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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Losing to win, running to inspire

Roberto and Luis Hernandez, twins from the south side of Chicago, come from a big family with a strong Mexican-American background. While they had a great childhood, they struggled with their weight most of their lives. “When our parents were growing up, they were poor—meals were never a guarantee. They…...

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Health benefits of giving back

You have heard of “runner’s high,” but do you know about “giver’s glow”? Some studies show that being generous, both of your time and money, not only helps those in need, but also had physical and emotional benefits for the giver. According to Deborah Fields, a licensed clinical professional counselor…...

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Giving back helps family keep daughter’s memory alive

By Carrie Siemek I’ll never forget November 15, 2005 – a day that forever changed our lives. We welcomed our third beautiful daughter, Natalie Anne, at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill. Unbeknownst to us, Natalie showed complications at birth and was diagnosed with hypo-plastic right heart syndrome later that…...

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A surprise diagnosis

By Erin Burke In summer 2015, I stumbled into a diagnosis of celiac disease almost by accident. I had been struggling with bloating for a long time and could not figure out the reason. While doing research on the internet, I discovered that bloating was a potential symptom of celiac…...

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ADSC patient’s determination to run inspires annual 5K

Every year Billy Fabbri has an annual appointment with his physician, Brian Chicoine, MD, at the Adult Down Syndrome Center, but his appointment in 2002 was different than past checkups. Billy wasn’t asking the routine questions, he was only asking one: “Am I healthy enough to run my first 5K?”…...

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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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