Save the Cherubs

   Cherubs are everywhere. They are your next door neighbor's new baby. The little girl on the swing set at the park. The teenager that sits behind your son in high school geometry class. The person behind you in the grocery store line. Their scars are hidden under clothes, their stories a bit sad and taboo to talk about - so the miracles are not seen with the naked eye and you have probably mistaken a cherub for a "normal" person many times. But they are there; walking miracles with invisible wings. And missing babies that belong to the grieving parents who you don't see grieve; your local bank teller, the man who held a door for you at the gas station, the old woman who drove the car in front of you at the stop light this morning. Cherubs are everywhere.

   Unless you have been affected personally by CDH, you probably have never heard of it. The mission of "Save the Cherubs" is to make Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia a phrase everyone knows how to say and everyone knows what it means. By raising awareness, we hope to raise research funds to save these babies - Save the Cherubs.

Be a Model for Save the Cherubs

Volunteer Photographer FAQ


 

Participating in "Save the Cherubs"

Who can participate?
  Any members of CHERUBS, including both survivors and families of non-survivors. Siblings and other family members are welcome to be extras in the background of the photos.  If you are not yet a member of CHERUBS, you can Join Today.

 

Will it cost me anything to participate?
  Not at all except for a few hours of your time and maybe a little gas to drive to a photo shoot location. 

 

Does Everyone need release forms?
  Yes, everyone who is in the photo needs to sign a model release form

 

Do I have to buy special clothes for the photo shoot?
  No, models will wear every day clothes. We ask that models do *not* wear white clothing so the wings will be more visable. Wings will be provided either by the photographer or loaned out by CHERUBS.

 

How long will it take to schedule a photo shoot?
  If we can easily find a photographer in your area, about 2 weeks. It may take longer if it is harder to find a volunteer photographer.

 

I know a photographer who will take my cherub's photograph. Can I use him or her?
Sure, if he / she will agree to do this shoot and sign the necessary paperwork to do so. 

 

Will I get copies of the photographs after the shoot?
  Yes, the photographer will send you no less than 10 photographs for your own personal use. He / she may also sell prints to you if you both agree to do so. 

 

Can I post these photos on-line?
  Only for personal use (on your blog, etc). However, you MUST give credit to the photographer and it would be nice if you gave the Save the Cherubs campaign credit as well.

 

Aren't these my photos to do anything that I want to with?
  No, they are not. Copyrights belong to the photographers and we must respect that. CHERUBS has permission to use the photographs for this campaign. As a model, or guardian of a model, you have the right use these photos for personal reasons only. You cannot sell them, print them to distribute, use them in any other campaign, etc. 

 

How do I get the local media to participate?
  Call, e-mail, write - be persistant! This campaign IS a big deal! CDH Awareness is a newsworthy event! If you sent your e-mails / letters and didn't hear back within a week - call them!  

 

I want to see my child on a billboard!
  How do I do that? Contact your local billboard company (the phone number is usually listed at the bottom of billboards) and ask them to donate space! 

News from CHERUBS

Featured Volunteer: Josh Hensley

Josh Hensley is the father of two CDH babies, both of whom grew their wings.  It is hard to put into words how important this person is to the charity. Back in October 2010, this individual sent CHERUBS an email interested in being a volunteer with CHERUBS. Having lost two children to CDH, this member wrote in this email that he felt immense responsibility to “wage war” on CDH. His wife and he wanted to set up a CDH awareness tree at the festival of trees for Primary Children’s Hospital that year and wanted CHERUBS to be a part of it. From there, the rest is history. Josh Hensley is currently the Research Director at CDHi and has held many volunteer positions at CHERUBS since late 2010. He has traveled the world raising awareness and continues to wage war against CDH and we know he will not quit until that war is won. He has been a voice of reason throughout the years, for we don’t get much Dad point of views on our volunteer team. He is a one of kind man, has a big heart and is out there in the trenches fighting to put an end to CDH. Josh and his wife Melanie are the proud parents of 4 girls. Today, we thank Josh for all he does for CDH International and CHERUBS, his passion in wanting to wage war on CDH and his desire to help all families that are affected by CDH.

Read more...

Featured Cherub: Phoebe Kleensang

Featured cherub of the week is 5 year old Phoebe Kleensang.  Phoebe is the daughter of Megan and Aaron Kleensang.  Cherub Phoebe is a fighter and such an inspiration to many!

This is Phoebe’s story, written by her mom Megan:

Read more...

New Product in Online Store: CDHi’s “Merry Christmas Around the World” Ornament

Spread CDH Awareness with holiday cheer with one of our official CDHi Christmas ornaments! These ceramic ornaments attach securely to the tree to ensure that they’re both cat and child-proof.

.: One-sided printing
.: Golden string included for hanging
.: White ceramic

 

 
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2017 - News from CHERUBS

Featured Volunteer: Josh Hensley

Josh Hensley is the father of two CDH babies, both of whom grew their wings.  It is hard to put into words how important this person is to the charity. Back in October 2010, this individual sent CHERUBS an email interested in being a volunteer with CHERUBS. Having lost two children to CDH, this member wrote in this email that he felt immense responsibility to “wage war” on CDH. His wife and he wanted to set up a CDH awareness tree at the festival of trees for Primary Children’s Hospital that year and wanted CHERUBS to be a part of it. From there, the rest is history. Josh Hensley is currently the Research Director at CDHi and has held many volunteer positions at CHERUBS since late 2010. He has traveled the world raising awareness and continues to wage war against CDH and we know he will not quit until that war is won. He has been a voice of reason throughout the years, for we don’t get much Dad point of views on our volunteer team. He is a one of kind man, has a big heart and is out there in the trenches fighting to put an end to CDH. Josh and his wife Melanie are the proud parents of 4 girls. Today, we thank Josh for all he does for CDH International and CHERUBS, his passion in wanting to wage war on CDH and his desire to help all families that are affected by CDH.

Read more...

Featured Cherub: Phoebe Kleensang

Featured cherub of the week is 5 year old Phoebe Kleensang.  Phoebe is the daughter of Megan and Aaron Kleensang.  Cherub Phoebe is a fighter and such an inspiration to many!

This is Phoebe’s story, written by her mom Megan:

Read more...

New Product in Online Store: CDHi’s “Merry Christmas Around the World” Ornament

Spread CDH Awareness with holiday cheer with one of our official CDHi Christmas ornaments! These ceramic ornaments attach securely to the tree to ensure that they’re both cat and child-proof.

.: One-sided printing
.: Golden string included for hanging
.: White ceramic