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

Recognizing and inspiring YOUR charitable giving at NorthShore


December 14, 2017

Young Girl with a Big Heart

Inspired by her mother’s ongoing battle with breast cancer, a 10-year-old Evanston girl has been holding cookie and lemonade sales outside her home to raise money for breast cancer treatment and research. And, not surprisingly, she wants to be a doctor when she grows up.

Olivia Ohlson has raised more than $5,600 so far—and she intends to continue her efforts when the weather breaks in the Spring. “I hope that the money raised helps breast cancer patients, but if it’s used to fund breast cancer research, that’s good too,” she said. Read more

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A Special Year-End Thank You

Thank YOU, members of the NorthShore University HealthSystem donor family.

YOU are making a positive difference in the lives of others!

Your generous charitable support is a vital part of NorthShore's being able to provide comprehensive, innovative treatment and compassionate care to all the patients and families we are privileged to serve. Your generosity has helped make countless exceptional healthcare experiences possible for many patients and their families. Here are just a few of those people with a special message for you.


A Message from Murray Ancell, Executive Director of NorthShore Foundation

When I’m asked what difference philanthropy makes to the work being carried out 24/7 at NorthShore, for me it’s all about the “why?” Good health is integral to a person’s vitality, success and enjoyment of life. At NorthShore, we’re committed to preserving and improving human life, providing leading-edge treatments and compassionate care to all patients whom we are privileged to serve. Charitable giving helps everyone at NorthShore fulfill our mission to the very best of our ability so our patients can live their best lives. Read more


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Lasting Long-Distance Relationship with NorthShore

For 35 years, Selma Carton has been an appreciative patient, donor and friend to now-retired NorthShore neurologist John P. McMahon, MD. Although a native and current resident of Baltimore, Maryland, Carton was treated in Evanston by Dr. McMahon following a medical emergency while visiting her sister in 1982. That trip ended up including a month-long inpatient stay at NorthShore Evanston Hospital and two additional months in speech and rehabilitation therapy. Read more

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There’s Still Time to Make a Difference in 2017!

As the year draws to a close, we hope you will consider making a tax-deductible year-end gift to NorthShore by December 31. Your philanthropic gift helps NorthShore help more patients and families. Thank you for considering a gift.

American Craft Exposition a Great Success

The Auxiliary of NorthShore raised $425,000 through its 33rd annual American Craft Exposition (ACE), a three-day show that featured 140 artisans with unique craft for sale. ACE welcomed 8,000 patrons over the long weekend at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Proceeds will support innovative pharmacogenomics research at the NorthShore Center for Personalized Medicine and orthopaedic regenerative medicine research at the NorthShore Orthopaedic Institute. Next year’s show is set for September 21–23, with a Benefit Preview Party on September 20. Learn more at

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Top Heart Physicians Discuss Best Practices

Donors and patients were recently invited to learn more about lifelong heart health from the experts at the NorthShore Cardiovascular Institute (CVI). The “Lunch and Learn with the CVI” featured Irwin Silverman, MD; Mayra Guerrero, MD; Ted Feldman, MD; and CVI Co-Director Jorge Saucedo, MD, who explained how NorthShore’s comprehensive program focuses on clinical care, research, education and growth, as well as how critical philanthropy is to building a world-class CVI. The event also provided guests the opportunity to ask questions about heart disease and preventive care. For more information about supporting the CVI, contact Walter Cody, Director of Philanthropy, at 224.364.7204 or


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Making High-Risk Testing More Affordable

The 2nd Annual “Jammin’ in Our Genes” benefit was held on Saturday, December 2 to help provide financial support to make testing more affordable for high-risk breast and ovarian cancer patients. Over 350 guests raised funds in support of Pre-Vivor resources through NorthShore’s Living in the Future (LIFE) Cancer Survivorship Program. The benefit raised $40,000 and was sponsored by the Myra Rubenstein Weis (MRW) Leadership Board at NorthShore.

The Board’s goal is to educate and empower people to make informed decisions that can prevent hereditary breast and ovarian cancers.

To learn more about testing, click here.

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Concert to Benefit Cancer Patients

Metro Chicago is hosting a benefit concert on Saturday, January 6, 2018, featuring Sons of the Silent Age performing The Best of David Bowie’s “Berlin” Trilogy & More. A portion of the proceeds from the concert will provide NorthShore Kellogg Cancer Center patients with integrative medicine (IM) therapies, such as acupuncture, therapeutic massage, meditation, yoga and other services.

Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation can benefit from IM therapies to relieve pain and neuropathies, reduce fatigue and sleep problems, boost immunity, provide stress relief, and improve appetite and overall quality of life.

Limited VIP tickets are selling fast! For General Admission or VIP tickets and to learn more, visit

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A health and lifestyle magazine from NorthShore University HealthSystem

Now in its tenth year, Connections magazine shares the stories of real people in our community who have benefited from the superior clinical care, exceptional patient experiences and innovative research at NorthShore.

Cancer: “You’re Out!”
Nonsurgical treatment turned the tables on softball umpire Tracy Murphy’s late-stage lung cancer.

Read Tracy’s story and watch a video »

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Community Partner Events

February 2, 2018—Michael Matter’s “New Year, Same Wish Event”

View past editions of our newsletter in the Archive.
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