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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Living with gratitude

By Agnes Richardson Because it cannot be bought, borrowed, returned or replaced, time is an invaluable commodity in our lives. Although time cannot be owned, it is quite often stolen, and one of the greatest thieves of time is the diagnosis of cancer. This is the lesson I have learned…...

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Special care I never knew I needed

By Suzanne Boylan Murray It’s like riding a roller coaster when you have a sick child. Some days you are up, and some days you are down. My son’s name is Kenny, and today he is a happy and active 3 year-old. He adores his big sister Maddie. But Kenny…...

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How an innovative cancer treatment saved Roger’s life

Roger Rivera knew something wasn’t right when he started having chest pains almost two years ago. But after a trip to his doctor and a couple tests, he was sent home with no signs of a problem. Four months later, Roger was back at his doctor’s office with shoulder pain.…...

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Tiny beginnings

By Mary Claire Sopchyk A snowy Friday morning in January seemed like a good day for my husband to work from home. Thirty-two weeks pregnant with our third child, I welcomed the extra set of hands to help get our two daughters ready for the day. Little did we know…...

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Today we beat breast cancer

Lavina, a decorated theater director, is a young woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer in late December 2016. She underwent chemotherapy, surgery and radiation therapy at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago. Although she “completed” her treatment at the hospital at the time of the taping, she is still on…...

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How I saved my sister’s life

By Glora Brda My journey with breast cancer began 19 years ago in 1997 at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Ill. I had just received a negative mammogram, and there was no reason to be concerned, since breast cancer didn’t run in my family. Six months later though, I started thinking about having another…...

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Born too early

By Sarah Paddack, grateful mother I am grateful to be the mom of two healthy children. But that wasn’t always the case. Both of my kids were born premature. My son Liam spent 40 nights in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), where time stood still and I barely stepped…...

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Beyond the hospital walls

Over the last decade, the Advocate Bethany Fund has awarded $8 million in grants to benefit job training programs, a medical shelter for homeless adults and violence prevention programs for youth. More than 60,000 lives have been positively impacted through the services of community organizations like Lawndale Christian Legal Center…...

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Inspiring creative healing through materials and metaphor

By Lori Mackey, DAT, ATR-BC, LPC, CCLS On Sunday, October 8th, I lace up my running shoes in support of the Art Therapy program at Advocate Children’s Hospital Oak Lawn. My passion and dedication in the belief of the intrinsic healing nature of art and art making has woven a path…...

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The next chapter

By Matt Claver At the age of 16, when most guys are worrying about making the varsity football team and dating the cutest girl in school, I found myself in the ER on New Year’s Day with the worst headache I had ever experienced. I thought it was the worst…...

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