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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One in eight women

Never in a million years did Beth Levy think she would be the one in the one in eight women who have breast cancer. “You think, you’re young – under 40, you work out every day, eat healthy, sleep eight hours a night, cancer can’t happen to me. And then…...

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“I want people to know that I can do anything!”

 Meet Angela – Her friends call her Angie! She’s been volunteering at Advocate Health Care for over five years. Angie is a participant at our Adult Down Syndrome Center at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. That’s where her volunteer journey began. “At my yearly physical five years ago,…...

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Scott Powder: Chief Strategy Officer and Philanthropist

Scott Powder started his career at Advocate Health Care in 1993 after earning his master’s degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He has held numerous business development and strategy positions during his tenure, and was recently named Chief Strategy Officer for Advocate Aurora Health. In…...

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Crossing the finish line

On Sunday, October 7, 210 runners completed the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon as part of Advocate Health Care’s charity running team. Together Team Advocate raised more than $271,000 in support of Advocate’s hospital and programs—and gifts are still coming in. Each runner received support along the training journey…...

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Marathon Milestone

By Lori Mackey October 7 will mark my 10th marathon. Ten marathons in seven years; completing one is a huge accomplishment. Working toward a 10th…well, I’m not sure what that says about me. Training for a marathon is an enormous commitment. It takes more than just time and dedication. It…...

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The perfect storm

For MaryBeth McCarthy, her second pregnancy was anything but normal. “I just feel lucky to be alive right now,” she says. Her health saga started back in November of 2017. McCarthy, who is a nurse practitioner, went to the emergency department at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, near her work, with…...

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A perfect gift

Dr. Steven A. Nagel established his charitable gift annuity to benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital. What a fitting way to honor the memories of both his father, a pediatrician and member of the Medical Staff at the hospital, and his grandfather, who was…...

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Running for more birthdays

By Caitlin Olejnik October 7, 2018 is a special day, not only because I will be running my first marathon, but because it’s also my daughter Loralai’s third birthday. It is because of the excellent care from the doctors at Advocate Health Care that Loralai will be celebrating a happy…...

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Advocate Workforce Initiative paves pathway to success

The job search: a daunting task, especially for unemployed, underemployed and low-to-moderate income residents in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. In collaboration with a series of partnerships, the Advocate Workforce Initiative program aligns individuals with entry middle-skill health care jobs and serves as a valuable stepping stone to advance in the…...

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Team Advocate runner turns passion into profession

By coincidence, a career path can develop in the most meaningful, but unexpected of ways.JamieLick, a member of Advocate’s charity running team, found his life-long passion in midst of tragedy. When Jamie was in eighth grade, his best friend, Andrew, was diagnosed with cancer. In 2009, Andrew passed away at…...

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