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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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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Philanthropy: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

By Arnie Harris, President & CEO, Harris & Harris Published on December 19, 2016 Sometimes I find myself reviewing the stock market pages in the newspaper to see how my investments are doing. I study the daily moves, as well as the monthly, quarterly and yearly returns. I spend time…...

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Buschbach $10k Matching Challenge: What Difference Will My Gift Make?

Published on November 28, 2016 By making a gift, you are supporting children like Nia and Zoey in Child Life Programs by doubling your impact for the patients served at Advocate Children’s Hospital. To learn more about the $10K Buschbach Matching Challenge 2016, visit our website. Meet Nicole Brown: Grateful…...

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Angels Among Us: Life in the NICU

By Meghan Beatty, grateful patient Published on November 01, 2016 Our family’s story began when my husband and I found out we were expecting—twins. To say that we were shocked would be an understatement. Of course we were thrilled, but definitely in shock…and more than a bit terrified. All along…...

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Part One: From High Risk Pregnancy to Breast Cancer Diagnosis

By Elida Cano, grateful patient Published on October 18, 2016 My husband and I had been happily married for eleven years, and five of those years were dedicated to trying to get pregnant. As happy as we were, it was exhausting trying for so long. Then in 2013, the moment…...

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Two-time Survivor, All-time Inspiration

By Amy Seratt, RN, BSN, in the Level I Trauma Services Department at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital Published on October 11, 2016 When I was young, I was a hyperactive kid who loved to make people laugh. I dreamed of being in advertising and wanted to create commercials–especially the little…...

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