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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You can help individuals with Down syndrome get the specialized care they need

Nina was a young teenager when she started receiving care at Advocate Medical Group’s Adult Down Syndrome Center (ADSC). Located on the campus of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, the ADSC provides patients with everything from holistic care and support to education and resources. (L-R) Nina and her parents, Meg and…...

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Helping cancer patients cope with the mental trauma of the disease

Stephen and his daughter, Eleanora It was 2010, and Stephen Christian was just 30 years old when he was diagnosed with a glioma – a mass on the left side of his brain. He was living in Oregon at the time and had scans every few months to check on…...

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An ‘amazing experience despite a terrible situation’

Crispin, who’s 2 years old, is being treated for leukemia. Crispin is 2 years old and the youngest of four siblings. In mid-July, he started getting sick all the time. “We were going to our pediatrician every week,” explained his mom, Erin. “He’d have hand foot and mouth disease, an…...

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Thanks to you, Home Hospital is available to more patients during the height of this pandemic

Danniel, a retired farmer, received care in the comfort of his own home thanks to the generous support of donors. Danniel DeGrave, a 70-year-old retired Wisconsin farmer, hoped the symptoms that brought him to the hospital would lead to a diagnosis of “simple” pneumonia and not COVID-19. “But it turned…...

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You just helped us provide hundreds of free cancer screenings during a pandemic

Guadalupe Osorio is a community health worker at Aurora Walker’s Point Community Clinic. She’s holding one of the test kits that was dropped off at patients’ homes. Aurora Walker’s Point Community Clinic is the largest free clinic in Wisconsin and exists to serve people who don’t have other health care…...

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Thank you for making a difference!

Thank to you to team Happy Feet and so many more who participated in the virtual Bank of America Chicago Marathon to raise funds for Team Advocate! They raised just over $30,000 to enhance care and support our patients and communities! Happy Feet is a group of team members from the…...

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A “True” community effort to help health care heroes

Amy during one of her many meal deliveries to Advocate Sherman Hospital To say that Amy True Flota is driven would be an understatement. She takes the concept to a whole new level, and at no time was it more evident than in the early weeks and months of the…...

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How your gifts provide critical mental health services close to home

Paula Ulch earned her Post-Masters Psychiatric Nursing Certificate so she could work directly with patients and help them when they need it most. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the need for mental health services is on the rise. But even before the pandemic became widespread, the Aurora West Allis Medical…...

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Team member donors get an up-close look at Sheboygan hospital construction

Team members on the tour: (L-R) Rachel Rupnik, Carissa Ott, Ingrid Finley, Kristine Feustel, Adele Stich, hospital president Dave Graebner and Kyle Alvarez Construction of the new Aurora Medical Center in Sheboygan County recently hit a milestone of the “halfway mark” and some Advocate Aurora Health team members got an…...

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How five brothers are helping families stay connected during COVID-19

Andreas Christy (bottom center) and his family Working in the medical field is becoming somewhat of a tradition in Andreas Christy’s family. One of his older brothers is in medical school. Another is studying to become a dentist. Andreas, a college senior, is also planning to attend medical school. So,…...

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