Preparing our next Generation of Healthcare Heroes



I AM ABEL FOUNDATION seeks to propose partnerships that target to assist socioeconomically disadvantaged Chicago area youth achieve careers in medicine and allow you to share the wonderful spirit of generosity with the community at large. 

I AM ABEL FOUNDATION, is a 501(c)3 charitable organization I founded following the murder of my young cousin then paralysis of my even younger cousin due to south side gun violence all in the same year. I determined that I had to do more than just speak on the problems in Chicago but had to become an agent of change. I founded I AM ABEL FOUNDATION to engage untapped talent amongst Chicago’s inner-city youth interested in careers in medicine and to empower THEM to become doctors as healers that are prepared to change the narrative in their communities. Each student participates in an intense pre-health and STEM curriculum that is preparing them to be our future researchers, innovators, advocates and physicians. We also connect each student one to one with their own physician mentors and provide them support in a pipeline program that follows them from their first pinning ceremony until the day they dawn their short white coat. We have a powerful mentoring community and our students are saturated with affirmations that further empower them to believe in themselves and their goal to become physicians as healers. Our goal, through our highly impactful programming is to raise up our next generation of healthcare heroes who will become agents of change in their own communities through the platform of medicine. We believe and teach our mentees that medicine and society are inextricably tied. There is no pill that can take away the pain of the voiceless so community leadership as well as humanitarian service both locally and abroad is woven through our pre-health programming and is an expectation for our mentees.

The most challenging barrier for our inner-city children is receiving the needed support and assistance in the areas of science and mathematics. Many of our students are from poorly resourced inner-city schools and were it not for our interventions would not be reaching such impressive benchmarks. We have now seen our 1st medical school graduates and there are many more in the pipeline.  We have increased enrollment of students in AP courses at their high schools and mean GPAs have improved.  Our goal is to continue providing valuable academic and tutoring resources to our students free of charge but to help more students who are waiting for our help. This year we are specifically looking to expand on MCAT prep that is desperately needed amongst our students but is extremely costly. Your support will help provide MCAT prep for our next class of medical school applicants and continued tutoring in STEM coursework. Our goal is to help our mentees overcome common barriers and get the one thing they have often lacked – opportunity.  Please consider becoming a Corporate Sponsor, An Exhibitor or both for our upcoming signature events.  



We have several initiatives this year and would greatly appreciate your support. Choose one or support all. Your sponsorship will help support several key programs for one year.  As a corporate sponsor, you will be spotlighted on our media especially at our largest events of the year including our annual "PREPARING OUR SUCCESSORS IN MEDICINE ” and our annual “Generation Next – Raising Our Heroes In Healthcare.”   We hope that you will consider serving as one of our annual corporate sponsors. The annual student celebration/events and Chicago Health and Medical Careers Citywide Student Conference - Raising Hero’s in Healthcare are our signature fund raising events and this year’s goal is $120,000. As a corporate sponsor, an Exhibitor’s booth at our annual student conference is complimentary.


Be a sponsor to any or all of I Am Abel Foundation's host of activities and events. Learn more at

For VIP and Presenting Sponsors, you can choose to be the principal sponsor for one of the following events:

  • Chicago Health and Medical Careers Citywide Student Conference, Saturday, May 16, 2020, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Rush University Armour Academic Center

  • Mentor Mentee Resilience ReceptionSunday, May 17, 2020, 3:00 - 6:00 pm, The Loretto Hospital

  • Preparing Our Successors In Medicine 5th Annual Student Gala | Black & Gold Edition, Saturday, June 27, 2020

  • Mentor Mentee Back To School Summer Luau and Graduation SoireeSaturday, August 8, 2020, Time and Location TBA

  • Hot Shots and Top Docs 3 on 3 Basketball Recruitment Tournament for Chicago Area 6-8th Grade Boys, Sunday, July 26, 2020, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Loyola Center For Fitness

  • Austin Community Grand Rounds with Northwestern University, Saturday, January 16, 2021, 1:00 am - 3:00 pm, The Loretto Hospital

  • Mentors Making Mentors In Medicine, Annual Physician Recruitment Event, Saturday, February 13, 2021, The Loretto Hospital



With complimentary Exhibitor Booth for May Student Conference

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Your support as an Exhibitor would also be phenomenal as you bring important content to our Chicago area students while supporting the work of the foundation.  We are expecting over 400 attendees based on last year’s attendance that exceeded our expectations. In addition to our pre-health career students, there will be an array of physicians and health care leaders in academic and private practice who will be in attendance and will therefore be a wonderful opportunity for you to not only support this incredibly valuable student focused conference but also a solid opportunity for you to collaborate with colleagues and partners in medicine.  Are you an educator in basic or medical science? Do you or have resources or valued information to share with our Chicago area students interested in careers in Healthcare?  Consider becoming an exhibitor for our upcoming conference! 




In-Kind gifts are contributions of goods or services, other than cash or merchandise. Corporations are a common source of in-kind gifts, which are offered along with, or in lieu of, cash grants. We are grateful to receive any gifts that will contribute to the success of our event. 

In-Kind gifts that would be ideal for the I AM ABEL FOUNDATION Gala are as follows: 

Auction items: Vacations, Sports Paraphernalia, Airline Tickets, even a Brand-New Car 

Goods: Decorations, Gift Bags, Promotional Items 

Services: Entertainment, Printing, Sound & Lighting, Decorating, Screen Printing 

For more information please email on how to support and the equivalent level of sponsorship!



Please help us make a difference in Chicago one child at a time. Please contact us at (866) 600-6959 with any questions.  Please leave a message if we miss you.  You can also reach me on mobile at (708) 250-9091


LaMenta Sweetie Conway, MD, MPH

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