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CHERUBS is celebrating 20 years by hitting the $1 MILLION mark for CDH!  

For two decades we have been raising CDH Awareness, funding research and providing free support services to families affected by Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia.

We are very proud to announce that we are extremely close to having raised almost $1,000,000 for our cause!

This is 1 million dollars that has paid for care packages for newborns, events for families to meet other families and learn more about CDH, research grants to hospitals, awareness projects and much, much more over the past 20 years.  Every single penny has gone to further our goal of helping families while ending CDH.

This is possible because of donors and supporters, families and friends, working together to help combat Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia by supporting our fundraisers, making donations, holding fundraisers of their own in memory and in honor of children who have fought CDH.

20 years ago, there was nothing for families struck by CDH.  Now, there is a tremendous amount of support services, research funding and participating and international awareness thanks the group effort of everyone at our charity!   CDH families are no longer alone.

We ask you to help us cross that finish line by donating, fundraising, creating a Firstgiving page and let's reach that $1,000,000 mark together!

Donate or fundraise at https://www.firstgiving.com/10125/1millionCDH

Our urgent goal:

Eliminate Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia in our lifetime

and support those already affected.

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WHAT CDH FAMILIES ARE SAYING:

"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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  • $50 - 1 CDH HOPE Totebag
  • $150 - 1 Hospital Kit
  • $250 - 1 Family Grant
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  • $7000 - 1 CDH Conference
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2017 - News from CHERUBS

CDH Picnic in Peoria, IL, held on 9.16.18

On Sunday, September 16th, CDH International Medical Advisory Board Member, Kristin Aigner, held a CDH family picnic for families in Peoria, IL.  Food and drinks were provided as they celebrated our miracles, whether they are here with us, or watching over us from heaven. 

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Featured Cherub: Taylor Jarecki Steffensmeier

Featured cherub of the week is Taylor Jarecki Steffensmeier.  This young woman continues to beat the odds one breath at a time and continues to bring hope to so many CDH families.  She continues to raise CDH Awareness and is an inspiration to so many of our members.  Here is Taylor’s story in her own words: 

I was born with undiagnosed LCDH in 1991 in a small rural hospital. The doctors noticed something was wrong with me right from the start as I entered the world blue. It was too foggy to be life flighted to the nearest NICU which was two hours away so I was taken by ground. Not even 24 hours old my parents had to make the decision to put me on ECMO. At 5 days old I had my first hernia repair surgery while I was still on ECMO. My hole was about quarter size, which doesn’t sound big in an adult but I was a five pound baby with that size of hole. They used a mesh patch. I was able to come off ECMO shortly after my repair.  One month later I broke out of the NICU and got to go home! 

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3rd Annual Get Your Shine On Golf Tournament Fundraiser

The 3rd Annual “Get Your Shine On” Golf Tournament was held at The Pointe Golf and Event Center in Elk Point, SD on September 8, 2018.  The tournament is held in honor of Rae Ann Davis, daughter of Sydney and Garrett Davis of Burbank, SD.  Rae Ann lost her fight to CDH shortly after she was born due to a large lack of development of her diaphragm along with limited lung development. 

Get Your Shine On was created to honor her memory and serve as a time for fellowship, support and a chance to raise funds to aid in the research of CDH and to support families that have been affected.  This event has continued to grow over the years and has raised over $34,500 in total, including the $14,500 plus from this year alone. Last year a silent auction was added to the event, which is conducted live at the golf event and posted onto Facebook for those unable to attend.  They had 64 golfers take in the day out on the course and numerous supporters who enjoyed the day from the clubhouse patio. 

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