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April 19th is Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Action Day

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia AwarenessApril is Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Month

Charities and families in 60 countries are working together to raise CDH Awareness through state and town Proclamations, lighted buildings, Parades of Cherubs, fundraisers and other events. Learn more at http://www.cdhawarenessday.org



Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) occurs when the diaphragm fails to form or to close totally and an opening allows abdominal organs into the chest cavity. This inhibits lung growth.

CDH occurs in approximately 1 in every 2,500 births (1,600 cases in the U.S. each year). The diaphragm is formed in the first trimester of pregnancy and controls the lungs' ability to inhale and exhale. The cause of CDH is not yet known.



The Association of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research, Awareness, and Support

Welcome to the official web site of CHERUBS - The Association of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research, Awareness and Support.

Founded in 1995, we are an international charity, helping over 5000 families in 60 countries and leading the way in CDH Research, Awareness and Support services.

CHERUBS is an IRS recognized 501(c)III non-profit organization.


News from CHERUBS

2016 CDH Conference in Paris with ACDHO

CHERUBS is very excited to announce that our 2016 CDH Conference will take place in Paris!   


Saint Louis Science Center's James S. McDonnell Planetarium Lights Up for CDH Action Day!

Photo courtesy of slsc.org

Saint Louis Science Center's James S. McDonnell Planetarium lights up blue, pink and yellow on April 19th in support of Congenital Diaphragmatic Action Day!

The Saint Louis Science Center's James S. McDonnell Planetarium is one of the nation's leading space education facilities. The James S. McDonnell Planetarium stands as an enduring symbol of St. Louis’ aviation and aerospace history and is one of the city’s most recognized landmarks.  Recently preparations have been underway to relight the Planetarium with a new state-of-the-art, energy-efficent LED color wash system that is capable of producing up to 16 million colors. 
Visit slsc.org for more information and plan your visit. 
Special thanks to The Saint Louis Science Center's James S. McDonnell Planetarium and CHERUBS Missouri State Representative Laura Henderson for raising Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness! 

The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge Raises Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness!

The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge in Boston, Massachusetts will be raising Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness on April 19th, 2015 by lighting up blue, pink and yellow.

Photo courtesy of Scott Glovsky


Special thanks to our Awareness Committee and everyone at the MassDOT for taking action against Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia!

Want to see your local buildings and landmarks lit up blue, pink and yellow on April 19th? Send them a request! Contact our awareness committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

CDH Awareness Quilt

As part of our $20 for 20 Fundraiser, we are creating a CDH Awareness Quilt to commemorate CHERUBS 20th Anniversary!

For all of 2015, we will post the photos of cherubs whose loved one donate to "purchase" quilt squares. 

On January 1, 2016, all photos included will be printed onto a real, fabric quilt that will be revealed on April 19, 2016 and then displayed at different locations throughout the country.

You may include as many photos of your cherub as you would for $20 donations each.  


Jessica Barry Jayden Gilbert Ally Hensley Evie Hensley Bryson Woodruff
Ian Meats Shane Torrence Tate Napers Braden Holt Brandon Hall
Shane Torrence Shane Torrence Shane Torrence Shane Torrence
Brandon Hall Evie Hensley Ally and Evie Hensley Ally Hensley Aaron Kane Boyd
Kaleigh Marie Myers


After you make a $20 for 20 donation, please mail your photo with your cherub's name included to quilt@cdhsupport.org   Photos will be posted within 2 business days.






Donate to CDH

Join us on the 20th Anniversary CDH Conference Cruise!

Every month you have a chance to take #cdhACTION to raise awareness and funding and to win this beautiful trophy.  12 months = 12 winners!


2015 CDH Events

February 12th

March 30th

April 18th  

June 29th
August 23rd - 29th

Interested in holding an event? Email our Fundraising Committee and we will be happy to assist you.

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