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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

2015 CDH Research Contest Winners

And the winner is...


CHERUBS 2015 Year In Review

Thank you all for helping us to accomplish many goals this year!  We look forward to gaining new ground for our cause in 2016!


Cherub Connor with Santa

Now with the holidays basically here, we long to hold our sweet boy even more, dress him in cute Christmas outfits, watch him open his presents from under the tree, and even little things, like taking pictures with “Santa”. This week I was inspired by another picture like this and knew in my heart I had to do it! My husband was very excited too. As parents of an angel, you don’t get to do many “normal parent” things, but this was something we could still do and honor our beautiful son. I won’t lie, it was very emotional and as the tears were streaming down my face, I was so touched by how thoughtful and warm hearted “Santa” and his helpers were. They made this moment even more special for us. Making memories with our son isn’t something I thought we would be able to do after he passed but I was wrong. We include him in our family traditions as much as possible, and speak his name often. We are so proud of him and honoring him in small ways like this, is the least we can do. What an incredible life he served, and the impact he left is still all around us! We love you Connor Michael.


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 Elizabeth Kelly Staggs
Aymeric Boivin-Allard Harper Elaine Yucka
Charley Stansfield Maher Casey Carter
Andrew Daniel Castle-Hudson Ian Meats(3)   Alexander Nicholas Seifert 
Annabelle Alexia Medrano Asher Patz
Ava Catherine Ava Elaine and JT Jr. Dickerson
Baby Needham
Braden Holt(2) Brady Collin Passieu(2) Brandon Hall(3)
Brandon Hall(4) Bryson Woodruff(2)
Charley Stanfield-Maher Christian Kime(2)
Claire Elise Connor Michael Gast
Dominic Zimmerman Elle Mackenzie Pirris
Ethan James Whetzel Evelyn Yardley
Hadley Kate Bush Hadley Kate Bush(2)
Isaac Anthony Mejia
Jarred Daniel Deer Jr (JJ) Jayden Scott Gilbert(2)
Kaleigh Marie Myers(2) Kassidy Reed-Pratt Kassidy Reed-Pratt(2) Landon Alaric Hadermann
Levi Neil Hansen Liam Joseph Hawkins(2)
Alissa Lewis
Nakyler Anthony Martinezy Nakyler Anthony Martinez(2) Nathan Daniel Scelfo Nathan Daniel Scelfo(2)
Nathaniel Richard Claes Nicholas Christian
Scarlett Grace Roberson Shane Torrence
Alissa Lewis


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.






Join the Angel Club and make a daily, weekly, monthly or annual donation in honor or in memory of your cherub. 
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More amount options can be found on our Angel Club page.

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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