By Diane McKeever
First we had Black Friday. Then we had Cyber Monday. Now we have Giving Tuesday. A national day of giving, Tuesday, Dec. 3, is the day the philanthropic community comes together to support our local communities. In my role as senior vice president of philanthropy at Rush, I see firsthand the difference philanthropy makes — 365 days a year — and feel so proud and grateful to live and work in a community that is so generous.
Rush, like so many of Chicago’s longstanding institutional citizens, owes much of its existence and achievements to the men and women who were determined to establish a health care institution worthy of a great city. From families who have supported the health of our city since its earliest days to donors like BMO Harris Bank, whose recent $5 million gift will establish critical new programs to address health and education disparities in our city, Chicago thrives on the generosity of its own.
With the help of so many individuals, families, corporations and other organizations, we at Rush are working to make our community stronger and healthier, and the philanthropic support from our community makes it possible. So in observance of Giving Tuesday, to all those who donate their time and their funds to make Chicago a healthier place to live and work, I offer my sincere gratitude. Together, we’re making a difference.
Find out more at www.rush.edu/givingtuesday and help us spread the word.
Andy Popolo is a familiar face around Rush University Medical Center, where he serves as a campus security officer.
He’s always looking for someone who looks lost, or, he adds, “someone who seems to be up to no good.”
“Anything that looks abnormal that doesn’t seem right, it’s what we’re trained to be looking for,” he says.
While Popolo may he seem intense, he’s got a softer side, too.
“A lot of my colleagues think I’m a very serious person and just straight to business, but I have a soft heart and I’m very compassionate toward people and situations.”
Thelma Gant with her Pink Diva’s Pink Project partners
My name is Thelma Gant. I’m a breast cancer survivor.
Back in 2010, I was diagnosed with DCIS — ductal carcinoma in situ. DCIS is the most common type of non-invasive breast cancer that starts in the milk ducts and has not yet spread into any normal tissue.
I received the best care here at Rush University Cancer Center, under the care of Dr. Ruta Rao. I was very lucky to detect it early by having my mammogram. I can’t stress enough the importance of having your annual mammogram check, which is key to early detection if diagnosed. Also knowing your family health history is important.
Once I was diagnosed, my team of doctors discussed my treatment plan, which consists of lumpectomy (removal of tumor), chemotherapy and radiation. After completing all my treatments, I wanted to find some kind of way to help women by educating them about breast cancer awareness.
In 2011, I created Pink Divas Pink Project. This group started out with me and four other women. The group has now grown to 11 members strong. We are starting to reach out to different community getting the message out. I was just invited out to Mount Moriah Baptist Church Health Fair in Harvey, Ill., and it was a great experience. I was able to make contact with this lovely lady who promised me she would schedule her mammogram.
Art for Health was started by a group of philanthropic artists and physicians committed to helping improve living conditions in underserved communities around the world. It has partnered with the Global Health Program at Rush for a benefit on Friday, Oct. 4, to raise funds to support and create awareness for Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
The event, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Ignite Glass Studio at 401 North Armour St. in Chicago, will feature an array of art and music. For more information, visit www.artforhealthbenefit.org. Tickets are $35 online and $45 at the door.
Ludella Page paints a candid picture of her daily painting duties.
“Everybody thinks painting is an easy job, but it’s a lot of work,” she says. “We take a lot of pride in it.”
Page arrived at Rush in 1989 and is the only woman in the engineering department at Rush. Her work helps keep the surroundings pleasant for patients.
“We do what we have to do to maintain a good, clean environment for the patient,” Page says.
By Rachel Loftin, PhD
I am a psychologist and clinical director of an autism program here at Rush. Several of my closest friends are also clinicians who specialize in autism. We all took different paths to our careers. Johanna, a child psychologist, worked as a behavior therapist for years and discovered she had a knack for both behavioral psychology and for working with children with autism. Kara was a special education teacher whose practice slowly shifted over the years until she was completely specialized in autism. She now holds a doctorate in special education and does important work on transition and independence people with autism spectrum disorder.
My route was a little different. I grew up with a family member with autism. My cousin Wilson is a few years younger than I am. We were raised almost like siblings, seeing each other several times per week while growing up. Wilson’s autism is not conspicuous. As a child, his parents and teachers knew something was different because he was late to talk and had some quirks, but they did not know exactly why or how he was different.
Do bee stings really get worse with each successive sting (and do older adults have worse reactions to bee stings than young people)? Are swimming pools germ factories? Is there such a thing as a “healthy tan” (and are tanning beds safer than sunlight?) And is it safe to drink out of a garden hose?
In this video, Yone Amuka, MD, an emergency medicine physician at Rush University Medical Center, discusses common summer myths.
The image gallery below includes entries in the Discover Rush Spring 2013 cover art contest, whose contestants submitted work that spoke to the issue’s theme: inspiration. The winning entry, Sandra Holubow’s Community by Day, can be seen in the latest issue of Discover Rush.