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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An old laundry basket and a new connection

A photo of Tracy’s late mother, Doris, and the laundry basket with her name on it Tracy Fischer is a grateful patient who underwent knee surgery at Aurora Medical Center in Manitowoc County. She also received in-home care through Aurora Health at Home. This is her story. If I was…...

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Improving patient outcomes thanks to donors like you

Clinicians practice with airway task trainers so they’re prepared to help patients breathe in emergency situations. It started as a quality improvement project in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Advocate Children’s Hospital, but since the COVID-19 pandemic began, it’s evolved into much more. “We wanted to be better…...

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How you can support at-risk children and their families during COVID-19

Robert, who’s 11, is known for his bright smile. For kids like 11-year-old Robert Bursey, any trip outside the home is risky and time consuming. Going to a doctor’s appointment can be a real challenge. “Robert has cerebral palsy and depends on a tracheostomy tube and a ventilator to breathe,”…...

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Running for something more than herself

Emily Wagner’s most effective way to cope with stress is going for a run. But several years ago, a doctor told her she had to quit because of nagging pain in her left knee and hamstring. “It was so hard to give it up, I actually mourned it,” Emily explained.…...

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Daryl Stuermer of Genesis to support Aurora Cancer Care in Grafton

Daryl Stuermer (center, wearing black) with his family Daryl Stuermer has been playing guitar since the age of 11. He was born and raised in St. Francis, WI, but in 1978, at 26 years old, Daryl began touring the world with legendary rock band, Genesis. Later, when the band’s lead…...

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Sindy reminds us why a colonoscopy can save your life

Sindy says she’s at her happiest with her three grandkids. They kept her motivated to fight. Pictured (L-R): K’nai, Sindy, Cairo and N’yla Sindy Howell-Stewart was told she should get a colonoscopy at the age of 50. Even though Sindy would sometimes experience uncomfortable symptoms, she didn’t think it was…...

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Giving back to support ‘beautiful’ care

Riley (right) with her big sister, Averey Amy and Steve Valenzio’s first daughter was born five weeks early. So, when the couple found out they were expecting their second daughter, Riley, the pregnancy was considered high risk. “At 32 weeks, I started going in for nonstress tests, which are used…...

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Finding comfort and support through Aurora Healing & Advocacy Services

(L-R) Former advocate Nancy Doucette-Wilkinson, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Sarah Kolp, advocate Kim Anderson, trauma therapist Emma Reader and nurse case manager Andrea Grant Maria* was sitting in her car in a store parking lot after being sexually assaulted. She was scared and ashamed, but she found the courage to…...

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Bank of America employees show support for frontline team members

The Dudek family Heartfelt messages of gratitude and encouragement are pouring in after Bank of America generously donated $500,000 to support Advocate Aurora Health’s COVID-19 Relief Fund for Critical Care earlier this year. After its generous donation, Bank of America wanted to further express gratitude for Advocate Aurora Health team…...

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Your support of our COVID-19 Relief Funds is making an impact

The generosity of the community and donors throughout this pandemic has been overwhelming. Nearly $4.8 million has been raised for our COVID-19 Relief Funds for Critical Care and Team Member Crisis Funds. These funds are used exclusively for resources needed to combat the devastating impact of COVID-19, especially in our…...

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