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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Making the end of chemotherapy special during a pandemic

Angela recently celebrated the end of her two-and-a-half-year cancer journey. The celebration was virtual and included her family in Mexico. The end of chemotherapy can be a very exciting milestone, especially for children. Angela, who’s 8 years old, was diagnosed with leukemia in September 2019. She endured chemotherapy for two…...

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How donors provided moments of relief to team members during COVID-19

It was the end of April 2020, and team members on the COVID-19 unit at Aurora Medical Center Kenosha were feeling the strain of the pandemic. “It was a difficult time, and everyone was stepping up to help others. I could see their fatigue, frustration and stress,” said Andrea Anderson,…...

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Each individual adds beauty to the whole: Chomedy’s story

Chomedy Recently, Advocate Medical Group’s Adult Down Syndrome Center launched a $5.5 million fundraising campaign: At the Center of it all. As part of our campaign, we’re sharing stories of patients who directly benefit from the generosity of donors like you. This is Chomedy’s story as told by her mother,…...

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Caring for the caregivers

Chris Wojnar, critical care nurse at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee Chris Wojnar is passionate about helping people. He’s a critical care nurse at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee who often treats patients after a traumatic event or illness. He brings patience and passion to his…...

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Making sure patients don’t go hungry at home

Wheelie bags are purchased thanks to charitable gifts and make it easier for patients to transport food from the hospital to their homes. “No one should have to choose between buying their medication and feeding their children,” shared Aisha Achesah, MPH, the program coordinator of the hospital-based food pantry at…...

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Your support helps assault survivors like Anya stop hiding and start helping others

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Advocate Charitable Foundation is supporting the healing journey of survivors by sharing their stories and raising critical funds for Aurora Healing & Advocacy Services.   Anya Gordon grew up in a large, close-knit family. Her mother made sure she and her sisters were active in…...

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Virtual Camp Bear Hugs continues a tradition

A.J. and his grandmother The COVID-19 pandemic challenged the Post-Acute Division to find safe and effective ways to engage and care for patients with a wide range of needs. To that end, early in spring of 2020 the division undertook new initiatives. For example, it quickly expanded its virtual health…...

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From the ‘verge of giving up’ to becoming self-sufficient

Elliot At five months pregnant, Alexandra found herself homeless and in an abusive relationship with nowhere to turn. “At one point, I was sleeping in my truck. My child’s father threatened to kill me numerous times. I feared for my life as well as my unborn child’s,” she shared. “I was on…...

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Aurora Grafton celebrates milestones in robotics surgery and YOU helped make it happen

(L-R) Dr. Basil Salaymeh, Dr. Alex Zacharias, and Dr. James Rydlewicz, with Michelle Blakely, Aurora Grafton hospital president, celebrating their milestones in robotic surgery. Aurora Medical Center Grafton does more robotic surgeries than any other program in the state of Wisconsin and is in the top 4% of the country.…...

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How far we’ve come, how far we need to go

Mike and George, 1956 Advocate Medical Group’s Adult Down Syndrome Center announces $2.75 million matching gift to its fundraising campaign from the George and Bob Fund, in honor of brothers of Linda and Mike Mussallem. In the 1940s and 50s, information about how to care for children with Down syndrome…...

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