Students raise more than $100,000 for children's hospital

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Lewis University students raise more than $100,000 for Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital

Published: May 30, 2013.

During the 2012-2013 school year, Lewis University’s WLRA Radio and College of Nursing and Health Professions undergraduate nursing students raised $15,000 for the Lewis University Family Assistance Fund Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn and Park Ridge. More than $100,000 has been raised since the fund’s inception more than a decade ago.

The funds are used to assist families of hospitalized children in their greatest time of need. In the past, the funds have been used to pay for transportation to and from the hospital for children to have chemotherapy or outpatient services, medicine, clothes when being discharged, hotel rooms for families, bus passes and airline flights to the hospital.

The Lewis University Family Assistance Fund is the result of service learning collaboration between College of Arts and Sciences’ Communications Department and College of Nursing & Health Professions’ Professional Development course for the benefit of hospitalized children's families.

Under the leadership of Anne McShane, assistant professor and faculty chair, students in her Professional Development classes raise money throughout the year and host a “Change for Children” event each spring. Lauren Janulis and Diana Moravec were the nursing student co-chairs for this year’s event. Melanie Zaragoza also contributed greatly as a Student Nurses Association public relations officer. Lewis University’s WLRA Radio Station held a “To Kill a DJ,” a continuous on-air marathon with pledged support under the leadership of instructor John Carey and chaired by student Jodi Steinberg.

Examples of notable efforts of students include Jonathan Friberg of Justice, who raised $382, and Joseph Ledger of Oak Forest, who raised $311. Others involved were: Sharee Bussie, Ashley Chaplin, Marvin Gomez, Zachary Guzan, Eric Kingue, Alex O'Laughlin, Leah Queen, Leo Draws, Shane Gustafson, Daniel Long, Veronica Mathy, Greg Rossbach, Ryan Tadych, Shelby Ray, Marc Denson (General Manager), Michael Bannon, Eric Hernandez, Bria May, Brittany Miller and Joseph Preston (Director of Operations).

For additional information, please contact WLRA by telephone at (815) 836-5214 or via email at

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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