Family's Gift Enables Rush to Reach More Patients With Autism and Their Families
Because of the expert care that their son received, Julie and Michael Tracy have made a gift to support autism research and care at Rush.
|Louis Kraus, MD, meets with a patient in the AARTS Program and her mother.
with autism at age 2, John Tracy was admitted to Rush University Medical Center
in 2011 because of severe mood instability. Now 20, John has stabilized and is
exploring educational and vocational possibilities in his neighborhood.
back,” said John’s mother, Julie Tracy. “He’s the sweetest kid you’ve ever met.”
gratitude for the care John received and the desire to make such treatments
more widely available for the patients and families that need them, the Julie
and Michael Tracy Family Foundation has made a significant gift in support of
Rush’s Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment and Services (AARTS) Program. “We
are committed to materially supporting the program over the years,” said Julie.
chose to support the AARTS Program because of the physicians’ expertise in managing
autism spectrum disorder with medication, as well as the program’s commitment
to furthering that capability with its clinical research program. “They’ll be
developing that knowledge base with the research component,” Julie said. “One
can’t exist without the other.”
Program also has received major support from the Boler Family Foundation. Such
donor support is critical for the AARTS Program to deliver comprehensive
services to the large number of children and young adults in the Chicago area
with autism spectrum disorder. “It’s enabling us to make a huge difference in
the lives of the individuals we serve,” said Louis Kraus, MD, head of the AARTS
family’s generosity, support and belief in what we’ve been doing is
tremendous. The Tracy family also has been amazingly supportive, both emotionally
and financially. I’m enormously grateful to them for giving us the means to
help people like John Tracy and the many other young people with autism who can
benefit from what we’re doing.”
Written by Kevin McKeough, this story first appeared
Notes, the newsletter for friends and
advocates of the Rush University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry.