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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A cancer diagnosis while pregnant?

Colorectal cancer, more commonly known as colon cancer, is the third most common cause of cancer among women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While colon cancer is rare in pregnancy, with only a 0.002 -0.005 percent chance of occurrence, according to Dr. Amar Hamad, a…...

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A truly special gift

How one couple is ensuring nurses have the tools and support needed to provide safe, high quality care Teryl Schawk always knew she wanted to be a nurse. Growing up, Teryl began her nursing career as an 11-year-old hospital volunteer. After high school, she worked for a year before she…...

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A dream come true for Advocate Children’s Heart Institue patient

Kyle’s Story When Melissa and Larry Munch were pregnant with their son Kyle, they learned he was diagnosed with a congenital heart condition. At the time, they lived in Rockford and it was recommended to them that they seek care at Advocate Children’s Hospital – and they did just that.…...

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How a 17-year old girl faced cancer head on

Alysson Wittmeyer was 17 years old and in her first semester at the University of Iowa in the Fall of 2015. She was studying enterprise leadership/business and preparing for the upcoming rowing season when she landed in the ER the week before Thanksgiving break. Her next couple days were a…...

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From the heart: Nurse knits newborn hats educating families about heart disease

Smiles can be seen far and wide on the Mother and Baby Unit at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, as newborns don little hand-crafted red hats in honor of heart disease awareness and prevention. Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital nurse Jillian Wisniowicz, who works with cardiac and neurological patients, put her knitting…...

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Little Hats, Big Hearts

In recognition of American Heart Month, Advocate Health Care will distribute red crocheted hats to all babies born in February to help raise awareness about heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country. This is the…...

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Mighty Max Takes on the World

When Joya Bardezbanian went into labor with their second child, Maximos, on December 9, 2014, she and her husband, Bryce, could have never been prepared for what would transpire next. Their presumably healthy baby boy would soon become hypoxic once transferred to the nursery. Max, just a few hours old,…...

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A grandfather who’s grateful for a second chance

Experiencing pressure in his chest simply from cutting the grass wasn’t a warning sign to Vito that his heart might not be healthy. It took a suggestion from his niece and the love of his wife and grandchildren to convince him to visit Advocate Heart Institute at Lutheran General Hospital for a…...

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“Nobody lost faith in me”

By Bhavanasri Achi It was a nice, sunny Saturday morning in July 2016, and my family was going on a road trip to Lake Geneva. We were on our way to the lake with fun-filled excitement in our minds, when all of a sudden a truck hit our car at an intersection.…...

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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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