Patient Stories

Millions of people depend on Advocate Health Care every year. Advocate provides inspiring medicine for patients following a life-threatening heart attack, a traumatic car accident or a terrifying cancer diagnosis. And often, philanthropy plays a vital role in enabling us to offer the best treatment and services possible for our patients—and their families. Read some of their stories.

Raquel Parker

When pregnancy complications threatened the lives of Raquel Parker and her unborn daughter, the perinatal team at Advocate Christ Medical Center saved mother and baby.

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Afiya Sare

An Advocate Children's Hospital surgical team donates their services to help a young African girl who developed a life-threatening infection due to being born with an open spine.

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Matteo Hovel

Matteo was born at just 24 weeks' gestation, spending his first four months of life in the NICU. His parents are greatful for the care he received from Renaissance Medical Group.

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Dylan Rhodes

The day after prom, a terrible car accident resulted in a severe brain injury for Dylan. But he amazed everyone with his determination to walk, talk and eat on his own again.

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Kylan Blake

Born with heart defects, Kylan Blake has conquered many medical complications—thanks to Advocate Children's Hospital—to become the happy, healthy child he is today.

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Jeff Furler

Jeff Furler credits faith, a healthy lifestyle and the emergency department at BroMenn Medical Center for his miraculous recovery after suffering a stroke.

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Isaac Parris

Isaac Parris turned his victory over brain cancer into an opportunity to make a difference for other pediatric patients at Advocate Children's Hospital and beyond.

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Claire Jerome

Born with a short femur, Claire Jerome waited until a new technology was available to lengthen her limb in a safe and less invasive manner at Advocate Children's Hospital - Park Ridge.

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Corey Epton

The lone survivor among premature triplets, Corey Epton defied the odds and thrived after five months in neonatal intensive care—inspiring her grateful family to give back.

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Dr. Harley Brooks

Dr. Harley Brooks got a new heart at Advocate Christ Medical Center—and Advocate Trinity Hospital got its old one back. A compassionate physician found himself on the opposite end of great care.

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Joseph Pompa

Joseph Pompa believed healthy eating and exercise kept him in top shape, until a heart episode caught him by surprise—resulting in a trip to Advocate Sherman Hospital.

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Molli Wey

When her unborn baby’s heart rate began declining rapidly, Molli Wey and her obstetrician took off running to Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, where medical staff safely delivered Jack.

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Michele Dador

Michele Dador fought breast cancer with the support of her faith, family and friends—and thanks to the care she received at Advocate Condell Medical Center.

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Patricia Lundstrom

Patricia Lundstrom fought cancer and found the care and compassion she needed for the fight close to home at Advocate South Suburban Hospital.

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Tom White

Tom White and his wife, Merrie Jo, battled Tom’s cancer with exceptional grace and the unfailing support of the care team at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital.

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Ryan Ranft

Ryan Ranft made a miraculous recovery from a traumatic brain injury thanks to the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital trauma team and support from his friends and family.

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Christopher Canaday

Young Christopher Canaday is alive today thanks to a team of physicians and caregivers across two Advocate Children’s Hospital campuses—and the support of his two remarkable brothers.

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Elizabeth Mitchell

Elizabeth Mitchell thought she was doing everything right to get well and stay well--until her home health nurse helped find a culprit in the kitchen.

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Jose Velazquez

Facing pancreatic cancer, Jose Velazquez entrusted his life to an Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center specialist.

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