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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How I saved my sister’s life

By Glora Brda My journey with breast cancer began 19 years ago in 1997 at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Ill. I had just received a negative mammogram, and there was no reason to be concerned, since breast cancer didn’t run in my family. Six months later though, I started thinking about having another…...

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Born too early

By Sarah Paddack, grateful mother I am grateful to be the mom of two healthy children. But that wasn’t always the case. Both of my kids were born premature. My son Liam spent 40 nights in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), where time stood still and I barely stepped…...

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Beyond the hospital walls

Over the last decade, the Advocate Bethany Fund has awarded $8 million in grants to benefit job training programs, a medical shelter for homeless adults and violence prevention programs for youth. More than 60,000 lives have been positively impacted through the services of community organizations like Lawndale Christian Legal Center…...

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Inspiring creative healing through materials and metaphor

By Lori Mackey, DAT, ATR-BC, LPC, CCLS On Sunday, October 8th, I lace up my running shoes in support of the Art Therapy program at Advocate Children’s Hospital Oak Lawn. My passion and dedication in the belief of the intrinsic healing nature of art and art making has woven a path…...

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The next chapter

By Matt Claver At the age of 16, when most guys are worrying about making the varsity football team and dating the cutest girl in school, I found myself in the ER on New Year’s Day with the worst headache I had ever experienced. I thought it was the worst…...

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Little hearts need big love

By Kevin Fitch When I tell people that I will be running the Chicago Marathon, many reply, “Now, why would you want to go and do that?” For many years, I felt the same way. Although I had completed many 5Ks, 10Ks and triathlons, the marathon seemed painful and boring.…...

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The traveling survivor

By Stuart M. Sankovitch On December 22, 1994, after a routine check-up at the pediatrician, my parents received news that their three-year-old son could have a brain tumor. Thanks to Dr. Hansen, I was rushed to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, where a thorough examination could be done. Dr. John Ruge…...

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An open letter to my son’s brain surgeon

By April Schippers What words do I use when no words exist to truly capture what you mean to our family? It was six long years ago that I first met you. We were in a dark, cramped x-ray room just a few doors down the hall from where Isaac…...

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A single stroke

By Ashley Burton, RN I still have trouble believing it happened, but at the age of 30, I had a stroke. While out for a run, I noticed a cramp in my shoulder, similar to a Charlie horse. When I got home the pain traveled down my arm and up…...

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Every second counts

Ginny was brought to the ER after suffering from numbness in her face and difficulty speaking and walking. Unfortunately, it turned out that those were just a few of the signs Ginny’s body showed when she suffered a major stroke at the mere age of 46. “I was completely taken…...

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