$43,000 raised for Aurora Sinai’s Sexual Assault Treatment Center during Tradition of Caring event

Thank you to all sponsors and attendees for participating in the Tradition of Caring event which was held at the Grain Exchange in Milwaukee. Each year the Tradition of Caring fundraising event supports a key strategy at Aurora Sinai Medical Center. This year, funds will benefit Aurora’s Sexual Assault Treatment Center.

More than $43,000 was raised to support and fund a more peaceful and private room for those going through emergency testing and treatment.  This survivor-focused, comfortable and supportive environment will enhance the broader programs and services we offer to the survivors of sexual assault..

At the event, LaRoyce Chambers MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology, was honored as the Honorary Chairperson.  Click here to watch a video about Dr. LaRoyce Chambers.

Click here to view more photos from the night!


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How attendees of this year’s Infinity Ball are stepping up to help cancer patients!

Thank you to all sponsors and attendees for participating in the 7th Annual Infinity Ball which was held at the Racine Architect Hotel and Conference Center. The event raised more than $114,000 to support cancer care in Racine, Kenosha and Northern Illinois.

A record-breaking 345 people attended the black tie optional event that honored Honorary Chairperson, Michael Mullane, MD and Jeff Neubauer, recipient of the Community Leadership Award. All proceeds from the Infinity Ball will help Aurora Cancer Care programs provide the best approach to treating the whole patient-mentally, physically and emotionally.

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If you didn’t have a chance to attend the Infinity Ball, you can watch the recap of the night below! (video compliments of Tait Media)

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Help kids like Jaleel fight Leukemia from the comforts of home

Aurora at Home nurses like Evelyn travel all over southeastern Wisconsin to care for patients like Jaleel. In 2015, Aurora at Home caregivers travelled nearly 3.6 million miles, from Green Bay to northern Illinois. They helped over 17-thousand home care and hospice patients, including over 1,500 pediatric families.

Aurora at Home caregivers like Evelyn travel all over southeast Wisconsin to care for patients like Jaleel. In 2015, caregivers travelled nearly 3.6 million miles, from Green Bay to northern Illinois. They helped over 17-thousand home care and hospice patients, including over 1,500 pediatric families.

“I went trick-or-treating with my dad and grandma; I walked a block and said, ‘I’m tired,’” Jaleel explains. It was Halloween, 2015, and Jaleel knew an 11-year-old shouldn’t be tired already. That was his first warning something was wrong.

Finally, in January of 2016, Jaleel was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL. And soon he would begin months of chemotherapy and suffer many different infections and setbacks, like pneumonia and blood clots, related to his treatment.

But fortunately, when Jaleel was diagnosed, his mother Kashuan learned of the Aurora at Home program that allows for home health monitoring of chronic illnesses or even provides caregivers to deliver specialized care, like chemotherapy, in the comforts of a person’s home. That meant that Jaleel, who was greatly at risk of infections, could remain at home in a safer, more comfortable environment.

“When I’m at home I get to watch movies. I get to be around things that are familiar to me, it’s a lot easier,” Jaleel explains.

Evelyn Hansen is Jaleel’s Aurora at Home nurse who has been making “house calls” to care for him since the end of January. At that time, Evelyn was coming several times a week. She helped put his feeding tube back in when it would fall out. She has administered his chemotherapy medications and helped to treat numerous other infections. She has pediatrics patients like Jaleel all over eastern Wisconsin.

“Some days I drive 20 miles, other days I drive 120 miles. I love working with children in their home setting, I get to see them watching their favorite movies or video games. You get to know their families on a much more personal level,” Evelyn shares.

Aurora at Home caregivers also train family members to care for their loved ones as well.  Here, Evelyn reviews medication with Jaleel’s mom, Kashuan.

Aurora at Home caregivers also train family members to care for their loved ones as well. Here, Evelyn reviews medication with Jaleel’s mom, Kashuan.

“It was interesting to learn we didn’t have to go to the hospital all the time and family members could be with him here. Not only is Jaleel more comfortable, but I have three other children and a granddaughter to care for as well, so it is much more convenient. I wouldn’t know what to do without it,” says Jaleel’s mom, Kashuan.

Jaleel is now finished with the intense chemotherapy, though he will continue with oral treatments and several procedures still remain. But he is going back to school this month where he is looking forward to “being the phenomenal one,” he says.

And that spirited answer is exactly how Evelyn knows he’s ready, “I can tell when he’s feeling better, because he starts acting ornery.” Back to a typical 12-year-old, indeed.
If you would like to support the care provided by Aurora at Home, or learn more about the pediatrics program, contact Judi Strout at Judi.Strout@aurora.org.

You can also make a gift to support the Aurora at Home pediatrics program, and support the care offered to kids like Jaleel. CLICK HERE to make a gift and learn more.

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We are thankful for…

Thanksgiving is not just about spending time with our loved ones and eating a delicious home cooked meal together. Rather it’s a time where each one of us has time to reflect and think about what we are truly thankful for.

At the Aurora Health Care Foundation, gratefulness and appreciation is part of our everyday experience.

