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The Sara Center

May 21 @ 6:00 pm

The Sara Center

May 21 | Doors at 6 pm, Buffet Dinner at 6:15, Program begins at 7 pm | Hughes Hall

Starting the Conversation: Identifying Values and Goals at the End of Life    

It may be the most important conversation you start all year.

How do you begin the talk with loved ones about their goals – and yours – for quality of care at the end of life? All too often, these conversations take place during stressful periods of illness, or worse, never happen at all.

Mary F. Mulcahy, MD, and Randi Belisomo, DBe founded Life Matters Media to help provide information, resources and support for everyone involved in end of life decision-making. Through professional and personal experience, they understand that communicating early can lead to better quality of care and quality of life later.

Since its founding in 2013, Life Matters Media’s work throughout the region and online has inspired thousands to consider, communicate and document their end of life preferences. It’s digital resource,, has been hailed by The New York Times as a “website to visit” and its programming has been described as “passionate, lively and enlightening” by The Chicago Tribune.

Program Presenters

Randi Belisomo, DBe is the President and Co-Founder of Life Matters Media. She serves as a reporter at WGN-TV in Chicago and is a frequent contributor to Chicago Public Radio, Relevant Radio and WGN 720 AM. She writes about issues related to end of life healthcare and policy for Reuters Health. Belisomo holds a doctorate from Loyola University-Chicago in bioethics and health policy, as well as an M.S.J. from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Having served as a caregiver and widowed at a young age, Belisomo knows that end of life issues impact everyone at some point.

Mary F. Mulcahy, M.D. is co-founder of Life Matters Media. She is a practicing medical oncologist with a decade and a half of experience in caring for patients and families with terminal illness. She is a sought-after speaker providing education to medical providers, allied professionals, advocacy groups and patients. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Hematology Oncology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from the University of California San Diego, completed her residency at Boston University and her fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She has expertise in the treatment of pancreatic, biliary, esophageal and liver cancers. She is experienced in liver directed therapy for primary and metastatic liver tumors.


Program fee is $15 per person

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About the Sara Center…

Sara Hill was someone who, very simply but profoundly, affected the lives of many. For over twenty years Sara was a life-giving woman to the people of Old St. Patrick’s. This happened because of her own profound spirituality, her devotion to Jesus, her prayer life, and her strength and peace within. Sara was a woman of wisdom. With Sara, people found the conversation they were looking for. She would listen intently as they shared with her their personal lives. Sara would respond and often connect them to people she was sure would welcome them and continue the conversation.

Dialoguing and networking were Sara’s gift to all who knew her. The Sara Center at Old St. Patrick’s continues this tradition, offering events on “things that matter” and providing opportunities for people to dialogue and network.


May 21
6:00 pm


Hughes Hall
700 W. Adams (Beneath the Church)
Chicago, IL 60661 United States
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