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 gifts help first responders when seconds count

Molly Butz, with her daughter, Sydney, and husband, Jeff “I never thought I’d be raising money to support something that would happen at my own kid’s school,” explained Molly Butz, a Foundation Development Coordinator for Aurora Health Care Foundation, based in Oshkosh, WI. In early 2019, Molly was raising funds…...

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Is your family having a hard time being trapped at home? Try this.

We’re taking significant measures to protect our physical health, but in these times of uncertainty, it’s also extremely important to take care of our mental health. We’re facing a situation where we are not in control and are seeing an extreme amount of change that impacts us and our families.…...

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You can make a difference for patients and team members facing COVID-19

Many individuals are asking how they can help ensure Advocate Aurora team members have the resources they need to help the most people as they combat this community health concern. So, we are introducing a Relief Fund for Critical Care which will be used exclusively to provide additional resources needed…...

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Run for more than yourself: Join Team Advocate!

Lori Mackey has run 11 marathons in 8 years. So of course, she’s in great shape, but she is convinced that just about anyone can run a marathon if they’re motivated to do it. “I run to honor them. I run to support them.” Lori is talking about the pediatric…...

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How cancer survivors are becoming crusaders to help others

Nancy says the blue cape she was given during her cancer journey still holds special meaning for her. As Nancy Bennett sits and sews together capes that will be offered to cancer patients at Aurora Cancer Care in Grafton, she thinks about the impact it will have on the next…...

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Honoring their son’s legacy and helping others

It wasn’t until two months after he was born that Lewis A. Affetto, Jr.’s parents learned their son had been born with a congenital heart defect. “The doctors told us he should have died at birth and would probably not make it to his first birthday,” recalled Dolly Affetto, Lewis’s…...

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You can help athletes bring their game to the next level

Playing competitive sports in rural areas like Sheboygan County has its challenges. Dan Knaus (right) is the athletic director and head football coach at Plymouth High School. “I think student athletes are limited when it comes to sports programming,” said Dan Knaus, the athletic director and head football coach at…...

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How donors like you help make hospital stays easier for children and their families

Coping with a difficult diagnosis, a complex surgery or a long course of treatment can be extremely difficult for children and their families. But a special department at Advocate Children’s Hospital is making those situations easier to handle – all thanks to philanthropy. During the 2019 holiday season, donors generously…...

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Couple’s legacy lives on through $500K gift to Health Lives Here campaign

Ellen and Melvin Wagner lived a humble life in Sheboygan. He was an accountant. She was a housewife. They didn’t have children, and they were smart with their money. In 1968, their trust officer suggested they set up a foundation so they could have a lasting impact in their community.…...

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Family names second son after doctor who gave them time, hope & memories with their first

Tommy and Tracy McCarthy were devastated when their son, Jack, was diagnosed with Loeys-Dietz. This connective tissue disorder characterized by aortic aneurysms was weakening the main artery in his body. After the difficult diagnosis, the Ohio couple was turned down at several hospitals before traveling almost 400 miles to find hope…...

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