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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Featured Volunteer: Melanie Hensley

Volunteer Melanie Hensley is our volunteer of the week.  Melanie is a member of our Welcoming Committee and volunteers anywhere else we need help with.  We appreciate her so much and are so happy she is a part of our team.  Melanie is the mom to 4 beautiful girls. 

Melanie Hensley is the mother of two CDH babies, both of whom grew their wings.

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Featured Cherub: Chris Cavalier

Our featured cherub of the week is Chris Cavalier.  Chris is a 32 year old survivor of CDH.  His CDH story can be found on his family’s website at http://ecmosurvivor.com.  A book about him has also been published and is available through Amazon and in stores at Barnes and Noble, the title is "Alive by Grace: A Mother's Story with a Message of Hope from Christopher.”

Here is an excerpt of Christopher’s story, written by his mom, Suzanne Cavalier:

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Featured Medical Staff: Dr. Kamlesh S. Macwan, MD, and RN’s Kristin Aigner and Lora Simonson

We would like to thank Dr. Kamlesh S. Macwan, MD, and RN’s Kristin Aigner and Lora Simonson with OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois, for Bringing Hope Around the World to our CDH Families! This wonderful doctor and nurses were brought to our attention by Terry King German, mom to cherub Skylar, “we can NEVER thank these angels on earth enough for saving the life of our sweet miracle, Skylar!!!!”

Dr. Macwan was known to many as the “magician of ventilators and the Yoda of CDH.”  CDH families and various OSF Staff recently said goodbye to Dr. Macwan at the CDH Family Picnic in September and celebrated his retirement. 

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2018 CDH International T-Shirt Design Contest Winner

The winner of the 2018 CDHi T-Shirt Design Contest is Tiffany Gordan!  Tiffany Gordan’s "CDH Lung Design" was voted the best design by CDH families.  Tiffany is the mom to CDH survivor, Holden.

Spread your love and support for CDH awareness wherever you go with this “CDH Lungs Design,” created by Tiffany. 

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News from CHERUBS

Featured Cherub: Sofia Marie Carman

Featured Cherub of the Week is Sofia Marie Carman, she is the daughter of Steve and Katie Carman. 

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CHERUBS Annual Blue Jays Get Together, April 27, 2019

Save the date!  The annual Blue Jays Get Together is scheduled for April 27, 2019. Canada International Representative, Amanda Plakholm, is in the process of organizing a CHERUBS Get Together for families at the Toronto Blue Jays game on Saturday, April 27, 2019. The game is at 3:07pm against the Oakland A's. This is the 5th annual Cherubs Blue Jays Game gathering, where CDH families and friends can come together to raise CDH Awareness. To reach Amanda please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Featured Cherub: Steven Hilario Lagunas

Featured cherub of the week is Steven Hilario Lagunas. He is the son of Berenice and Steven Lagunas. He fought so hard for 6 months, a warrior in every sense of the word.  From Steven's GoFundMe page, "Steven was a beautiful boy with a personality that shines brighter than the sun. His smile and his long eyelashes stole everyone’s heart. He smiled regardless of what he was going through. He truly is the strongest little boy we knew. Although our time with him was cut short he will be incredibly missed and loved forever. The time spent with him will forever be cherished."

The following is shared by cherub Steven's mom:

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2017 - News from CHERUBS

Featured Cherub: Sofia Marie Carman

Featured Cherub of the Week is Sofia Marie Carman, she is the daughter of Steve and Katie Carman. 

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CHERUBS Annual Blue Jays Get Together, April 27, 2019

Save the date!  The annual Blue Jays Get Together is scheduled for April 27, 2019. Canada International Representative, Amanda Plakholm, is in the process of organizing a CHERUBS Get Together for families at the Toronto Blue Jays game on Saturday, April 27, 2019. The game is at 3:07pm against the Oakland A's. This is the 5th annual Cherubs Blue Jays Game gathering, where CDH families and friends can come together to raise CDH Awareness. To reach Amanda please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Featured Cherub: Steven Hilario Lagunas

Featured cherub of the week is Steven Hilario Lagunas. He is the son of Berenice and Steven Lagunas. He fought so hard for 6 months, a warrior in every sense of the word.  From Steven's GoFundMe page, "Steven was a beautiful boy with a personality that shines brighter than the sun. His smile and his long eyelashes stole everyone’s heart. He smiled regardless of what he was going through. He truly is the strongest little boy we knew. Although our time with him was cut short he will be incredibly missed and loved forever. The time spent with him will forever be cherished."

The following is shared by cherub Steven's mom:

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