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This year has been an incredible year at our charity and every step that we have been able to take has tremendously helped us to assist families affected by Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia.

As we reflect back on all of our accomplishments, we also remember all the children born with CDH during the past year and prepare for all the babies to be born with CDH in 2015.

We hope that you will continue with us on this journey to make sure that no family fights Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia alone.

Because of incredible members, volunteers and donors, we were able to achieve amazing things in 2014:

   * Rang the Closing Bell on the NYSE
   * Won Presidential Point of Light Award
   * Held first International CDH Conference in Europe
   * 2014 CDH Conference in Washington DC
   * Won 3rd place in national Dare Me For Charity contest
   * Participated in Dare Me For Charity events in; Las Vegas, Tempe, New York, Columbus, New Orleans, Denver, St. Louis, Detroit, Edina (Minnesota), Boston, Pittsburgh and Jacksonville.
   * CDH Awareness Month Resolution passed in United States Senate
   * CDH Awareness Month Resolution introduced in United States House of Representatives
   * Met with Congressmen on Capitol Hill
   * CHERUBS Dinner on Capitol Hill
   * 46 states proclaim April 19th for CDH Awareness
   * 72 mayors proclaim April 19th for CDH Awareness
   * Appeared on "Good Morning America"
   * Appeared on "Today Show""
   * Supported cherub Rudy Abreu on "So You Think You Can Dance"
   * Phillies vs Mets CDH Awareness Game
   * CN Tower in Toronto lit on April 19th for CDH Awareness
   * Mercedes Benz Super Dome lit on April 19th for CDH Awareness
   * Dublin City Hall lit on April 19th for CDH Awareness
   * Wells Fargo Duke Energy Center in Charlotte lit on April 19th for CDH Awareness
   * Miami Tower lit on April 19th for CDH Awareness
   * PECO Building in Philadelphia lit on April 19th for CDH Awareness
   * Cleveland Terminal Tower lit on April 19th for CDH Awareness
   * One Liberty Place Building in Philadelphia lit on April 19th for CDH Awareness
   * RSA Battle House Tower in Mobile lit on April 19th for CDH Awareness
   * Tampa Sun Trust Building lit on April 19th for CDH Awareness
   * City Place of West Palm Beach lit on April 19th for CDH Awareness
   * CDH Awareness Walk and Easter Egg Hunt in St Louis
   * Shands @ UF CDH Awareness Parade in Gainesville
   * 2014 CDH Awareness Event in Portland
   * CDH Awareness Ziplining Fundraiser in the UK
   * Baby B.L.U. 5K Race
   * CDH Awareness Day Event in Mesa, AZ
   * Applebee's CDH Awareness Night in Fresno, CA
   * CDH Awareness at Midcoast Pizza & More in Maine
   * Spin For CDH Awareness in Wilmington, NC
   * Parade of Cherubs in Portland
   * 4 CBS Outdoor Billboards light for CDH Awareness
   * CDH Awareness at the Philadelphia Zoo
   * Carnegie Science Center Lighting in Pittsburg
   * Hike the Hill for Congenital Diaphragmatic Awareness in Ohio
   * CDH Awareness Egg Roll in Ohio
   * Vance Thompson Vision Lighting in South Dakota
   * 10 Billboards - South Dakota
   * Salt Lake Bees Baseball CDH Awareness Night
   * CDH Awareness Night with the Las Vegas 51's
   * 2014 Day of CDH Awareness Texas Picnic
   * Member homes light up pink, blue and yellow
   * Membership reached 5000
   * Join the Combined Federal Campaign
   * April Showers for CDH Babies campaign
   * Peter Harris Clothes charity of the year
   * 2014 CDH Newsletter
   * 2015 CDH Awareness Calendar
   * CDH Radio Show
   * Member picnic in Indiana
   * Member picnic in Louisiana
   * Christmas cookie exchange and lunch in Nevada
   * Member picnic in Colorado
   * Fall Festivities in Oregon
   * Member brunch in Arizona
   * Mustang Club of Indianapolis Car Show benefiting CHERUBS
   * Member picnic in North Carolina
   * Member picnic in Ohio
   * Awareness walk in Ohio
   * 3 Shirt Fundraisers
   * 50/50 CDH Raffle for Research Contest
   * CDH Research Grant Contest
   * Created over 100 new graphics
   * 2014 CDH Awareness Holiday Cards
   * Created 5 more CDH Awareness Videos
   * Participated in Couture for a Cause
   * Participated in National Children's Memorial Day, honoring over 1900 lost cherubs
   * Participated in #GivingTuesday
   * Created CDH Funeral Assistance Fund
   * Awarded 1 CDH Scholarship
   * Awarded 12 Financial Assistance Grants to families
   * 4 Hospitals Presented with CDH Kits
   * Over 200 CDH HOPE Totebags sent to new and expectant CDH Families
   * Over 200 CDH Information Packets sent to CDH Families
   * Successfully petitioned correction of CDH info from "The Doctors" show
   * Installed new Board of Directors
   * Installed new members of the Parent Advisory Board
   * Created CDH Support Groups on Facebook
   * CDH Ice Bucket Challenges
   * Reached over 22,000 Facebook Fans
   * Reached over 14,000 Twitter Followers



