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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An Advocate program is building leaders and a more inclusive workforce

Selena Alvarez Working in health care wasn’t something Selena Alvarez had ever considered. But when given the opportunity, she jumped at it so she could learn new skills and create a better future for herself and her family. She was involved in a program at the National Latino Education Institute…...

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She runs for her patients

Dr. Nater and her children Melissa Nater, MD, went from not running at all, to now — about to run her second marathon. Dr. Nater is a pediatric cardiac ICU physician at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL. She joined Team Advocate to run the Chicago Marathon and raise…...

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Moms and babies are staying together because of your gifts

(L-R) Sebastian and Emiliano In March 2021, Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) was home to a unique group of patients: five baby boys, and each boy was part of a set of twins. “Emiliano was in the NICU for a few days because his blood…...

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Grounded in gratitude

An estimated 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Greta Hoff learned she had breast cancer in January 2021. This is her story in her own words. Greta Hoff As the end of 2020 neared, I found myself reflecting on the year. What a…...

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Donor-supported research is keeping older patients out of the hospital

Ed and Suzanne Howe Being released from a hospital to the comforts of home is the goal of every patient and caregiver, but hospital readmissions are quite common, especially for the elderly. Readmissions create an increased health risk, greater financial burden and are often preventable. A frequent cause for readmission…...

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Your support helps people like Lindsey dream big

Lindsey Pazerunas, 26, has never let life’s obstacles stand in her way. From beating leukemia at the young age of 7 to navigating virtual interactions during COVID-19, she hasn’t slowed down. Pazerunas’ passion for singing, dancing and acting has led her to star in a recent virtual production of Les…...

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‘I might not be here today if I hadn’t had this screening’

Gina and her husband, Jerry Gina Wiener and her husband were heavy smokers for 30 years. It took them another decade to finally quit. “I was in the Army for 10 years; everyone smoked,” said Gina. “Quitting was a long and difficult process, but I finally stopped for good in…...

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Generous donations make walking trail a reality

John Hofer chose to honor his late wife through philanthropy. The new walking trail surrounding Aurora Medical Center – Bay Area offers a place to reflect, walk and remember a loved one. The Mary Hofer Walking Trail began as a generous donation from John Hofer, former team member and director…...

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Aging Well initiative receives generous gift to help older adults live well

Stanley Kritzik Stanley Kritzik recently made a significant gift to the Stanley Kritzik Innovation Fund to support the care of older adults across Advocate Aurora Health and in our communities. The donation will enhance programs and speed innovation for the Aging Well initiative, which is led by Michael Malone, MD,…...

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You can help patients like Peter get the mental health care they need

Peter getting ready for a dance competition Jeannine Cleary and Frank ten Brink have three children. Peter, who’s now 29, has Down syndrome. “Peter has always been aware he has Down syndrome, which wasn’t a problem until he reached adolescence,” shared his mother, Jeannine Cleary. “Around sophomore year he began…...

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