Shopping for a Cause: The Oak Street Summer Shop Around

Make It Better had the pleasure of sponsoring the Oak Street Summer Shop Around with the Oak Street Council on June 18. Shoppers were treated to entertainment, refreshments and special promotions within participating stores on and around Oak Street. The best part? Ten percent of profits from participating stores went to benefit the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. […]

Joey Rides: Building a Bike for a Child With Cerebral Palsy

Summer is here, and it’s time to go biking. No one is more excited than 10-year-old Joey Hitzeman who just received a brand-new, custom-made bike. Hitzeman was born with cerebral palsy, a condition that impacts his ability to control movement, balance and posture. He gets around in a power wheelchair that he operates with his […]

Better Makers: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), founded in 1954 as both a hospital and research facility, maintains its position as the leader in rehabilitative care and innovation with the help of its many supporters. One of these organizations is the Women’s Board, which provides both fundraising and volunteer work for the RIC. On Tuesday, May […]

Young Mom Has Stroke Two Weeks After Birth of First Baby

Adam Kroupa and his wife, Heather, were snuggling on the bed with their newborn son, Joshua. It was their first day home together as a family. “What do you think he’ll be like when he grows up?” Adam asked Heather. Heather did not answer. Her eyes were wide, but she did not speak. Adam repeated […]

Quick & Easy: Shop to Support the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Shop for antiques while supporting a good cause at the 16th Annual Private Preview Party of The Merchandise Mart International Antiques Fair. The event is hosted by the Women’s Board of The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). Bring a friend and join nearly 800 guests who will enjoy a delicious buffet, live music and event […]

Support Mark Stephan and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

After a horrific bike accident in 2007, that left Mark Stephan paralyzed from the neck down, doctors told him he’d never walk again. Five months later, Mark defied all expectations and walked out of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). To raise money for the RIC, Stephan is undertaking a grueling journey: cycling 3,129 across […]

Quick and Easy: The Stephan Challenge

When Mark Stephan went bicycling with his friends on the morning of August 11, 2007, he never imagined that it would be a day that changed his life.   During the ride, the front tire of his bike disengaged, throwing him over the handlebars and causing him to hit his head full force against the […]