Our urgent goal:

Eliminate Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia in our lifetime

and support those already affected.




"I can't imagine how we could have managed, or even survived the last 20 years without CHERUBS. I have made life long long friends, who in all honesty are in many ways more like family than my blood relations are. Our children, our CHERUBS families are so dear to us, they hold a special place in our hearts, always."- Heidi Forney

"CHERUBS has brought so many loving people into my life. They understand how I feel. They know what it's like to watch your child fight. They're more then just friends, they're family." - Brandy Hawkins

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"We have truly enjoyed being involved in Cherubs over the years. I have been able to attend two conferences where I met wonderful parents of other CDH kids and made lifelong friends. My favorite memories are of the CDH Awareness walks in DC. There is no other group that does so much to advance the cause of CDH kidsand their families."- Mary Abigail Reinhardt

"CHERUBS has been awesome to support us on our CDH journey! Even though we weren't members until long after our first CDH diagnosis, the support we've received since joining has been amazing. We have been able to connect with so many other families and share our successes and grief. We've also been able to offer support to so many other families. Without CHERUBS our CDH world, and the CDH world in general would be a lot darker!" - Josh Hensley

"The same day that we got the diagnosis that Vivienne had CDH I was was doing research online and discovered CHERUBS. A few weeks later we received the care package, with items donated by parents in honor/memory of their children. A lot of that stuff ended up being very useful, but even more than that, just feeling like part of a community of people who understand what you are going through was really great." - Allison Moore


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2017 - News from CHERUBS

2018 Light Ups for CDH Awareness Day

Buildings and Landmarks in the United States and Canada lit up blue, pink and yellow on April 19th for CDH Awareness Day.  The CN Tower will light up on April 28th in Toronto, Canada.

The following locations lit up for CDH Awareness Day in 2018:


CDH International Telethon on April 19th

On CDH Awareness Day, April 19th, CDH International interviewed families, researchers, doctors and volunteers as they all shared stories, tears and trials as we raised awareness and money for Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia via live video on Facebook.  We had guests live from around the globe, truly an international day of CDH Awarneess.  The goal was to reach $50,000 over 15 hours during a live Facebook telethon.  Donors were able to make a donation by calling in, donating on any of the member's Facebook telethon fundraisers or directly on the website.  As the telethon closed, CDH International surpassed the goal bringing in $51,388.  This number is on the rise, where the final total will be announced on April 30th.  Facebook fundraisers for the telethon are still ongoing and the charity waits for any checks arriving by mail.


2018 Salt Lake City Bees Game for CHERUBS

On Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Smith's Ballpark in Salt Lake City, Utah, CHERUBS held a CDH Awareness Ballgame. This was the 5th annual CDH Awareness ball game for the charity.  The game has been a yearly celebration of CDH Awareness Month. CHERUBS members, family and friends got together for a great night of baseball, meeting other CDH families and raised a ton of CDH Awareness. Abby Rush, 15 year old CDH survivor, got to throw in the 1st pitch of the night and kick off the celebration for the charity.  Wearing her wings, Abby threw the 1st pitch like a pro and raised a ton of CDH Awareness.