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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Emotional bell ringing signals new chapter for prostate cancer survivor

Rick Gaber (right) celebrated the end of his cancer journey and his 68th birthday on the same day. When it comes to your health, surprises often aren’t good. A shocking diagnosis can feel like a train speeding toward you out of thin air. Rick Gaber’s experience was a little different.…...

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Donor-supported research uncovers potential treatment for drug-resistant breast cancer

Jun Yin (right), research scientist, confers with Dr. Judy Tjoe, breast oncology surgeon, on a research project. A study recently published in Cancer Letters found that a known anticancer drug was effective in treating a common type of breast cancer that is often resistant to traditional treatment. The project, led by Aurora…...

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Your generosity helps kids like Kylan and their families

It was an unforgettable evening for eight patients and their families who, along with hundreds of other guests, attended Chicago Auto Show’s First Look for Charity on Friday, February 7. “To see Kylan smile during the entire event made us so happy,” said Raina Blake, who enjoyed the evening with…...

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U.S. record: 250K Illinois students screened for heart conditions; hundreds of students’ lives potentially saved

Dr. Marek reviews the ECG results of a student at Montini High School with volunteers Bill Christensen and Jeri Gosselin. We’ve all heard the tragic stories of a young adult collapsing and dying suddenly while participating in sports. In the United States, nearly 60 young adults die every week from…...

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Compassionate care in the comfort of home

As a newborn, Calvin received treatment for jaundice at home with the help of a special phototherapy blanket. When Nick and Jeannie Fischer’s son, Calvin, was born, Jeannie thought it would be a breeze. As a second-time mom and stepmom, she felt confident that taking care of her newborn would…...

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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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