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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Virtual Camp Bear Hugs continues a tradition

A.J. and his grandmother The COVID-19 pandemic challenged the Post-Acute Division to find safe and effective ways to engage and care for patients with a wide range of needs. To that end, early in spring of 2020 the division undertook new initiatives. For example, it quickly expanded its virtual health…...

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From the ‘verge of giving up’ to becoming self-sufficient

Elliot At five months pregnant, Alexandra found herself homeless and in an abusive relationship with nowhere to turn. “At one point, I was sleeping in my truck. My child’s father threatened to kill me numerous times. I feared for my life as well as my unborn child’s,” she shared. “I was on…...

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Aurora Grafton celebrates milestones in robotics surgery and YOU helped make it happen

(L-R) Dr. Basil Salaymeh, Dr. Alex Zacharias, and Dr. James Rydlewicz, with Michelle Blakely, Aurora Grafton hospital president, celebrating their milestones in robotic surgery. Aurora Medical Center Grafton does more robotic surgeries than any other program in the state of Wisconsin and is in the top 4% of the country.…...

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How far we’ve come, how far we need to go

Mike and George, 1956 Advocate Medical Group’s Adult Down Syndrome Center announces $2.75 million matching gift to its fundraising campaign from the George and Bob Fund, in honor of brothers of Linda and Mike Mussallem. In the 1940s and 50s, information about how to care for children with Down syndrome…...

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Helping others along the way

Rashard and Donnidra Johnson The impact of the crash with the 18-wheeler truck sent Rashard Johnson’s 1994 Infiniti G20 ricocheting down the Florida Turnpike in Miami. Yet when his car finally came to a stop, Johnson walked away with no injuries. “The EMS technician on the scene said he was…...

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How a 13-year-old boy is helping refugee families

Noah (center) and his parents during the blessing of the bread and candles the night before his bar mitzvah service A bar mitzvah celebrates a significant milestone in the Jewish faith: the religious adulthood of a boy on his 13th birthday. For girls, the ceremony is called a bat mitzvah.…...

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Helping fellow team members on the frontlines

Jean was among the many Advocate Aurora Health team members to receive a bonus at the end of 2020 for her remarkable work and sacrifices during the pandemic. She is a case manager with Aurora Family Service who would typically see patients in home settings. With the pandemic, her interaction…...

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Your generosity enhances care for kids like Janiya

The parents of a 5-year-old girl from Indiana are thanking doctors at Advocate Children’s Hospital for saving their daughter’s life. Oshunda and Johnathan Johnson tell NBC 5 that their daughter, Janiya, was vomiting, feverish and exhausted as she experienced stomach pain and refused to eat. They took her to the…...

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Saying ‘thanks’ from the heart

Isaiah February is American Heart Month, and Advocate Children’s Hospital heart families are saying thank you to donors who helped them during difficult times. “We found out that Isaiah has double inlet left ventricle when I was pregnant with him at 17 weeks,” shared Glyza Vergara. This condition meant Isaiah…...

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We give back to show our gratitude and help other NICU families

Miles was born prematurely and spent the first month of his life in the NICU. Christine and Logan Derck are grateful parents and donors to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Their son, Miles, was born prematurely and spent a month in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). This is their…...

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