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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.


Advocate Aurora Health expands cancer research with $10.2 million in federal funding

The six-year award — largest in the health system’s history — will help increase access to National Cancer Institute clinical trials at more than 30 local cancer clinics throughout Illinois and Wisconsin Aurora Health Care oncologists Michael Thompson, MD, and Thomas Saphner, MD Aurora Health Care will continue to play a leading…...

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Beating the odds, one heartbeat at a time

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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‘They saved her life and her quality of life’

A day after Ezra Stalker was born, her pediatrician noticed a bump on her spine. Ezzie, as she’s affectionately called, was referred to neurosurgeon John Ruge, MD, at Advocate Children’s Hospital. Ezzie Stalker was born with tethered spinal cord syndrome. “She needed an MRI,” explained Ezzie’s mother, Hillary. “But we had…...

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“The doctors here refuse to give up on me”

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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Your gifts provide moments of normalcy for kids fighting cancer

Peter got special visits from therapy dog Zoey while he was in the hospital. Ten-year-old Peter Rapatas first noticed lumps in his neck in April 2019, right around Easter. “He’d been sick with the flu, so we thought maybe his lymph nodes were still swollen,” explained his mother, Gina. “The…...

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NARI Milwaukee helps breast cancer survivors heal and thrive

NARI Milwaukee and NARI Milwaukee Foundation board of directors present a $20,000 gift to Aurora Health Care’s Team Phoenix athletes, program directors and more. We are extremely grateful to NARI Milwaukee and the NARI Milwaukee Foundation for their generous gift of $20,000 to support Team Phoenix, an initiative of Aurora…...

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Transporting patients and elevating care in our community

(L-R) Reverend David Abrahamson, Susan Nordstrom Lopez, Mary Franco and Chris Toft at the 2018 Rally on the Rooftops event. There are few rivalries like the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers. But at this year’s Advocate Aurora Health Rally on the Rooftops, it was all about family, of sorts. That’s…...

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Comfort and compassion: How hospice care helps the whole family

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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Highly specialized pediatric care unit opens at Advocate Children’s Hospital—Oak Lawn

The grand opening of the Busking Family Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Advocate Children’s Heart Institute recently celebrated the opening of the new Busking Family Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit in Oak Lawn. The 16-bed highly specialized cardiac unit includes private patient rooms with dedicated space for family members, a…...

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Celebrating a milestone in care with a surgeon who “inspires confidence”

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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