We have the pleasure of helping patients and families who are so thankful to their physician and staff who cared for them that they want to give back in any way possible.

We are honored to see donor gifts make a real impact in people’s lives, whether it is new technology that saves lives, new facilities to provide help to those in need in their hometown or a garden to inspire healing for patients.

We are so thankful for YOU, our donors, who give gifts from the heart. You are giving more people hope every day!

Happy Thanksgiving, from the caregivers at Aurora Health Care Foundation.

We want to share with you what we are thankful for this holiday season. Click on the photos below to learn what we are thankful for.





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A comforting paw is helping survivors of abuse to heal

Stephanie and Jasper at The Healing Center.

Stephanie and Jasper at The Healing Center.

His kind eyes are a warm welcome. His gentle nature is a calming comfort. Jasper is one of the newest “counselors” at The Healing Center, a Well-Community program of
Aurora Health Care, and Wisconsin’s only free center dedicated to helping sexual assault survivors recover and thrive. Jasper has had an incredible influence  on the survivors he’s shared sessions with, and he just happens to be a dog.

“We had a survivor who experienced great difficulty trusting people. During our last group session, she shared that she was able to trust Jasper’s handler. And she was able to trust the handler, because she was with Jasper, and she trusted him right away,” explains Stephanie Collins, an abuse response advocate at The Healing Center.

Jasper is the pet therapy dog of Laura Hey, of Health Heelers. They began providing
services for two programs at The Healing Center in January of this year. The first group
was so successful that a second session was offered in March, with another Health Heelers
dog named Luxe. Stephanie says survivors have often asked to bring their own pets to counseling sessions, this program helps provide that comfort with trained animals in a structured setting.

“The program is based on research that supports the idea that the use of animals in therapy can decrease anxiety and enhance the therapeutic alliance in various ways. Therapy animals can often earn instant trust and the survivors feel safe. It’s easier for them to open up,” she says.

Thanks to generous lead donors Linda and Bob Davis, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Joseph R. Pabst Fund, and fundraising events hosted by Minday Lubar Price and Community Bark, which brought in more than 25 special friends. Their support means the Pet-Assisted Healing Program will be available at The Healing Center through 2017 and beyond.

If you would like to make a gift and support the unique care offered at The Healing Center, or any of Aurora’s other abuse response programs, CLICK HERE.

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Workplace giving helps Family to Family Thanksgiving for 20 years

Since 1996, your generosity has enabled Aurora Family Service to provide ingredients for nearly 60,000 deserving families to prepare a Thanksgiving meal in their homes. But this 20-year tradition isn’t just about providing a meal; it’s a recipe for families to be together.

“When the Board of Directors started this, it was an intentional thought to do something that would strengthen families around the holiday. It really is providing the occasion to gather together, especially at a time of crisis,” explains Jane Pirsig-Anderson, Senior Director of Aurora Family Service.

Workplace giving helps make it work


Laurie Wagner, of Quarles & Brady, in 2013. Employees there have created a “turkey board” each year with every feather representing a family they helped feed.

Aurora Family Service identifies families through partnering community organizations. This year there are 113 of them. Those organizations will help identify 3,100 families as recipients of the food baskets.

And it’s thanks to sponsors like Quarles & Brady, who have supported the program since nearly the beginning through workplace giving efforts, that the program has grown to the level it is at today.

“We send emails to employees about the program and raise money together. People are concerned about others who are less fortunate,” explains Laurie Wagner of Quarles & Brady.

How you can help 

3,100 families equals a lot of mouths to feed, and it would not be possible without the thousands of volunteers who have helped over the years, or the donors who support the effort. A $35 donation enables a family of four to receive a 12-pound turkey, bread, butter, potatoes, stuffing, vegetables and fruit.

But a donation in any amount can help families in our community come together over a Thanksgiving meal. Get started here at give.aurora.org/thanksgiving.

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Why help Family to Family Thanksgiving? Just ask Yvonne.

Yvonne Dixon and grandchildrenHow can your donation make a difference this Thanksgiving?

Just ask Yvonne Dixson of Milwaukee. Her grandchildren depend on her and she shared that money is tight.

When Yvonne and her five grandchildren came together to pick up their groceries at last year Family to Family event, she was overjoyed.

“It’s wonderful,” said Yvonne. “It allows us to have a real Thanksgiving together.”

yvonnes-grandchildren“When people are facing challenging times, they’re often times stressed, and shopping for a holiday meal may be one of the last things they have time or money to do,” said Jane Pirsig-Anderson of Aurora Family Service. “That’s why for 20 years, more families have turned to Aurora Family Service to help provide the groceries for a holiday meal, so they don’t have to worry about getting the ingredients and can focus more on celebrating being together as a family… being able to make a holiday meal together and strengthening family bonds.”

You can help strengthen family traditions and bring more families together this Thanksgiving over a holiday meal when you donate to Family to Family Thanksgiving. Make a gift of any size and you can help families in our community come together. Visit give.aurora.org/thanksgiving.

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