Dinner/dance raised $30,000 for pediatric cancer programs
Article: Donor briefing from Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Advocate Lutheran General Children’s Hospital
Annual event honors memory of Paul Seiwert – Each March, community members gather at the Park Ridge Country Club to celebrate the life of Paul Seiwert, who lost his battle with cancer in 2008 at the age of 9, and to support Advocate Lutheran General Children’s Hospital. Paul’s Dinner and Dance has raised more than $160,000 for the hospital’s pediatric oncology programs since 2009, including $30,000 from last year’s event—the largest and most successful to date. In addition, guests have brought more than 1,500 teddy bears to be donated to children in the hospital.
“Battling cancer was terrifying for our entire family, but we have never experienced such compassionate care as we did at Lutheran General Children’s Hospital,” says Paul’s stepmother, Teresa Seiwert, who serves on Lutheran General Hospital’s Governing Council and Advocate Charitable Foundation’s Board of Directors. “It was important to us to honor Paul and keep alive his dream of helping other children with cancer.”
Past events have benefited the Pediatric Cancer Survivorship Program, the pediatric family support program and research initiatives, including Dr. Michael Tsifansky’s study of the initial indicators of a rare but potentially fatal disease known as HLH that affects infants and young children.
“It is always very gratifying to see so many more people from the local community and the hospital come together around a shared purpose,” Seiwert says. “The connections made and relationships strengthened in support of Lutheran General Children’s Hospital are as important as our desire to focus on continued philanthropy, supporting the healing of all children.”
The Paul Seiwert Foundation, a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit was established in 2008 in memory of Paul Thomas Seiwert, 12/20/98 – 3/21/08. The Paul Seiwert Foundation is a continuation of Paul’s charitable spirit aiding other children afflicted with cancer through philanthropy. Paul dreamed of becoming a Doctor, desiring to provide other children and their family medical treatment with favorable health outcomes, while never losing hope to heal. During his illness he was an avid collector of Teddy Bears, loved to cook while enjoying numerous art projects!
Paul’s dream is dedicated to saving lives by helping to fund a cure for cancer. The foundation seeks to make a difference by generating support for cancer research, assisting children who are afflicted with diseases, and maintaining/expanding child life wellness programs. The foundation performs these roles through advocacy, education, fundraising, and philanthropy.
The Paul Seiwert Foundation contributes 100% of the cash contributions and net proceeds from Paul’s Dinner and Dance helping children with cancer, cancer research, and cancer related programs.