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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‘Cancer won’t stop me’

Nicole and her husband Nicole Houlihan is a GI cancer nurse navigator at Advocate Christ Medical Center. At the age of 27, she was diagnosed with a type of cancer that is more common in children. She was treated at Advocate Children’s Hospital. This is her story in her own…...

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The family practice physician who’s supporting his fellow providers

Dr. Masood Wasiullah (right) and his wife, Karin Physicians and clinicians will soon have a new, relaxing space to rest and recharge at Aurora St. Luke’s South Shore thanks to Dr. Masood Wasiullah, a family practice physician who worked at the hospital since the young age of 17. Dr. Wasiullah…...

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Your gifts help children cope with hospital stays and procedures

Children are often overwhelmed by the procedures and emotions that accompany an overnight hospital stay or extended treatment. The Child Life Program at Advocate Children’s Hospital helps alleviate the stress of being in a hospital through therapeutic activities such as medical play, art lessons, pet therapy, role play, games and…...

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How your support helped this clinician change her mindset and change her life

Dr. Rifat Khan After 25 years in medicine, Dr. Rifat Khan understands all too well why the medical profession experiences such high rates of stress and burnout. As an anesthesiologist at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL she is familiar with the fatigue and long hours that often…...

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Helping refugees find health and home in a new land

Po Too is a Refugee Program Coordinator at Aurora Walker’s Point Community Clinic. She’s also a refugee herself. Po Too understands the unique needs of the refugees who seek care at Aurora Walker’s Point Community Clinic. She knows them because she was one. She’s a Refugee Program Coordinator at the…...

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Finding care and connections from hundreds of miles away

Will owns a small business, Will’s Wares. Click on the photo to visit his website. Recently, Advocate Medical Group’s Adult Down Syndrome Center launched a $5.5 million fundraising campaign: At the Center of it all. As part of our campaign, we’re sharing stories of patients who directly benefit from the generosity…...

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Your support is the ‘backbone’ of this research

When COVID-19 first arrived in the United States in 2020, scientists and health care professionals knew little to none about the virus. Research has been critical to understanding how the virus is spread and how we can keep our health care professionals and community safe. Sigrun Hallmeyer, MD, Medical Director…...

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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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