Donor Stories

Thousands of people help ensure the best possible health care and services for their neighbors and others by sharing their time and financial resources with Advocate each year. They include community residents who value quality care close to home; physicians and other health professionals; grateful patients and family members; business leaders; foundation program officers; and others. Read some of our supporters’ stories.

  • Deb and Alan Feldman

    Deb and Alan Feldman established business careers and raised three daughters while living in southwest suburban Hinsdale for two decades. But it wasn’t until friends invited the couple to a Good Samaritan Hospital gala that they understood what an exceptional health care facility was located in neighboring Downers Grove. Since then, Deb has co-chaired the gala several times and served on the hospital’s Development Council. Alan is now a member of Good Samaritan Hospital’s Governing Council and also co-chairs the hospital’s fundraising campaign to help fund its historic expansion and renovation project.... read more
  • Carrie Novak

    Carrie Novak is a grateful donor to Advocate Hospice—their exceptional care team walked with her family through the last days of her parents. “I called them in the middle of the night. I called them early in the morning when my mom could not breathe. You can literally call 24 hours a day. It took away so much of the stress.” That’s what Carrie Novak says about her experience with the Advocate Hospice program.... read more
  • Bill and Joanne Patejdl

    When Joanne Patejdl, RN, attended the 1959 groundbreaking for what would become Advocate Christ Medical Center, she had no way of knowing that the hospital would have a major impact on her life—and that she would one day be able to return the favor.... read more
  • Andy Tecson and Nancy Hagen

    If Andy Tecson and Nancy Hagen had never met and gotten married, they would probably still be admired for the way they give of themselves to help others live their best possible lives. Andy would still be sharing his legal expertise to help not-for-profit organizations and faith communities build the systems and support networks they need to fulfill their missions. Nancy would still be meeting others’ basic human needs, both physical and spiritual, whether providing food and shelter for the homeless or offering a comforting presence to grieving children through the Tommy’s Kids program of St. Thomas Hospice.... read more
  • The Haugen Family

    Debra Haugen always had a passion for health care and faith. During college, one of her professors discussed the concept of “body, mind and spirit” working together. But it wasn’t until she was an established nurse that she learned she could combine her love of healing with her love of God. Through the Advocate Parish Nursing program first developed at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Debra became a parish nurse (now called faith community nurse).... read more
  • Teryl and David Schawk

    Life was hectic when Teryl and David Schawk were first married. David was traveling worldwide to build his family’s business, the SGK Group—experts in producing artwork, packaging and other brand assets. Teryl was working as a nurse at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in the intensive care unit—returning from maternity leave following the births of daughters Kelly, Colleen, and Kara.... read more
  • Joyce Sienkowski

    Special nurse makes a planned gift to fund special award Joyce Sienkowski’s story begins on a farm near DeMotte, Indiana, 90 miles south of Chicago, where opportunities for a young woman born in the throes of the Great Depression were limited at best.... read more