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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Helping others along the way

Rashard and Donnidra Johnson The impact of the crash with the 18-wheeler truck sent Rashard Johnson’s 1994 Infiniti G20 ricocheting down the Florida Turnpike in Miami. Yet when his car finally came to a stop, Johnson walked away with no injuries. “The EMS technician on the scene said he was…...

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How a 13-year-old boy is helping refugee families

Noah (center) and his parents during the blessing of the bread and candles the night before his bar mitzvah service A bar mitzvah celebrates a significant milestone in the Jewish faith: the religious adulthood of a boy on his 13th birthday. For girls, the ceremony is called a bat mitzvah.…...

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Helping fellow team members on the frontlines

Jean was among the many Advocate Aurora Health team members to receive a bonus at the end of 2020 for her remarkable work and sacrifices during the pandemic. She is a case manager with Aurora Family Service who would typically see patients in home settings. With the pandemic, her interaction…...

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Your generosity enhances care for kids like Janiya

The parents of a 5-year-old girl from Indiana are thanking doctors at Advocate Children’s Hospital for saving their daughter’s life. Oshunda and Johnathan Johnson tell NBC 5 that their daughter, Janiya, was vomiting, feverish and exhausted as she experienced stomach pain and refused to eat. They took her to the…...

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Saying ‘thanks’ from the heart

Isaiah February is American Heart Month, and Advocate Children’s Hospital heart families are saying thank you to donors who helped them during difficult times. “We found out that Isaiah has double inlet left ventricle when I was pregnant with him at 17 weeks,” shared Glyza Vergara. This condition meant Isaiah…...

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We give back to show our gratitude and help other NICU families

Miles was born prematurely and spent the first month of his life in the NICU. Christine and Logan Derck are grateful parents and donors to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Their son, Miles, was born prematurely and spent a month in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). This is their…...

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Your support has helped us perform 1,000 heart transplants

The surgical team at Aurora St. Luke’s performs its 1,000th heart transplant. Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee recently hit a significant milestone – its 1,000th heart transplant. This 1000th transplant saved the life of Mary Zimmerman, 67, of Oak Creek. After 14 months on the waitlist, Mary’s prayers…...

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How little ‘angels’ are sending patients comfort and love

There’s a very special program underway at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in downtown Milwaukee. It began with 12 enthusiastic young Jewish students at a local synagogue. (L-R) Chaplain Aggie and Cecilia with some of the handmade “healing cards” “In addition to being the chaplain at Aurora Sinai, I’m also an…...

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We give back to honor our son and help other grieving parents

The Lang family Maggie Lang and her family are honoring their late son by providing other grieving parents with a way to keep precious memories. This is her story in her own words. On December 2, 2014, time stood still. Our son, Bennett Corley Lang, was born peacefully sleeping at…...

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Local firefighters promised to come through for kids during the pandemic – and they did

Members of the Oak Lawn Fire Department raised over $6,600 to support kids at Advocate Children’s Hospital. In a normal holiday season, Advocate Children’s Hospital would have accepted hundreds of donated toys and games that would have brought smiles to so many patients’ faces. But 2020 was anything but normal…...

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