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

  • Reached over 6000 families and medical care providers in our membership
  • Awarded over $40,000 in CDH Research Grants
  • Sent out over 120 CDH HOPE Totebags
  • 2016 ACDHO CDH Conference in Paris bought together 5 charities
  • Published CDH Research Survey findings with Toronto Sick Kids at American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Congressman George Holding visits our office
  • Met with leader of the NICHD at the National Institutes of Health to discuss funding for CDH
  • Joined the Friends of NICHD charity alliance to further funding for child diseases and defects
  • Unanimous passing of resolution proclaiming April, 2016 Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Month in the U.S. Senate
  • Introduction of of resolution proclaiming April, 2016 Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Month into the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Gathered 48 state proclamations, bringing us to all 50 states proclaiming April 19th
  • Met with Congressmen on Capitol Hill
  • Dear Nicholas Sparks book published
  • Met with Nicholas Sparks
  • CHERUBS first book signing event
  • NFL NY Giants player Perry Williams visited our office
  • Bought on 2 new members of the Executive Board of Directors
  • Added 2 new members to the Medical Advisory Board
  • Represented CDH families at the 2016 American Pediatric Surgical Association Conference
  • Represented CDH families at the 2016 American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association Conference
  • Represented CDH families at the 2016 Global Rare Disease Conference
  • Started research projects with 3 CDH Research Centers
  • Charity of the 2016 American Mustang Car Show in Indianapolis
  • 2016 Combined Federal Campaign charity
  • Gave our first Live Facebook Videos
  • Gave over 25 speeches locally on CDH
  • Held the 2016 Masquerading Angels Ball
  • Participated in Leesburg Christmas Parade
  • Participated in Yucca Valley Christmas Parade
  • 1 new office intern
  • Held the 2016 Chris Leith Golf Tournament for CHERUBS
  • Golf Tournament in Atlanta launched new CDH foundation
  • Awareness Walk in Ontario, Canada
  • Reached over 28,000 Facebook Fans
  • Reached 75,000 posts on the CDH Forums
  • Awarded 9 Financial Assistance Grants to Families
  • Awarded 3 CDH Scholarships
  • Participated in National Children's Memorial Day
  • Participated in #GivingTuesday
  • 50/50 CDH Raffle for Research Contest
  • CHERUBS Vendor Event
  • April 19th - Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Action Day
  • Niagara Falls lit up for April 19th
  • Salt Lake Bees Baseball CDH Awareness Night
  • CDH Awareness Night with the Las Vegas 51's
  • Christmas with Kasey Golf Classic in Colorado
  • Jessy's Journey: 4th Annual CDH Walk/Bike/Run in Ohio
  • Lizzy's 10k Annual Walk for CHERUBS in Ontario, Canada
  • Teen Vocal Talent Showcase in Mississippi
  • Canada CDH Action Day Gathering
  • CHERUBS Pacific NW Families Strike Back Against CDH
  • CDH Awareness Night with the Potomac Nationals
  • CDH Action Day in Missouri
  • CDH Awareness Day and Get-Together in Ohio
  • Creative Canvas Fundraiser
  • One Hope Wine Fundraiser
  • Clark County Sale Fundraiser
  • Texas Roadhouse CDH Fundraiser
  • FedEx Ohio Fundraiser
  • CDH Action Day in Arizona
  • Stickin Up for CDH Fundraiser
  • My Premier Designs Fundraisr
  • Pampered Chef Fundraiser
  • Tastefully Simple Fundraiser
  • Metal Momma Fundraiser
  • Beach Glass Jewelry Fundraiser
  • Usborne Book Fundraiser
  • Keep Collective with Marisa Fundraiser
  • DollarDays Contest Winner
  • PECO Crown Lights in Philadelphia lit up for April 19th
  • Terminal Tower in Cleveland lit up for April 19th
  • Saint Louis Science Center's James S. McDonnell Planetarium lit up for April 19th
  • BC Place in British Columbia lit up for April 19th
  • Peace Bridge in Buffalo lit up for April 19th
  • Wells Fargo Duke Energy Center lit up for April 19th
  • Telus World of Science lit up for April 19th
  • Calcary Tower lit up for April 19th
  • CN Tower lit up for April 19th
  • WoodmenLife Tower lit up for April 19th
  • JL Tower in Anchorage lit up for April 19th
  • Brant Street Pier in Ontario lit up for April 19th
  • High Level Bridge in Edmonton lit up for April 19th
  • Eli's Run in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Kassidy's Kause Fundraiser
  • Storybook Birthdays Annual Costume Party Fundraiser in Mississippi
  • Night of Dinner and Dancing Fundraiser in Pennsylvania
  • CHERUBS Annual Ohio Picnic
  • Nathaniel Cummings Fundraiser
  • Melaeuca Fundraiser
  • Brady Thomas Golf Tournament
  • Justyce for Kids Fundraiser
  • Paint Nite Fundraiser
  • Gateway Men's Choir Benefit
  • Houston Spirit Night Fundraiser
  • Dress Down Fundraisers
  • Potomac Naitonals Fundraiser
  • Dixie Direct Savings Guide Fundraiser in Utah
  • CHERUBS Utah Picnic
  • Bravelets Fundraiser
  • Making Stride for CDH Fundraiser
  • Virtual Candles & Snowflakes Fundraiser
  • Virtual CDH Ribbons Fundraiser
  • Fetin 4 a Cause Fundraiser
  • Won 2016 Top-Rated NonProfit Award from GreatNonprofits.com
  • Won 2016 GuideStar Gold charity award

Join us in 2017 as we visit Capitol Hill in March and hold the International CDH Conference in Salt Lake City, along with many other local events.   

Stay tuned to our site and Facebook page for upcoming details!

Happy New Year from everyone at CHERUBS!

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.