Scout Makes a Big Contribution to Hospital

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Byline: Eileen O. Daday

Nearly eight years after the Yacktman's Children's Pavilion opened at Advocate Lutheran Children's Hospital, a donation from another Yacktman family member has come in.

Michael Yacktman, 16, of Arlington Heights has followed his grandmother's lead in donating to the children's hospital. He collected more than 2,000 books, and enlisted help in recording 500 of them on tape, to enhance the hospital's Child Life department.

"I got the idea when I was visiting my nephews in the hospital," said Yacktman, a Buffalo Grove High School junior and an Eagle Scout candidate with Boy Scout Troop 65, sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Arlington Heights.

"There weren't very many books," he added. "I thought it was one way of connecting my love of reading with something meaningful."

Making meaningful contributions turns out to be a family legacy. In 1992, his grandmother, Pauline Yacktman Petre, donated $8 million to the hospital in gratitude for the care her granddaughter received in the newborn intensive care unit.

Samantha now is 14 and family members say she has made a full recovery.

The Victor Yacktman Children's Pavilion was named in honor of Petre's late husband and Michael's grandfather. It opened in 1996 and now is considered to be a major Midwest referral center for children with complex or chronic health conditions.

Some of its programs include: the Midwest Children's Brain Tumor Center, The Heart Institute for Children, pediatric neuropsychology, pediatric therapies and audiology, as well as development pediatrics, which provides care for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and spina bifida. …