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 PaulSeiwert, 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 $70,000 for the hospital’s pediatric oncology programs since 2009, including $30,000 from this year’s event—the largest and most successful to date. In addition, guests have brought more than 400 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.”