment with his physician, Brian Chicoine, MD, at the Adult Down Syndrome Center, but his appointment in 2002 was different than past checkups. Billy wasn’t asking the routine questions, he was only asking one: “Am I healthy enough to run my first 5K?”…...

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