Ways You Make an Impact

Annual Bowl-a-thon

Inspired by the care she received and her involvement as a volunteer social worker for children with Crohn’s disease, Allison Levine established the first pediatric gastrointestinal (GI) family support fund at the University of Chicago Medicine. To raise money for the fund, Levine hosts an annual bowl-a-thon, which has generated more than $10,000 to support bus fare, parking, food, and educational materials for needy families of patients at Comer Children’s.

Ted Mullin Fund

Prior to his death in 2006, Ted Mullin’s parents, Mary and Rick Mullin, established the Ted Mullin Fund for Pediatric Sarcoma Research, which benefits pediatric sarcoma research at Comer Children’s where Ted was treated. Since its inception, the fund has generated nearly $800,000 through various fundraising events including Hour of Power, an annual swim relay that has grown from 15 teams in its first year to more than 170 teams across the United States with 8,300 athletes.

Joel Schwab Fund

For as long as she can remember, Laura Schwab, MD, always wanted to be a pediatrician just like her father. “I never wavered once, ever, not even for a second,” says Schwab, a pediatrician at Erie Family Health Center. Schwab’s father, Joel Schwab, MD, a beloved pediatrician and professor of pediatrics at the University of Chicago Medicine, lost his battle with metastatic gastric cancer in 2013. To honor his dedication to his profession, the Joel Schwab Fund was established and has garnered nearly $545,000 to date.