Barbara Biscan Supports Advocate Patients and Families with Multiple Planned Gifts

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Barbara Biscan

Barbara and Michael Biscan grew up on the southeast side of Chicago and were married for nearly 50 years before Michael passed away in 2012. Michael was a generous man, supporting various organizations with a focus on children’s health care. After his death, Barbara wanted to make sure his legacy of giving back continued.

The couple’s connection with Advocate began with the birth of their twin grandchildren in 1994. One was transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn while the other was treated at another hospital. Since then, five of their eight grandchildren were born at Advocate Christ Medical Center and two of their daughters are Advocate nurses.

“Everyone at Advocate makes me feel like part of the family,” says Barbara. “From the doctors to the nurses to the child life staff, they are all welcoming and friendly. It’s a great place that I am happy to support.”

Barbara recently toured the new NICU at the Oak Lawn campus and was impressed by how much it had changed. But she also saw how having a child in the NICU continues to be a very stressful experience and wanted to do something to support the patients, their families and the staff that serves them. Coupled with an opportunity to honor her late husband, Barbara established the Michael E., Sr. and Barbara R. Biscan Fund, which provides financial support for a variety of programs aimed at the total healing process for patients and their families.

Barbara has made several gifts to start the fund, including one from her IRA—taking advantage of the charitable rollover provision in the tax code—and another through her donor-advised fund (DAF). She has also planned for the ultimate distribution of her DAF upon her passing to include Advocate Children’s Hospital.

Barbara also supports patient outings for families of sick and hospitalized children. Along with other donors to the fund, Barbara has attended these outings to see the impact of their generosity firsthand.

“I enjoy making a difference in the lives of sick children and their families,” says Barbara. “I want to do what I can to help ease the stress of having a hospitalized child for families.”



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