Philanthropy Perspectives

Philanthropy Perspectives, a bi-monthly newsletter emailed to supporters of NorthShore University HealthSystem, provides profiles on grateful patients and friends who have made charitable contributions to NorthShore, as well as details on opportunities for involvement including volunteer groups and events.

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Philanthropy Perspectives

A bimonthly e-newsletter recognizing the impact of your support.

December 2, 2014

Thank You

Sometimes, the simpler the message, the better. In this holiday issue of Philanthropy Perspectives, we share the joyful message of gratitude. We Thank You -- our generous donors and our tireless volunteers who impact so many lives with their time and gifts throughout the year. And we thank our patients, whose stories of gratitude and praise for NorthShore's medical staff and dedicated employees are regularly shared with you in this newsletter.  

Please click the video below to view a sampling of those who give thanks to NorthShore, in just a few short words, at this special time of year.

Hannah's Story

One of those voices you heard in our Thank You video is that of Hannah Fusfeld, a 16-year-old honor student and figure skater who woke up one morning without her voice. A severe strain of mononucleosis and whooping cough left her unable to speak for four months. After seeing several specialists who weren’t able to help her, she finally was able to speak again after being treated by the experts at the NorthShore Voice Center. The clinicians and speech pathologists prescribed laughter, something that had been missing from her life because of the isolation her illness had caused her. Hannah felt a great loss as a result of being removed from school and her passion, ice skating, for so long. Within 90 minutes of arriving at NorthShore, Hannah was talking again, with her voice quickly returning to normal. Read more.


What is #GivingTuesday?


You've heard about Black Friday and Cyber Monday to encourage early holiday gift buying. But do you know about #GivingTuesday?

#GivingTuesday — this year it's today, Dec. 2 — is a national campaign that celebrates and kicks off the giving season on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. #GivingTuesday started three years ago and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations, such as NorthShore. Visit our Facebook page to see how you change lives in our community. If you want to make an even greater impact in our community, make a donation today! 


Associate Board Benefit Out of This World! 

The Associate Board of NorthShore raised more than $65,000 for the Department of Pediatrics and the Infant Special Care Unit (ISCU), as well as other high-impact clinical and research programs, at its 10th Annual Benefit on November 1. The fundraising organization of young professionals welcomed 250 guests to enjoy "A Decade Under the Stars" at Chicago's Adler Planetarium, featuring a raffle, a silent auction and live music. 

Proceeds from the Benefit support programs and research to aid the Department of Pediatrics and ISCU at NorthShore Evanston Hospital. Supported programs include Mother's Milk Research, Cerebral Palsy Research, Neonatal Social Work Research and The Associate Board Emergency Family Fund, which assists families of children in the ISCU who are experiencing severe economic difficulties. To learn more about joining The Associate Board or to support its activities throughout the year, call 224.364.7275 or email us today.


There's Still Time to Make a Difference


As the year draws to a close, we hope you'll consider making a tax-deductible year-end gift to NorthShore by December 31. Your philanthropic gift helps NorthShore provide the very latest in truly personalized treatments and accelerate the most innovative research. Thank you for your generous support!




Personalized Medicine: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery!

The "Genomic Health Initiative" is an exciting initiative that allows members of our NorthShore community to help shape the future of Personalized Medicine by consenting to provide a small amount of additional blood at their next clinically scheduled lab draw. Please visit Genomic Health Initiative to read more and participate.  

To continue making an impact, please make a gift online.

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