Benefit to Raise Funds for Families

 

It is thought that about 80 percent of moms to newborns experience the “Baby Blues,” which typically resolves in fewer than 10 days. But what about the estimated 19 percent of women who experience postpartum mood disorder (PPMD), which persists for more than two weeks and is marked by moderate to severe dysfunction.The upcoming Associate Board Benefit on November 18 will raise funds for ongoing PPMD research at NorthShore.

NorthShore researchers are studying how to predict the risk for PPMD by examining a patient’s biomarkers throughout and after pregnancy. The results of the study will lead to the identification of a woman’s risk for PPMD and potentially its biological mechanisms, and it may also help identify new targeted therapy.

Neonatal projects are the focus of The Associate Board of NorthShore, a volunteer group of young professionals who raise funds to support the Pediatrics Department and Infant Special Care Unit (ISCU) at NorthShore. The group is holding its 13th Annual Benefit on November 18 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

"The ISCU was wonderful to my family, and I wanted to help the ISCU provide assistance to other families in need,” said Julie Inthivong, Benefit Co-Chair. "Joining The Associate Board of NorthShore was the best decision. I’m proud to be a Co-Chair and look forward to a successful event.”

The ongoing PPMD study would not be possible without charitable donations from The Associate Board, said NorthShore researcher Pablo Gejman, MD. “Their support is fundamental to our research,” said Dr. Gejman. “We greatly appreciate the work of The Associate Board.

Besides supporting Dr. Gejman’s research, funds will also be distributed to The Associate Board Emergency Family Fund, which provides assistance to underserved families with children hospitalized at the ISCU at NorthShore Evanston Hospital. Charitable funds raised at the Benefit also go to the ISCU Reunion Picnic, an annual summer celebration and remembrance of the challenges overcome by ISCU graduates and their families.

To learn more about the Great Gatsby-themed November 18 Benefit, which will include a raffle, silent auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, libations and a DJ, please click here or contact 224.364.7275 or associateboard@northshore.org.

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