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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Honoring Camden by Making a Big Difference in Lives of the Little

By Lauren and Alex Humes, Co-founders of Camden’s Comfort Project and proud parents to an angel Published on August 01, 2016 On November 1, 2014, our lives changed forever. We became new parents when our son, Camden, was born prematurely via emergency C-section at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and…...

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5th Annual Mikey’s Hike for Hope

By Duncan Rarity, grateful grandfather and hiker Published on July 28, 2016 My grandson, Mike Rarity Jr. (Mikey, as we call him) was born on January 7, 2011, with double right ventricle outlet syndrome and also diagnosed with DiGeorge syndrome. Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect affecting…...

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Nicole’s Hope on Wheels: Grant Support for Pediatric Oncology

By Jason Canner, MD, division head for pediatric oncology at Advocate Children’s Hospital Published on July 25, 2016 Nicole Munoz was only a junior in high school when she underwent treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma at Advocate Children’s Hospital. Although she was forced to miss the second half of her junior…...

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Health Care Training Provides Opportunities, Changes Lives

By Clayton Pryor, MA, Director of Workforce Development at Advocate Health Care Published on July 18, 2016 Since caring for her grandmother when she was younger, LaSonna Reeves has had a passion to work in health care and make a difference in people’s lives. But years of financial struggles and…...

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Adam’s Love for Life Lives On

By Lou and Caroline Carrillo, grateful parents and volunteers Published on July 05, 2016 Soon after our son, Adam, was born, we noticed he was missing some early milestones. He was diagnosed with developmental delays, but no specific disease or syndrome, so we started treating his symptoms. He had lots…...

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Giving Back: Why I Volunteer

By Cindy Mammoser, grateful parent and Family Advisory Council Co-Chair Published on June 22, 2016 When our daughter, Kira, passed away in May 2013, we were dealing with an unimaginable loss of our sweet little girl. During this heart wrenching time, we were fortunate to have the support of the…...

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Fitness, Fun for Everyone: Snapshots of the Day

By Scott Wozencraft, Development Manager, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Published on June 15, 2016 I have to admit I received a little good-natured ribbing for not running in the “Fitness, Fun for Everyone” 5K Run/3K Walk that Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Fitness Center team recently hosted for the Advocate Medical…...

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Caring for Kids with Complex Medical Conditions

By Patricia Notario, MD, FAAP Medical Director, Coordinated Care for Children with Medical Complexity Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn Published on June 09, 2016 I grew up in the Washington DC area and, from kindergarten through 12th grade, I attended an all-girls Catholic school that prided itself on providing…...

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Supporting Cancer Survivors Through Charitable Giving

By Linda Rivard, RN, Mom and Clinical Coordinator of the Pediatric Oncology Survivorship in Transition Clinic Published on June 05, 2016 My son Billy was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 5 and treated in the pediatric oncology clinic at Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn in 1996. He…...

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It Takes a Village: Coming Together to Battle Brain Cancer

By Lisa Kersting, grateful mom Published on May 26, 2016 “It takes a village” can sound like such a cliché but it actually rings true for us. If it were not for our village—the Midwest Children’s Brain Tumor Center (MCBTC), and our family and friends—our journey would have been vastly…...

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