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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Your support has helped us perform 1,000 heart transplants

The surgical team at Aurora St. Luke’s performs its 1,000th heart transplant. Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee recently hit a significant milestone – its 1,000th heart transplant. This 1000th transplant saved the life of Mary Zimmerman, 67, of Oak Creek. After 14 months on the waitlist, Mary’s prayers…...

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How little ‘angels’ are sending patients comfort and love

There’s a very special program underway at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in downtown Milwaukee. It began with 12 enthusiastic young Jewish students at a local synagogue. (L-R) Chaplain Aggie and Cecilia with some of the handmade “healing cards” “In addition to being the chaplain at Aurora Sinai, I’m also an…...

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We give back to honor our son and help other grieving parents

The Lang family Maggie Lang and her family are honoring their late son by providing other grieving parents with a way to keep precious memories. This is her story in her own words. On December 2, 2014, time stood still. Our son, Bennett Corley Lang, was born peacefully sleeping at…...

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Local firefighters promised to come through for kids during the pandemic – and they did

Members of the Oak Lawn Fire Department raised over $6,600 to support kids at Advocate Children’s Hospital. In a normal holiday season, Advocate Children’s Hospital would have accepted hundreds of donated toys and games that would have brought smiles to so many patients’ faces. But 2020 was anything but normal…...

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Keeping their baby’s memory alive while helping others

Emily, Ryan and their two sons next to a Cuddle Cot they donated in memory of their daughter, Charlie In 2012 and Ryan and Emily Thomas were about to expand their family with a new baby girl named Charlie. The plan was to have their baby at Advocate Condell Medical…...

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Your support keeps children like Henry and Walter safe

(L-R) Walter and Henry Lynzie Farbak was expecting her first son in 2018, and like many new parents, she went to a local fire department to have her infant car seat installed. “They installed seats in my van, my fiancé’s car and my mother’s car,” explained Lynzie. “Putting car seats…...

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Mobile Dental Program helps create smiles for patients

Julia flashes her beautiful new smile after receiving dentures from the Mobile Dental Program. Julia Ordonez has gone without teeth for 20 years. She is 79 years old and didn’t have regular dental insurance. She thought there was nothing that could be done. “I went to three different dentists and…...

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Honoring a legacy of giving

Evelyn and Ray at their 50th anniversary celebration Ray and Evelyn Lucivansky lived in several places after they got married in 1956, but they always called Lake Geneva home. It was where they met when they were young and where they decided to retire. They even lived in Evelyn’s childhood…...

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ICU nurse finds gratitude in the time of COVID-19

It’s hard to imagine that a health care hero working on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic would have much to feel grateful for this holiday season. But you should meet Cheryl Breitlow, a registered nurse who began her medical career 38 years ago with Aurora Health Care and…...

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Celebrating the day he almost died, and the team who saved him

Dr. Geis, his wife, Donna, and two of their kids in Grand Cayman. This vacation was not long after he left the rehab facility and was still using a cane. It was early in the morning on Nov. 22, 2014. A day George Geis, MD, almost didn’t survive. As an…...

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