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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You can help families stay together during difficult times

Twins Collins and Delaney were born at 31-and-a-half weeks and spent 6 weeks in the NICU. Stephanie Warren started having spontaneous contractions when she was 31-and-a-half weeks pregnant with twin girls. She and her husband rushed to Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center in hopes of stopping her labor. But their…...

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Thank you for raising $6.1M through the Give Well Campaign!

That’s a wrap on our 2019 Advocate Aurora Give Well Campaign and we are so grateful to our team members who gave back. You raised and incredible $6.1M to help your local community, including $4.6M for Advocate Aurora Health funds. Thousands of you from across our entire footprint made meaningful…...

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‘I was determined to survive for my family’

Dr. Govostis (left) and his family Dr. Dean Govostis has been a vascular surgeon for more than 28 years. He says he’s never been hospitalized, never needed an IV and in fact, has never really been sick. That all changed … in a heartbeat, in August 2019. “I was in…...

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‘We’re going to change lives’

As director of Aurora Sports Health at Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center, Adam Brill has helped plenty of people get back on their feet. And he’s thrilled to have the chance to expand services to more people in the community. “What we’re trying to create with the Health Lives Here…...

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My Super Cooper: ‘His heart stopped beating for three minutes’

After a day of playing video games and being a typical 15-year-old, my son Cooper came down with a stomach ache and started vomiting. As the pain got worse, he became pale and we knew something didn’t seem right, so we decided to take him to the emergency department. Not…...

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Your gifts help provide “5-star” care from the comfort of home

At 85 years old, Tony Frittitta copes daily with symptoms of hypertension and painful lymphedema. But his humor is still intact. Tony (right) receives care in the comfort of his own home thanks to Aurora Health at Home, which is supported by donors. “Dieting is just like marriage; it takes…...

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A holiday tradition of giving

For the eleventh year in a row, Jessie Tendayi, a cafeteria worker from Advocate Trinity Hospital in Chicago, turned a waiting room at Advocate Children’s Hospital into a real-life toy store. Jessie donates thousands of dollars’ worth of toys to the young hospitalized patients to lift their spirits and spread…...

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Man treated for breast cancer speaks out to raise awareness for others

Luis Lopez was one of the estimated 2,200 men diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Each year, nearly 250,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. Early detection is key to treatment and survival, awareness is key. However a percentage of those diagnosed with breast cancer may…...

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‘Parents shouldn’t have to worry about being miles away from their child’

All of the Volkomener children spent time in the NICU when they were born. Samantha Volkomener and her family are very familiar with what it’s like to have a baby stay in a neonatal intensive care unit. They’ve had 3. “Our twins were born at 31 weeks. They stayed in…...

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How your gift can help save children like Jacob

Jacob learned he had a serious heart condition after a free screening through Young Hearts for Life. The call came in before 8 a.m. The caller explained to Amy Mumm that something might be wrong with her son’s heart. It was not a call that she was expecting. Jacob was…...

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