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 road race raises $13,000 for hospital

Matchbox and Hot Wheel toy cars inch past one another during one of the five virtual races staged by TIP 189 Racing that raised $13,000 for Advocate Condell Medical Center. Imagine you’re an amateur recreational race car driver sidelined by stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. What would you do?…...

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Hearts for hope

When Garrett Schoenberger developed a fever and was experiencing breathing difficulty, he knew a trip to Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh was in order. And it’s where he would spend the next 17 days, the majority of those in the intensive care unit (ICU), intubated and on a ventilator. Garrett…...

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How philanthropy helps families like Olivia’s through difficult times

Carmenia and Olivia Brooks In the best of times, life is challenging for Carmenia Brooks and her 12-year-old daughter, Olivia. “My daughter has a lot of medical issues, and I’m a single working mother,” explained Carmenia. “We also don’t have any family here to support us.” They do get care…...

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A message from Advocate Children’s Hospital President Mike Farrell

These are unprecedented times in health care. In the past couple of months, this pandemic has taken us into uncharted waters. COVID-19 is even affecting children in new ways. But I am so proud of the way Advocate Children’s Hospital and hospitals across Advocate Aurora Health have responded in caring…...

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Forever grateful for great care

Jeannie and Adam Clemens are the proud parents of Jake, who was born with tracheoesophageal fistula. Jake was born via C-section on April 3, 2019, at Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn to Jeannie and Adam Clemens. It didn’t take long to realize that something was wrong. “He turned blue…...

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Our community cares

Kohler Co. donated 500 face shields to protect team members during the pandemic. When we launched our Health Lives Here campaign in 2018, we could not have imagined where we’d be in 2020 – in the midst of a global pandemic that’s affecting so many across the world and in…...

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Your support helps our frontline team members keep going

Mollie Ward, head chaplain at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center Providing connection when it’s needed most The isolation that has come along with COVID-19 is devastating for patients and those who care for them. Mollie Ward is the head chaplain at Advocate Bromenn Medical Center in Normal, IL and since her…...

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A community show of gratitude

Team members took a break to enjoy food donated by First Bank Financial. “Your donation and appreciation brought smiles to my team and added an energy burst to our day and work week,” said Joseph Schneider, Manager of Environmental Services at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton. Joseph and his team…...

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Advocate Aurora’s COVID-19 Relief Fund for Critical Care receives significant grant from Bank of America

Advocate Aurora Health announced its COVID-19 Relief Fund for Critical Care received a $500,000 donation from Bank of America. This grant will make a tremendous impact in the fight against COVID-19 by providing resources to our patients, families and communities, and will further support our teams’ important work during this health…...

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A very sweet gesture of thanks for health care heroes

Adija Smith has donated more than 1,600 cookies to Aurora Health Care team members in the Milwaukee area. Like so many across the country, Adija Smith has been directly impacted by the coronavirus epidemic. Her cookie business, Confectionately Yours, was thriving, but now has been closed for weeks.  “We were…...

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