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Why Delavan parishioner is walking to support OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois

Tom Brewer of Tremont, right, walks along U.S. Highway 150 as he, accompanied by Julie and Matt Hohulin, approach Farmer City on April 30. Brewer is walking a 132-mile route from Danville to Peoria to raise money for OSF HealthCare Children's Hospital of Illinois. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

As Tom Brewer checked various life adventures and experiences off his bucket list, the retired engineer from St. Mary Parish in Delavan reached for a new bucket to fill with gratitude and ways to pay his blessings forward. And so this week Brewer, 73 — who has hiked the Appalachian Trail, climbed Mount Everest to […]

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‘Supergirl’ Sierra, 6, on gift-giving mission to spread joy at OSF Children’s Hospital

Sierra Grace Biagioni of Peru, also known as Miss Claus, delivers a bag filled with 54 $25 gift cards to OSF HealthCare Children's Hospital of Illinois on Dec. 24. Accepting the gift on behalf of the young patients is Child Life Specialist Hillary Reiner. (Provided photo)

PERU — Like any superhero, Sierra Grace Biagioni has several aliases. Some call her Supergirl, which was her chosen costume for Halloween and the theme for her Nov. 2 birthday party a couple years ago. This Christmas, however, the 6-year-old was known as Miss Claus, donating 54 $25 gift cards to OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital […]

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Ground blessed, construction begins on OSF ‘Almost Home Kids’ facility in Peoria

Taking part in groundbreaking ceremonies in Peoria on Nov. 15 for the Almost Home Kids facility to be owned and operated by OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois were, from left: Dr. Suzanne White; Dr. Jeffrey Ruskusky; Debbie Grisko, president and executive director of Almost Home Kids; Robert Sehring, chief executive officer of OSF HealthCare; Dr. Michael Cruz, president of OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center; Sister Judith Ann Duvall, OSF, chairperson of the board for OSF HealthCare System; Kelly Nierstedt, president of OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois; Dr. Divya Joshi, chief executive officer of OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois; Theresa Murphy, strategic philanthropy officer of OSF HealthCare; and Jay Harms, a member of the Children’s Hospital of Illinois Community Advisory Board. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Proclaiming it “holy ground in the service of human life,” OSF HealthCare officials hosted blessing ceremonies Nov. 15 as construction began on an $8.5 million transitional home for children with complicated health needs to be located at 5200 N. Hamilton Road in Peoria. The 21,000-square-foot home will be the third “Almost Home Kids” facility in […]

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