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Children's Hospital Philanthropy Update

'Narrative medicine completely changed my life'
Haley and Family

Haley Schwartz (bottom right) has a heart condition that causes dizziness and fainting. Her symptoms became so severe that she had to drop out of high school. She was stressed and worried about her future, but thanks to pediatric cardiologist Dr. David Thoele, she found a tool that’s helping her stay positive: narrative medicine. And today, she’s feeling well and following her dreams.

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Impact of philanthropy


ACH caregivers #InThisTogether
Thank you for making a difference against COVID-19

The numbers speak for themselves. More than $4.4 million dollars raised for our COVID-19 funds. Over 170,000 donated meals and snacks. And hundreds of thousands of supplies. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

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ACH nurse conference
How philanthropy helps ensure continued nursing excellence

Your gifts allow our nurses to continue their education, participate in research, attend conferences and more. This July, Advocate Children’s Hospital is aiming for one of the highest honors in nursing thanks in part to donors.

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Pizza and a purpose
Children's Hospital Aurelios Thank You 

A special thank you to Aurelio’s Pizza whose Virtual Pizza Party on May 15th benefited the Advocate Aurora Health Team Member Crisis Fund. The event, which featured a variety of Chicago celebrities, raised thousands to support those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, Aurelio’s has donated meals for more than 10,000 health care workers across Chicagoland during the pandemic. 

Leave a lasting impact

If you’d like to maximize your philanthropic impact and support the future of Advocate Children’s Hospital, consider providing a gift in your will, trust or retirement account. Because of the pandemic, there are additional donor incentives through the CARES Act. For more information, contact John Holmberg, Vice President of Gift Planning, at 630-929-6945 or

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Doug Hutchings
Vice President of Development
Jackie Pufundt
Director of Development
Emily Vernon
Manager, Development
Maryanne McDonald
Director of Grants and
Program Development
John Holmberg
Vice President of Gift Planning
Jenny Shaw
Director, Corporate Philanthropy
Melissa Peshek
Administrative Assistant
Amy Valenzio
Development Coordinator

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