Today we face a critical and vast knowledge gap in the areas of health, wellness, and disease progression for women, because, historically, women's health was considered synonymous with reproductive health with little consideration given to the full arc of a woman's life - at all ages and stages.
Friends of Prentice is committed to closing that gap. Our organization works in partnership with Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women's Hospital to fund innovative and leading-edge research and clinical initiatives that benefit the lives of women and infants in our community and across the globe.
Like many of our members, I joined the Friends of Prentice board of directors in 2011 because of the deeply profound impact Prentice Women’s Hospital has had on my family and friends.
I will never forget the exceptional care and devotion the NICU team gave our son and daughter-in-law for more than three weeks following the harrowing birth of our first grandson. Nor will I ever stop being grateful for the life-saving care provided to a dear friend diagnosed with leukemia just days before her baby was born. Both mom and baby are now home and thriving.
As I talk with others and share these experiences I know I'm not alone in feeling that the innovative, world-class medical care coupled with the underlying human compassion of the entire Prentice patient care team is invaluable to our lives, our community, and women and infants everywhere.
I am proud to serve as president of Friends of Prentice and carry the torch of this vital organization. As you visit our website I hope you learn something new about our work, are inspired to volunteer your time and talents, and pledge your support for advancing women's healthcare by making a donation.
Together we can fund innovation and groundbreaking research for years to come.
Friends of Prentice has raised over $20M since its inception in 1983 and awarded grants to more than 80 researchers and clinical programs. Many of these FOP grant recipients have gone on to expand their work with later stage funding from prestigious organizations like the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
We fund researchers and clinicians who are turning science into solutions. We are inspired by the deeply-moving, personal stories of women whose lives have been changed by the Prentice community.
Friends of Prentice grant recipients are on the front lines of medical advancements, developing compelling data and accelerating research breakthroughs in areas that span the full spectrum of a woman's life.
Friends of Prentice's 33rd Annual Fundraising Benefit
Join us on November 3, 2018, for a Casablanca-themed evening at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago to celebrate and grow our proud legacy of helping to shape women's healthcare in our community and beyond.
Friends of Prentice grant recipient Dr. Craig Garfield, a neonatal hospitalist at Northwestern's Prentice Women's Hospital and attending physician at Lurie Children's Hospital, talks with Crain's about his innovative NICU2HOME app that directly connects new parents to real-time information about their babies in intensive care.
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As Board President of FOP and Vice President of Strategic Relationships at Skender, Cheryl was an ideal contributor to a piece on career leadership in Chicago Women's Magazine.
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