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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‘They’re the reason I’m still walking today’

  Bill Schrimpl had a massive heart attack in 2015 and was hospitalized 11 times the following year. Experts with the Advocate Heart Institute gave him options other hospital systems couldn’t and saved his life. “They’re the reason I’m still walking today,” shared Bill. Not only is he feeling better…...

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You can help people living with this disease that’s hard to diagnose

You might have experienced an occasional sleepless night at some point in your life. Work or family stresses can make it difficult to fall asleep or make you wake up after only a few hours. Sometimes though, sleeplessness can be an indicator of something far more serious. Pat Friedman, a…...

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A routine exam revealed two cancer diagnoses and saved Sue’s life

When Sue Lee scheduled her annual gynecologic exam last year, she didn’t have a single worry in mind. She was working full time as a senior caregiver and exercised regularly. She never smoked or drank alcohol. What happened after the appointment, though, was a cascade of shocking news. Lee was devastated…...

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Going from a heart attack to getting back to mountain biking

Charles Schuyler was an avid athlete who worked out regularly, so at age 54, he didn’t think he was at risk for having a heart attack. But as he was going about his routine of lifting weights one day, he started to feel a weird sensation throughout his chest. He…...

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Thank you for doubling the impact for heart patients like Jack

Because of the generosity of you and many other donors, we reached our Buschbach Match Challenge fundraising goal to benefit Advocate Children’s Heart Institute (ACHI). Longtime Advocate donors Joan and Jim Buschbach graciously agreed to match donations to ACHI dollar for dollar up to $30,000. That means we raised a grand…...

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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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