Featured Cherub: Liz Plakholm

Featured cherub of the week is Liz Plakholm. Liz is a 16 year old survivor of CDH. On June 18, 2018, Liz held her 6th Annual Walk for CHERUBS.  It was a huge success! She has raised more than $14,525 in total over those 6 years. Liz is the daughter to our Canada Representative, Amanda Plakholm. We appreciate both mom and daughter for all they do for CDH Awareness and volunteering for the charity. 

Amanda Plakholm wrote this about her daughter, Liz:

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New Product in Online Store: CDHi’s “Merry Christmas” Angel 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
 
 

Featured Volunteer: Sean Forney

Featured cherub of the week, is 21 year old, Sean Forney.  Sean is an amazing young man and we have enjoyed watching him grow up.  He is so intelligent, a wonderful photographer and knows so many facts.  If there is something you have a question on, ask Sean, for we are sure he will know the answer or would be happy to find the answer.  Sean’s mom, Heidi Forney, has been a volunteer at CHERUBS various times over those 21 years and helps so much with raising CDH Awareness.  This is her account of their CDH journey over the years, published on the forums at www.cdhboards.org

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Featured Doctor: Dr. Robert Lyle, MD

We would like to thank Dr. Robert Lyle, MD, at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (UAMS) for Bringing Hope Around the World to our CDH Families!  Dr. Lyle was brought to us by Angel Ray, mom to cherub Kaleb, and this is what she had to say, Dr Robet Lyle at Arkansas Children's Hospital/UAMS in Little Rock, AR, was wonderful through our whole journey from the time I was pregnant and he still loves to see us. My son is 12 now! He was our saving grace! He was always so encouraging and has done everything possible for our child. Here is a pic of my son meeting him again at 11 years old, he hadn't seen him since he was 5.

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Featured Volunteer: Amanda Dean

Featured volunteer of the week at CHERUBS is Amanda Dean.  Amanda is the International Representative for South Africa.  She not only supports our South Africa families, but is a source of support for our families all over the world.  We are so fortunate to have her on our volunteer team. 

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News from CHERUBS

Featured Cherub: Canyon Ryse Cason

Featured cherub of the week is Canyon Ryse Cason, born April 22, 2018, took a breath and went straight into the arms of the Lord, forever in our hearts.

His parents, Randi and Chris Cason, had this to share about their son:

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Featured Cherub: Tanner Kelly

Featured cherub of the week is Tanner Kelly, the son of Shaun and Justine Kelly.  Tanner will turn 3 on December 28th.

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Featured Cherub: Joshua Moran Lopez

Featured Cherub of the week is cherub Joshua Moran Lopez.  Joshua is the son of Sam and Jennifer Moran Lopez and has one brother, Jacob.  In honor of Joshua’s 10th birthday back in October, his mom put together a video of his life and to raise CDH Awareness. 

His mom wrote this message about the video she created for his birthday, “10 years ago, at this very time we were headed to Emanuel hospital for the birth of our first child! Something I had always dreamed of. Every parents dream come true! But for us, it was different. We were excited, but there were so many unknowns. I have to say, the second half of my pregnancy was very, very stressful. I cried every day, the fear that the doctors put in me that my son would not make it was very hard to comprehend. I was young, wanted so badly to be a mother, was carrying my first child, yet I didn’t even know if I would even get to bring him home with us. Leading up to this day, every day for four months it was all I could think about. I spent a lot of time on the internet looking up stories about other CDH babies. There were more sad stories than happy endings. I didn’t know what to think. I knew the only thing we could do was continue praying and trusting that God had a plan, in hopes that that plan was what I was hoping and praying it would be. Looking back on that day, even though I had been worrying all day every day, the day of a Joshua’s birth, I felt at peace, like everything was going to be okay. I trusted in God that He had it all under control. Looking back at that day, I really don’t think I ever worried or thought about the fact that he might not make it. I felt at peace that he was going to be okay.

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2017 - News from CHERUBS

Featured Cherub: Canyon Ryse Cason

Featured cherub of the week is Canyon Ryse Cason, born April 22, 2018, took a breath and went straight into the arms of the Lord, forever in our hearts.

His parents, Randi and Chris Cason, had this to share about their son:

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Featured Cherub: Tanner Kelly

Featured cherub of the week is Tanner Kelly, the son of Shaun and Justine Kelly.  Tanner will turn 3 on December 28th.

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Featured Cherub: Joshua Moran Lopez

Featured Cherub of the week is cherub Joshua Moran Lopez.  Joshua is the son of Sam and Jennifer Moran Lopez and has one brother, Jacob.  In honor of Joshua’s 10th birthday back in October, his mom put together a video of his life and to raise CDH Awareness. 

His mom wrote this message about the video she created for his birthday, “10 years ago, at this very time we were headed to Emanuel hospital for the birth of our first child! Something I had always dreamed of. Every parents dream come true! But for us, it was different. We were excited, but there were so many unknowns. I have to say, the second half of my pregnancy was very, very stressful. I cried every day, the fear that the doctors put in me that my son would not make it was very hard to comprehend. I was young, wanted so badly to be a mother, was carrying my first child, yet I didn’t even know if I would even get to bring him home with us. Leading up to this day, every day for four months it was all I could think about. I spent a lot of time on the internet looking up stories about other CDH babies. There were more sad stories than happy endings. I didn’t know what to think. I knew the only thing we could do was continue praying and trusting that God had a plan, in hopes that that plan was what I was hoping and praying it would be. Looking back on that day, even though I had been worrying all day every day, the day of a Joshua’s birth, I felt at peace, like everything was going to be okay. I trusted in God that He had it all under control. Looking back at that day, I really don’t think I ever worried or thought about the fact that he might not make it. I felt at peace that he was going to be okay.

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