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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.

If you are a patient, donor or partner who would like to share your story to be possibly featured on our blog, please email us at advocategiving@advocatehealth.com.


Your gifts help provide “5-star” care from the comfort of home

At 85 years old, Tony Frittitta copes daily with symptoms of hypertension and painful lymphedema. But his humor is still intact. Tony (right) receives care in the comfort of his own home thanks to Aurora Health at Home, which is supported by donors. “Dieting is just like marriage; it takes…...

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A holiday tradition of giving

For the eleventh year in a row, Jessie Tendayi, a cafeteria worker from Advocate Trinity Hospital in Chicago, turned a waiting room at Advocate Children’s Hospital into a real-life toy store. Jessie donates thousands of dollars’ worth of toys to the young hospitalized patients to lift their spirits and spread…...

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Man treated for breast cancer speaks out to raise awareness for others

Luis Lopez was one of the estimated 2,200 men diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Each year, nearly 250,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. Early detection is key to treatment and survival, awareness is key. However a percentage of those diagnosed with breast cancer may…...

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‘Parents shouldn’t have to worry about being miles away from their child’

All of the Volkomener children spent time in the NICU when they were born. Samantha Volkomener and her family are very familiar with what it’s like to have a baby stay in a neonatal intensive care unit. They’ve had 3. “Our twins were born at 31 weeks. They stayed in…...

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How your gift can help save children like Jacob

Jacob learned he had a serious heart condition after a free screening through Young Hearts for Life. The call came in before 8 a.m. The caller explained to Amy Mumm that something might be wrong with her son’s heart. It was not a call that she was expecting. Jacob was…...

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You made Thanksgiving special for families like Brittney’s

Last year, Advocate Health Care and Aurora Health Care joined together to create Advocate Aurora Health, the 10th largest not-for-profit health system in the country. Your generosity will continue to make health care more accessible and compassionate for each person we serve. Here, we’re sharing stories about people, just like…...

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You can help young athletes achieve their dreams

Terry Miller’s daughter aims to play volleyball at the college level. Last year, Advocate Health Care and Aurora Health Care joined together to create Advocate Aurora Health, the 10th largest not-for-profit health system in the country. Your generosity will continue to make health care more accessible and compassionate for each…...

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Bringing comfort to cancer patients

John and members of his care team “When my grandfather was diagnosed with cancer, I had to do something to give back in his honor.” Sandi Altergott’s grandfather, John Artinghelli, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2018. “My grandfather was the most genuine man. My whole life, I knew him as…...

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Your gifts help clinicians go the extra mile

Sarah Maciolek, APN “Nurses have a tremendous opportunity to impact the lives of our patients,” said Sarah Maciolek, APN. As a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist in the emergency department at Advocate Children’s Hospital, Sarah knows firsthand how much of an impact she and her peers truly have on their patients.…...

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Helping more families keep their babies close to home

Last year, Advocate Health Care and Aurora Health Care joined together to create Advocate Aurora Health, the 10th largest not-for-profit health system in the country. Your generosity will continue to make health care more accessible and compassionate for each person we serve. Here, we’re sharing stories about people, just like…...

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