Category Archives: Donor Spotlight

30 Years. Real Impact. Thank You RE/MAX Unlimited!

Written on June 1, 2015 at 10:46 pm, by



The success of Telethon would not be possible without the help of area businesses focused on the future of children’s health. Following our 30th annual event, we’re recognizing RE/MAX Unlimited, for taking part since the very beginning–when we first hit airwaves in 1985!  John Ginder, Chief Operating Officer and President of RE/MAX Unlimited says an agent experienced the care of Children’s Hospital firsthand.

“They said, let’s give some money out of each of our commission checks,” John explained. “We’ll give a small amount, we have a number of closings, all of us do it, and it’ll add up.”


This year, RE/MAX Unlimted donated $20,000 to the Telethon. This vital funding will enhance the care provided to children and families each day! “The $20,000 was raised from closings this year,” John said. “That, and employees who gave for jeans day.”

At RE/MAX, those who wish to wear jeans on Fridays must pay $1. That dollar is donated to our hospital.

“We raised over $600 bucks from employees who wanted to wear jeans,” Ginder said with a smile. 

A BIG thank you to RE/MAX Unlimited for supporting our Mission, “to serve with the greatest care and love!”

A Birthday With Big Meaning: Mackinaw Boy Chooses Not Keep His Gifts

Written on March 6, 2015 at 12:27 pm, by

Chase Noe Resize

Patients at Children’s Hospital of Illinois now have new games, toys, and activities to play with…thanks to the efforts of Chase Noe.

You see, a few months ago, Chase had a birthday party complete with bowling, cake, and lots of presents. But after blowing out the candles—the newly turned eight-year-old didn’t open his gifts.

In fact, he held this birthday party under one condition. He wasn’t keeping the presents. Instead, he would give them to patients at Children’s Hospital of Illinois.

“Chase wanted to do this for months,” his mom Stacy smiled. “He felt for the children in the hospital who are sick or injured, and wanted to do something to make them feel better.”

So the Noe family looked into the Care Champs program, a partnership between CEFCU and Children’s Hospital of Illinois that empowers kids to help kids. Children can hold a “Lemon-Aid” stand and donate their drink proceeds to Children’s Hospital, or host a birthday bash and give their gifts to the hospital.

With a birthday in the near future, Chase chose the second option.

“We picked up a birthday bash kit at CEFCU,” his mom Stacy said. It included invitations to send to guests and even a wish list of items the hospital needs for its patients. That way our friends and family could buy accordingly.”

Chase celebrated his big day in December. A birthday complete with friends, laughter, and memories. But for Chase, knowing these gifts are now helping kids at Children’s Hospital feel better…well, that’s the true icing on the cake.

Would you like to host a Lemon-Aid Stand or a Birthday Bash in support of Children’s Hospital of Illinois? Click here to learn about the Care Champs program!

Students Host Jeans Day Fundraiser in Honor of Mother, Caregiver, and Friend: Dr. Mary Schultz

Written on January 14, 2015 at 3:49 pm, by



Jeans Day Fundraiser for Dr. Mary Schultz

Blessed Sacrament students present the school’s fundraising donation. From L to R: Lucas Beebe (7th grade), Ethan Schultz (8th grade), Megan Gold (8th grade)

A fun and fashionable fundraiser held at a local school is honoring the legacy of an OSF caregiver lost too soon. In December, students at Blessed Sacrament School in Morton, held a jeans day—encouraging everyone to wear denim.

The cost? Just one dollar.

“At a school where uniforms are required, being allowed to wear jeans really breaks up the monotony!” said Principal Mike Birdoes. “We had so many people contribute to the cause and make this a great event.”

The fundraiser took place in honor of Dr. Mary Schultz–a pediatrician who spent more than 20 years at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Illinois serving patients with the greatest care and love. Dr. Schultz passed away in August of 2014 after a hard fought battle with colon cancer.

The jeans day fundraiser raised more than $450 dollars in her memory. Students at Blessed Sacrament School, including Dr. Schultz’s son Ethan donated the money to the Children’s Hospital of Illinois Foundation where an endowment is set up in her honor. Ethan says his mom had a knack for encouraging others to be the best they could be.

“Mom was always happy, never crabby,” he smiled. “She loved her job and loved sports. Mom was always there to cheer me on at my basketball games.”

Thanks to the efforts of Blessed Sacrament School, Dr. Schultz’s legacy of inspiring others will continue living on at Children’s Hospital of Illinois—as more families are touched by this generous gift.