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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Supporting our leaders and each other

Dr. Chintan Mistry With a background in emergency medicine, Dr. Chintan Mistry, Chief Medical Officer, Advocate Medical Group – South Chicagoland PSA, already has a lot of experience dealing with situations that are tense and stressful. But when Advocate Aurora Health launched the Together as One Peer Support Program earlier…...

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Honoring Finn’s life by giving back

The Howells and baby Finn After two miscarriages, Gina Howell learned she was pregnant with twins in May 2018. “I was nervous and excited,” she shared. “It was not an easy pregnancy; I bled throughout. I also had frequent ultrasounds to make sure the babies were doing well.” Then Gina…...

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Adult Down Syndrome Center offers support for the whole family

Ashley Olaez Ismael Olaez was feeling lost. His daughter Ashley always enjoyed attending school and had relatively positive experiences with her teachers and classmates. But after she transitioned into high school in 2018, her parents noticed a shift in her mood and behavior, aligning with an increase in accidents and…...

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How your gifts helped a patient with a brain aneurysm

Six months after being rushed into emergency surgery for a ruptured brain aneurysm, Rocco Rubino felt his life was finally returning to normal. And yet the possibility of experiencing another life-threatening hemorrhagic stroke left a haze of uneasiness over him and his family. That constant fear has since subsided, 37-year-old…...

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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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