How to help receive Government Funding for CDH Research

Visit Your Member of Congress

 

Meeting on Capitol Hill

Join us in Washington DC on March 30 - April 1, 2015 to speak directly to Senators and Congressmen about Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia.

We set up the meetings for you and train you on what to say.  It's very easy and by participating, you get to be a part of history.

Click here to register.

 

 

A Step by Step Guide to Meeting Locally

Meeting with your legislator in his or her office lets you convey your message about Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia face to face. Follow these steps to schedule an appointment and make the most of your meeting.

Step 1: Schedule an Appointment

Tips to schedule an appointment:

  • Call well in advance
  • Be prepared to be flexible
  • Be patient but persistent
  • Follow up
  • Say thank you
  • Plan to call the Member of Congress’ office well in advance of when you intend to meet with him/her.

Find your member of Congress. After you’ve looked up your member, click on their name to go to their website. Scroll to the bottom of their homepage and find the phone number for the office where you’d like to have your meeting.

Call your Member of Congress' office and ask to speak with the scheduler. To increase your chances of getting a meeting with your representative, try one of these lines:

“I’m a constituent, and I would really like to meet with the representative/senator to discuss how Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia has affected my life. Is there a date that he/she is available for this meeting?”

“I would really like to meet with the representative/senator while he/she is back from Washington to talk about Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. What date would work best for his/her schedule when he/she is back home?”

Follow up! Clarify the best way for the office to contact you about your meeting request. Call the office again to check the status of your meeting request. Keep contacting the office once a week until you are offered a firm meeting time.

Some offices may require that you put your request in writing in order to schedule a meeting. Use this sample meeting request letter if you are asked to provide a written request.

Step 2: Contact Us

Tell us when you schedule your meeting!

We’ll provide you with all the tools, training, and resources you’ll need to make your meeting a success.

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Step 3: Print Your Materials

Click here to find and print all of the handouts you’ll need for your meeting.

Step 4: Attend the Meeting 

When you meet with your Member of Congress, your job is simple — to inspire. Tell your Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia story — and remember, you’re the expert. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your meeting:

What to Share: 

How to Say It:

  • Be prepared — plan what you want to say
  • Keep it brief
  • Show up early and prepare to be flexible
  • Dress professionally
  • Leave handouts

Better to Leave Out:

  • Acronyms (like “CDH”, instead use “Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia”)
  • A mention of who you voted for


And don’t forget to let us know how it went!

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Step 5: Send a Thank You Letter

If your Member of Congress has taken the time to support Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, by meeting with you or sponsoring legislation which is VERY important, it is vital to say thank you.

Here’s a sample thank you letter.

 

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:

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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.

Read more...

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.

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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:

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...