|The Women’s Network 5th annual signature event is a celebration of the amazing women from our medical community that have had an impact on our mission and the children we serve. During the event we will be honoring two of these women in particular for their exceptional commitment and dedication to our mission. These women, our 2018 Women & Wishes Honorees, will be presented with a special award for their continued impact and support of our chapter. Additionally, enjoy incredible mission moments, our robust silent auction and delicious eats and drinks all while celebrating in one of Chicago’s most beloved Italian restaurants.
The 2018 Women & Wishes Honorees are:
Angela Berger, LCSW
Angela Berger, LCSW, is one of our top Referral Sources. She is a Social Worker in Pulmonology and Cystic Fibrosis at Lurie Children’s Hospital and has been referring patients since 2012. In the past year, she has taken time to meet with MAW staff to discuss eligibility criteria and how to work strategically to ensure that her patients had either already been referred or were open to being referred. She then took it upon herself to implement the strategy, and as a result, she has referred or inspired 27 new qualified referrals. Prior to last July and operationalizing the process, she had referred or inspired an additional 20 qualified referrals, bringing her overall total to 47. She clearly understands the impact of a wish and how it can help build resilience and influence healing in the patients that she serves. We are so appreciative of Angela’s ongoing dedication and willingness to incorporate Make-A-Wish into her everyday interactions for so many children!
Jackie Wolak, MSN, APN, FNP-C
Jackie Wolak, MSN, APN, FNP-C, is an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) with the Epilepsy Department at Lurie Children’s Hospital. She is not only is one of our top referral sources, but extremely engaged in numerous ways. She has been a Wish Granting volunteer since 2014 and has attended several of our fundraising events. More recently, she helped develop an eligibility guideline document specific to Epilepsy and related neurological conditions to provide clarity around which conditions meet our criteria and therefore are eligible for a wish. Over the past year, Jackie has referred and qualified 16 of her own patients, and has also championed this effort within her department. Make-A-Wish truly appreciates Jackie’s unwavering commitment and leadership—because of her, many more children will experience the healing impact of a wish. For that, we are so grateful!
Cranes of Hope
The evening will also include an opportunity for attendees to make wishes come true through an ancient symbol of hope. Japanese culture says that a person who folds 1,000 origami paper cranes will be granted a wish. Many times a family or group of people come together to accomplish this labor of love. Throughout the evening, guests will be invited to participate in this tradition by making a contribution to Make-A-Wish Illinois and personalizing a paper crane with a message of hope or well wishes for a Wish Child. Not only will your contribution help bring hope, strength, and joy to a child in need, but the Hope Crane will be given to a Wish Child as they prepare to experience their own wish.
For questions please contact Nikki Riskin at 312.602.9464 or Riskin@illinois.wish.org.