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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How one couple is using their IRA to leave a lasting impact for others

For Dick and Linda Marvil, there was no question they would make a gift to support Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital. The couple has been involved with the hospital going back to its inception. Dick and Linda Marvil chose to support Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital with an IRA charitable rollover. More…...

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The Buschbach Match Challenge: Together, we can help kids living with heart disease

Jim and Joan Buschbach are generously matching gifts to Advocate Children’s Heart Institute this October – up to $30,000! Every lifesaving diagnosis and treatment at Advocate Children’s Heart Institute is powered by our team of clinicians and you, our philanthropic supporters. Together, we are committed to enhancing the physical, emotional and…...

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Maryann’s story: 20+ years strong after breast cancer

Maryann Clesceri is a breast cancer survivor and a leader at Aurora Healing & Advocacy Services. Last year, Advocate Health Care and Aurora Health Care joined together to create Advocate Aurora Health, the 10th largest not-for-profit health system in the country. Your generosity will continue to make health care more…...

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From the NICU to the baseball field

The Burtnette family at Wrigley Field in Chicago When Jorie Burtnette became pregnant seven years ago, she and her husband Scott were ecstatic. After three unsuccessful IVF treatments, Jorie became pregnant with twin boys and was enjoying an uneventful pregnancy — until she hit week 30 of her pregnancy. “I…...

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Setting aside rivalries for a very special day

Tom and his donor’s niece, Jerzie At Miller Park recently, the rivalry between the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs was put aside to bring two families together for an incredible day! Tom underwent a heart transplant at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center last August. After the transplant, Tom wrote to…...

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Donors and attendees raise over $750,000 to support nursing programs at Advocate Aurora Health Gala

Rob Thomas was this year’s surprise music act. Close to 700 people attended the Advocate Aurora Health Gala on Saturday, September 7, at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. Guests were entertained by surprise music act, Rob Thomas, and raised more than $750,000 to enhance education and professional development for…...

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A legacy that will help others for years to come

Last year, Advocate Health Care and Aurora Health Care joined together to create Advocate Aurora Health, the 10th largest not-for-profit health system in the country. Your generosity will continue to make health care more accessible and compassionate for each person we serve. Here, we’re sharing stories about people, just like…...

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A life-saving procedure, even before birth

Sadie and Mira Christina and Jim were surprised to learn that they were expecting identical twin girls at one of their scheduled ultrasounds. These young parents of Sofia, 4, and Bryce, 2, were already accustomed to the regular checkups and ultrasounds that accompany pregnancy, but when Christina went in for…...

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Investing in young people and the future of health care

(L-R) Sandy Ewald, president of the Greater Green Bay Market; Kate Delcore, University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, biology/healthcare science; Trevor Stiede, Wisconsin Lutheran College, optometry; Brittany Rupp, Medical College of Wisconsin – Green Bay, med student; Grace Meyer, manager of patient access, Aurora BayCare Medical Center; Dr. Scott Voskuil, OBGYN,…...

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Making Healthy Happen at the Chicago Marathon

Laura Snyder, a registered nurse at Advocate Lutheran General, is motivated to train for the Chicago Marathon as part of Team Advocate for deeply personal reasons. “I made a huge change to my lifestyle last summer, and a big piece of that change has been becoming more physically active!” said…...

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