better together Advocate supporters Nancy Hagen and Andy Tecson I demonstrate the power of philanthropic partnership. f Andy Tecson and Nancy Hagen had never met and gotten married, they would probably still be admired for the way they give of themselves to help others live their best possible lives. Andy would still be sharing his legal expertise to help not-for-profit organizations and faith communities build the systems and support networks they need to fulfill their missions. Nancy would still be meeting others’ basic human needs, both physical and spiritual, whether providing food and shelter for the Chicago law firm distinguished by its commitment to philanthropy. “My parents taught me the importance of giving back to the communities you live and work in, while Nancy’s taught her that we are all citizens of the broader community of the world.” If Nancy has enlightened Andy, he has emboldened her. “Andy’s cheerful and energetic and not afraid of trying anything,” says Nancy, a one-time accountant turned social entrepreneur whose many philanthropic homeless or offering a comforting presence to grieving children through the Tommy’s Kids program of St. Thomas Hospice. Andy and Nancy did meet and marry, however, and their union helps prove the gestalt theory that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Together they have provided a temporary home for disadvantaged children from around the globe who have come to the Chicago area for medical treatment. They helped a childhood friend of Andy’s develop and fund an organization—Clarke Cares—that has bought 20,000 mosquito nets to protect African villagers from malaria, elephantiasis and other insect-borne diseases. And they have given generously of their time, talent and treasure to support Advocate Christ Medical Center and Advocate Children’s Hospital—Oak Lawn. Just for starters. “I’ve really grown in my sense of service thanks to Nancy,” says Andy, president of Chuhak & Tecson, a Andy and Nancy's partnership with Advocate Health Care includes the health law expertise Andy provides to the system's general counsel, Gail Hasbrouck (left). 10 – healing gifts – Spring 2014 ventures include founding Hope’s Front Door, a Downers Grove-based ministry that assists community members in financial crisis. “A sense of having no limitations has opened up a lot of things in my mind.” Open minds, open doors One of the first things it opened up was the couple’s Downers Grove home. When their sons Luke and Matthew were young, the Hagen-Tecsons became a second family to Hector, a boy from Dominican Republic, following his brain tumor surgery at what is now known as Advocate Children’s Hospital—Park Ridge. The family ultimately took in a total of four children at different times, for periods ranging from six weeks to six months.