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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Defying All Odds

By Jennifer Spitkovsky, grateful patient Published on February 27, 2017 Before I could walk, talk, think for myself and barely even open my eyes, my heart journey began. At just three months old, I endured an emergency surgery. Afterward, doctors delivered my parents some (literally) heartbreaking news—I was born with a…...

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Relaxing Rhythms: How Music Helps the Healing Process

By Joanne Glover, Certified Music Practitioner Published on February 13, 2017 For more than 30 years, I have enjoyed an amazing career as a professional musician, playing the harp for formal concerts, social events and religious services. Believing that the power of music goes beyond entertainment, I enrolled in the…...

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First Look for Charity 2017: Great Times, Great Cause

By Kevin Keefe, Owner of Brilliance Subaru in Elgin and member of the Advocate Sherman Development Council Published on February 06, 2017 In the spring of 2014, I opened Brilliance Subaru of Elgin right across the street from Advocate Sherman Hospital. Being involved in the community is very important to…...

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Expanding Cancer Services

By Jo Amick, Vice President of Development at Good Samaritan Hospital Published on January 30, 2017 On January 10, I had the privilege of standing beside former patients, donors, physicians and hospital leadership at the grand opening of our new Bhorade Cancer Center. The new Cancer Center is part of…...

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Your Impact: A Year in Review

By Randy Varju, President & Chief Development Officer of Advocate Charitable Foundation Published on January 23, 2017 Thank you to all of our friends and donors for making 2016 an exceptional year for Advocate Health Care. As a not-for-profit organization, Advocate relies on philanthropic alliances to fulfill our mission. Thanks to…...

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ADSC Turns 25: A View From the Front Desk

By Shirley Lange, ADSC Patient Representative Published on January 16, 2017 Advocate Medical Group’s Adult Down Syndrome Center, located on the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital campus, is proudly celebrating 25 years of serving the adult Down syndrome community—and I am beyond delighted to have been a part of the Center’s…...

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Stopping Violence, Spreading Hope

By Rev. Wendell Oman Published on January 09, 2017 Troubling times Hopelessness is a major theme in the lives of those trapped in a culture of violence. Causes of poverty are far-reaching and systemic, and have seen few lasting inroads over the past several decades in America. Death and lifelong…...

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Miracle After Miracle

By Susie Watts Published on January 03, 2017 “All best wishes to a miracle,” Dr. John Ruge wrote for our daughter, Libby, on her 30th birthday. Words not said lightly, words with an impact, words that had both my husband and me in tears. Libby’s original due date had been…...

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Honoring a lifetime of giving

Born and raised in Elgin, Lane and Bev Hoffman have built strong ties within the community—and that includes their local hospital. The couple served Advocate Sherman Hospital in many ways over the years, so it is very fitting that Bev is honoring her late husband by naming the new Complete…...

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Making an Impact: Donating Real Estate

By Michaeline A. Gordon, JD If you are like many people, real estate comprises a significant percentage of your estate, however, changing circumstances may cause you to reconsider real estate holdings and planning options. With careful planning, donating real estate can be an optimal way for you to support your…...

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