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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March4Meg: Dedicated to the fight

According to the American Cancer Society, 3.3 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year. Melanoma is one of the fastest growing cancers in the United States and throughout the world. Every hour of every day, melanoma takes a life. Promoting awareness can save lives, as melanoma is curable…...

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Life-saving screening for young athletes

By ACF contributor As a parent, Colleen Graham Dow says the decision was a “no brainer.” She immediately said “yes” when offered the opportunity to have her daughter, Katie, tested during the Young Hearts for Life Cardiac Screening Program at her high school. Katie, a junior and member of the…...

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Changing course: Opportunities within the Healthcare Workforce Collaborative

By LaTara Ward, CNA When I gave birth to my first son, I could have never imagined the diagnosis he was about to receive: cancer. After spending years in and out of the hospital with him to treat his neuroblastoma, I knew I wanted to be on the other end…...

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Without limits: Autism Treatment Program changing lives

By Valeria Nanclares, Psy.D. I am a clinical psychologist and I have dedicated my professional career to working with children with developmental disabilities, in particular autism spectrum disorders, and their families. I am originally from Argentina. I came to the United States in the late 90s and in 1999, I…...

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Never hidden: Growing up with Down syndrome

By Bo Thompson It was July 1966. My family, which, at the time, consisted of seven brothers, five sisters, mom and dad, had just moved into a big house in small-town Indiana. I was just five years old and would be starting the first grade come September. We had the…...

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Delivering Health Care Where Kids Need it Most

Published on March 27, 2017 By ACF contributor Fourteen-year-old Arturo Fonseca waited patiently for his school-physical appointment. But instead of walking into a doctor’s office, he and his mom, Rocio, boarded a 40-feet by 8-feet mobile clinic parked outside his school on Chicago’s southwest side. Arturo was one of 16…...

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Healing Gifts

Healing Gifts is the magazine of Advocate Charitable Foundation. Twice a year, it brings you stories of individuals whose lives are touched by philanthropy, as well as reports on how charitable gifts help Advocate’s hospitals and programs provide excellent, compassionate care throughout Chicagoland and Central Illinois.  ...

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History in the Making

By Karyn Odway Published on March 20, 2017 Who would have thought I would be part of so many “firsts” because of my brother Gary and Advocate Medical Group’s Adult Down Syndrome Center? The latest “first” involved a trip to Springfield to be recognized by Illinois lawmakers and to witness…...

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Meet Mason

Published on March 13, 2017 Mason Briese has been through a lot since birth, but you would never know it by the way he wears his big smile. From two days old, there were complications—Mason’s tiny heart wasn’t working as it should. But, this “little man” is not so little…...

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A Day in the Life of a Child Life Specialist

Published on March 06, 2017 March is Child Life Month! The goal is to raise awareness about the child life profession and share how child life specialists can help parents, siblings and patients cope with traumatic life events. In honor of this month, our very own child life specialist, Jamie,…...

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