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Michael Matters Foundation establishes $25,000 grant for Kellogg Cancer Center patients

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  • Tyler Bauer, Assistant Vice President, NorthShore Kellogg Cancer Center, Mary Schostok, Michael Matters Foundation, Dr. Nicholas A. Vick and TJ Saye, Michael Matters Foundation.

    Tyler Bauer, Assistant Vice President, NorthShore Kellogg Cancer Center, Mary Schostok, Michael Matters Foundation, Dr. Nicholas A. Vick and TJ Saye, Michael Matters Foundation.

NorthShore University HealthSystem Foundation

On Friday, October 18, 2013, the Michael Matters Foundation presented NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) Kellogg Cancer Center with a check for $25,000. This generous donation will enable the creation of The Michael Matters Grant. The Michael Matters Grant will help patients battling brain tumors maintain their quality of life during their treatment by providing financial assistance for non-medical related expenses.

"There are numerous expenses that are often times overlooked during treatment," said TJ Saye, founder of the Michael Matters Foundation. "Many patients lose their jobs while undergoing treatment and are burdened by both medical and non-medical related expenses, including transportation, hotel, and childcare. We'd like to provide some level of relief for those suffering -- one less worry during an incredibly difficult time."

The Michael Matters Foundation was established in 2013 to honor Michael P. Schostok, a well-known trial attorney, loving father, and devoted husband from Libertyville, Illinois. A month after turning 50-years-old, Michael began having difficulty recalling words and past events. After a trip to the emergency room, Michael was diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumor. Despite the tireless efforts of the skilled doctors and nurses at NorthShore Kellogg Cancer Center, Michael passed away 15-months later in July of 2012.

"NorthShore Kellogg Cancer Center is a very special place to my family," said Mary Schostok, Michael's wife. "While undergoing treatment, Michael witnessed the day-to-day financial struggles of others with brain cancer and he wanted to help. By establishing The Michael Matters Grant we are making that wish a reality. He would be so proud."

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About NorthShore University HealthSystem

Headquartered in Evanston, Illinois, NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) is a comprehensive, fully integrated, healthcare delivery system that serves the Chicago region. The system includes four hospitals in Evanston, Glenview, Highland Park and Skokie. NorthShore employs approximately 10,000 and has 2,400 affiliated physicians, including an 800+ physician, multispecialty group practice with over 100 office locations. Further, NorthShore supports teaching and research as the principal teaching affiliate for the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

The NorthShore Research Institute focuses on clinical and translational research, including leadership in clinical trials and medical informatics. The NorthShore University HealthSystem Foundation is the primary philanthropic entity of NorthShore. The Foundation raises charitable contributions and engages volunteer friends in support of NorthShore's ongoing mission to preserve and improve human life.

NorthShore has significant capabilities in a wide spectrum of clinical programs, including Kellogg Cancer Center, NorthShore Neurological Institute, cardiovascular care, orthopaedics, high-risk maternity and pediatrics. NorthShore is a Magnet recognized organization, the first in Illinois designated as a system to receive this prestigious honor that demonstrates excellence in nursing and high standards in patient care. NorthShore is a national leader in the implementation of innovative technologies, including electronic medical records (EMR). In 2003, NorthShore was among the first in the country to successfully launch a system-wide EMR with demonstrable benefits in quality, safety, efficiency and service to patients. NorthShore has been recognized by multiple national organizations for this notable achievement.