Mural highlights Cancer Walk race

Miami resident and internationally-known mixed-media artist, César Santaló, installed a 250-inch-long, 80-inch-high, five panel fiberglass collage mural entitled “We Are Family” on Aug. 30 and the collage mural commemorates the 15th year anniversary of the Beverly Breast Cancer Walk.
The walk is the largest three-mile walk in Chicago’s Southwest side. The Walk is held every year on Mother’s Day and attracts more than 14,000 men, women and children in the historic Beverly Hills and Morgan Park neighborhood.
Over the past 15 years, the Walk has raised more than $4 million with all proceeds going to Little Company of Mary’s Comprehensive Breast Health Center which is located in the Women’s Center for Life and Health. A first-of-its kind for the area, the Women’s Center also is home to Little Company of Mary’s Accredited Comprehensive Breast Health Center, which offers a full range of diagnostic care specialists, surgeons, nurses, and radiation oncologists. The Center also offers an array of integrative therapy services, such as acupuncture, massage therapy and post-treatment esthetic care.
The mural collage is comprised of more than 8,000 photographs of the 15 years of the Beverly Breast Cancer Walk and includes small cutouts of Chicago political figures as well as inspirational prayers, religious iconography and Little Company of Mary’s founder, Venerable Mary Potter. The collage mural was created in an impressionistic style which pays homage to the grand collection of impressionistic paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago such as Georges Seurat’s, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.”
The “We Are Family” mural image is a representation of the Beverly Breast Cancer Walk with walkers of all ages surrounded by the beautiful architecture and scenic landscapes of the historic Beverly Hills and Morgan Park neighborhood. “My painting serves as a time- capsule of events detailing the growth of the community involvement and participation throughout the 15 year history,” Santaló said.
“What began with three pioneering women (Carol Moriarty, Nancy Mulcahy and Lisa O’Brien) who believed in fighting breast cancer with one step at a time on Mother’s Day, has blossomed into more than 14,000 neighbors and supporters who all have joined in the fight against breast cancer,” said Brian Lepacek, MDiv, executive director of the Little Company of Mary’s Foundation. “We are all amazed at and grateful for César’s breathtaking piece of art. The collage serves as a reminder that if we all come together as a community and family with faith in our hearts, we can help battle the fight against breast cancer - we are all in this together.’’
—Submitted by Little Company of Mary

Spending some energy trying to get energy back

  • Written by Dee Woods

Dee-WoodsI’ve read numerous articles about achieving energy and would guess I’ve tried it all. Some work, some don’t.

There’s B12, coffee, vitamin C, energy drinks with caffeine and all that good and bad stuff, but what we rarely see addressed in the search for energy without the jitters, is the adrenal glands and the role they play in our overall health as well as helping our bodies utilize and attain energy.

Children’s flu could be deadly

This year’s flu season is wreaking havoc and claiming the lives of the tiniest victims.
According to new figures from the Centers for Disease Control, 10 children died in the United States during the second week of 2014, raising the death toll among children nationally to 20 during the 2013-2014 influenza season, which began last fall.
Since a child’s immune system is immature, a child is more susceptible to the virus, warns Malli Challapalli, MD, infectious disease specialist at Advocate Children’s Hospital-Oak Lawn.
“Parents need to take swift and deliberate actions in protecting children from the flu, since influenza can cause serious illness and death, particularly among children under 2 years of age,” said Challapalli. “Vaccination is the best method for preventing flu and its potentially severe complications in children.”
Children with chronic health conditions are at an even greater risk of contracting the flu and may experience severe medical complications.
Each year, an average of 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized because of influenza complications.
Five ways you can protect your child from the flu
The most important thing you can do is get flu vaccine for yourself and your child. Vaccination is recommended for everyone six months and older. Ensure that all of your children’s care providers get the flu vaccine, especially if your child has chronic medical conditions, such as lung disease, asthma, diabetes, neurologic disease or heart disease, or if you have a child under six months of age who is too young to be vaccinated for flu.
Stay away from people who are sick with cold and cough symptoms and avoid high traffic public areas if possible.
Cover coughs and sneezes and teach your child to cough into the elbow.
Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth after touching public surfaces as germs spread this way.

– Submitted by Advocate Children’s Hospital

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Children’s vaccinations available to underinsured at Orland Township

  Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., has gained approval from the Illinois Department of Public Health to provide immunizations to local underinsured children at its monthly immunization clinic.
  Vaccines are available to children 18 and under who are either uninsured, underinsured, Medicaid-eligible (includes All Kids), Native American or Alaskan Native. Underinsured means that the child has health insurance, but it does not cover any vaccines, certain vaccines, or it has a fixed dollar limit or cap for vaccines, and once that cap is reached a child is ineligible. With valid proof of Orland Township residency, vaccines are free of charge. For children residing outside of the township’s boundaries, a $20 administration fee per vaccine will be collected. An up-to-date shot record is mandatory to receive any vaccine, and children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  Available children’s vaccines include DTaP, DTaP-Hep B-IPV, DTaP-IPV-Hib, DTaP-IPV, Hep A, Hep B, Hep B-Hib, HPV, Meningococcal, MMR, IPV, Pneumococcal, Rotavirus, Tdap and Varicella. Adult vaccines are offered to Orland Township residents only and are available at a discounted rate. Adult vaccines include HPV, Pneumococcal, Hep A, Tuberculosis, Hep B, Tdap, IPV, Meningococcal, Hep A-Hep B, MMR, Typhoid and Shingles. Proof of residency is required.
  Orland Township’s next immunization clinics will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 8 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more, call 403-4222 or visit

The Magnificent 7

Little Company doctors among Chicago’s elite

  Seven physicians on staff at Little Company of Mary Hospital are named Top Doctors in the January 2014 issue of Chicago Magazine. Honorees were nominated by physicians nationwide who were asked to consider such factors as clinical excellence, bedside manner, education, and board certification.
  Chicago Magazine’s Top Doctors list was created in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of America’s Top Doctors and other consumer health guides. Castle Connolly’s physician-led team of researchers follows a rigorous screening process to select top doctors on both the national and regional levels.
  Little Company of Mary proudly congratulates the more than 500 physicians who come from all over the Chicagoland area to practice at the Hospital and are certified in a wide array of specialties. In many cases, Little Company of Mary is a family affair, with multiple generations of practicing physicians. Through the years, many talented men and women have lent their hearts, minds and hands to make the southwest area of Chicago a healthier place to live.
  Hassan Alzein (pediatrics), Richard M. Farrell (internal medicine), Philip C. Hoffman (medical oncology), Jacob Rotmench (gynecologic oncology) Howard T. Strassner (maternal and fetal medicine), Michael F. Thomas (geriatric medicine) and James Valek (family medicine) were recognized.
  Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers was also named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
  Little Company of Mary has a rich history of providing the community with nationally recognized, high-quality care. Little Company of Mary’s new state-of-the-art West Pavilion patient tower allows the hospital to focus on its family-centered model and continue with their mission to care and provide the latest technology to heal. For more information about Little Company of Mary, visit our website at To find an exceptional physician near you, please call our free community physician referral service at 708-423-3070.

— Submitted by
Little Company of Mary