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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Making a difference: “It all started with my mom”

I’m a structural heart disease cardiologist and father of one (soon to be two) sons. Looking back, I believe that my mom was a big influence in the position I am in today. Growing up she volunteered her time to read to children and showed me how important it was…...

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Liliana’s last chemo

Watch six-year-old Lilianna celebrate her last in-house chemo treatment with her family and care team at Advocate Children’s Hospital! She was diagnosed with pre B acute lymphoblastic leukemia back in January of 2016. Her next step is power port removal. Lilianna loves the ocean, playing outside, Disney movies and country music…...

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They call him Lazarus

In October of 2016, Gustavo Raya witnessed a car theft. The thief drove the car down the street going the wrong direction at 100mph and slammed into Gustavo’s car, causing him to hit his head on the window shield. Stuck in the collision, his seat had to later be cut…...

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March for Babies

On average, 1,045 babies are born prematurely in the U.S. every day, according to March of Dimes. That’s nearly 10 percent of all babies born. Caitlin Blake, a labor and delivery nurse at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill., knows this reality all too well, especially since she…...

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Caring for underserved communities at home and abroad

“I believe my first real medical encounter may have been at Advocate Trinity Hospital in Chicago. I was 16, and the hospital was called South Chicago Community Hospital,” says Dr. Julie Taylor, who practices family medicine there today. When her father suffered a heart attack in their home, Dr. Taylor…...

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Running from the heart

I am proud to say I am a part of the Advocate charity running team and not only ran in the recent Shamrock Shuffle in Chicago, but will be taking on my first 13.1 (half marathon!) in less than 50 days in Maine. This year I am also excited to…...

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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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