CHERUBS New Family Assistance Fund

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CDH Family Assistance Fund – A majority of this fund will go to help families with travel expenses such as airline tickets and gas. It will not go to lodging because CHERUBS highly recommends the *free* lodging available at Ronald McDonald Houses. Families will submit confidential applications to assistance and a committee will consider each request.

Our goal is to make sure that all CDH families can afford to get to their cherub’s medical center and have a place to stay so that they can concentrate on their children instead of travel worries. We hope to assist a family through this fund by this fall.

The remaining small percentage of this fund will go to Gabe’s Gifts, a new program that helps new and expectant families by supplying them with items needed. This project will start by September, 2009!

  • $20 can cover 1 gift bag for a CDH family from Gabe’s Gifts
  • $20 can cover 1 family’s gas for a day
  • $50 will cover a gas card for a family going back and forth to the hospital
  • $500 can cover a plane ticket for 1 family member

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) occurs in approximately 1 in every 2,500 births (1,600 cases in the U.S. each year). The cause of CDH is not yet known. The diaphragm is formed in the first trimester of pregnancy and controls the lungs’ ability to inhale and exhale. CDH occurs when the diaphragm fails to form or to close totally and an opening allows abdominal organs into the chest cavity. This inhibits lung growth.

Every patient diagnosed with CDH is different. Survival rates depend on the types and number of organs involved in the herniation and the amount of lung tissue available. There are many surgical procedures and complications that may or may not occur with each individual, including in utero surgery.

Roughly 50% of babies born with CDH do not survive. Of the 50% that do survive, most will endure long hospital stays, feeding issues, asthma and other problems. A few of the survivors suffer from severe long-term medical issues.

CDH occurs as frequently as Spina Bifida and Cystic Fibrosis, yet there is very little research being done and virtually no media coverage.

http://www.firstgiving.com/cdhfamilyassistancefund

CHERUBS New CDH Family Support Fund

CDH Family Support Fund – this fund covers all support services, including our web sites, newsletters, conferences, New Member Packets, get-togethers and other general operating costs. CHERUBS does a lot for CDH families and the CDH community and we incur quite a few costs during so. Just 1 newsletter mailing is now over $3000 for printing and posting with so many members. Our conferences are also expensive. Our monthly expenses are several hundred dollars for ink, postage, web site hosting fees, fax number, etc. It takes a lot to fund an organization with almost 3000 members. Remember, no one at CHERUBS gets paid and we have no office so every penny directly helps CDH families. And all of our services are FREE so we do charge membership fees. Only 2% of our members donate annually so we depend on public donations quite a bit. And the occasional grant as well.

  • $1 will cover 1 2-pocket folder
  • $1 will cover 1 copy of our Parent Reference Guide
  • $5 will cover 1 newsletter printing and US postage
  • $10 will cover 1 New Member Packet
  • $50 will cover our annual non-profit state registration fee
  • $50 will cover envelope costs for 1 year
  • $50 will cover our volunteer software for 1 month
  • $100 will cover staples, paper clips, glue, etc for 1 year
  • $100 will sponsor 1 hospital with CDH info for 1 year
  • $125 will cover web site hosting fees for 1 month
  • $300 will cover 1 local get-together
  • $400 will cover printing 5000 brochures
  • $500 will cover outside programming fees
  • $2000 will cover non-newsletter postage fees for 1 year
  • $3000 will cover 1 newsletter printing and mailing
  • $5000 will cover 1 international member conference

CHERUBS Wish List

CHERUBS subsists off of donations. Though we are trying, we currently are not receiving any grant funding and all donations go to help us continue our work in research and offering services and information to families and medical-care providers of children born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. We are run strictly by volunteers, no one gets paid for working for CHERUBS, so every penny of your donation will directly help families. CHERUBS is an IRS recognized 501(c) Non-Profit Organization and all donations are tax-deductible.

Monetary Donations
Printing Sponsors
Event Sponsors
Adopt A Hospital Sponsors
Volunteers
2-pocket folders
Postage Stamps
Printing Paper
CDH Awareness Ribbon Pins
Copies of “Stories of Cherubs”
CDH Education Posters
CDH Awareness Bracelets
Journals / Notepads*
Baby Booties*
Baby Blankets / Quilts*
Baby Caps / Hats*
White / Natural Cotton Tote Bags*
Chapsticks*
Small bottles of lotion*
Small bottles of hand sanitizer*
Travel Kleenex*
Disposable Cameras*
Pens*
Newborn Button up T-Shirts*
Restaurant Vouchers*
Gas Cards*
Kid’s Books*
Puzzle Books*

*for Gabe’s Gifts bags for new and expectant parents

If you can donate any of these items, please send them to:

CHERUBS
3650 Rogers Rd. #270.
Wake Forest, NC 27587
USA

Donations are tax-deductible and much appreciated to help us continue to help CDH families!

“Our Heartbreaking Choices” by Christie Brooks

“Our Heartbreaking Choices”
by Christie Brooks, mom to cherub Madison Brooks

Pregnancies aren’t always perfect. Prenatal testing can reveal life-threatening issues with the baby’s health, which can leave a parent contemplating the unthinkable- ending the pregnancy. Christie Brooks, a CHERUBS member, made the heartbreaking decision to interrupt her pregnancy in 2003 when her baby was diagnosed in utero with a left-sided diaphragmatic hernia. Through online support networks she was able to connect with other mothers who made the same agonizing decision, but for a variety of different anomalies. Together they put their stories in a book and self-published it last October. The book, “Our Heartbreaking Choices,” contains the personal stories of 46 women who interrupted their much-wanted pregnancies for medical reasons. The purpose of the book was to share their stories in the hopes of helping other parents who have undergone a similar loss to feel less alone, less isolated, and less stigmatized.

This book is available on Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/Our-Heartbreaking-Choices-Interrupting-Much-Wanted/dp/0595530478

**CHERUBS is not a pro-life or pro-choice organization. Our mission is to help all CDH families and make sure that they have all the information that they need to make informed choices

CHERUBS “Adopt A Hospital” Program

Would you like to help families affected by Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia? Would you like to do something in honor or in memory of a cherub? CHERUBS has created a new program that will soon be helping CDH families across the country.

There are 2 options to our Adopt A Hospital program:

Adoption Plan #1 – You order / print out the list of items below and take them to the hospital. You also become a CHERUBS Hospital Ambassdor for new CDH families at that hospital and you periodically refurnish the materials.

Adoption Plan #2 – You make a $100 donation to CHERUBS and we order and put together the materials and send them to the hospital in honor / memory of your cherub.

CHERUBS Adopt A Hospital Care Package Includes:

1 copy of “Stories of Cherubs” Volume I
1 copy of “Stories of Cherubs” Volume II
1 CDH awareness poster
20 Parent Reference Guides
50 CHERUBS CDH Info Brochures
50 CDH Awareness Ribbon Pins
10 copies of our latest newsletter

Each item (except the CDH ribbon pins) is labeled with a sticker that says “Donated in honor of ________” or “Donated in memory of _________”

These items are then available to all CDH parents admitted into these hospitals. Upon joining CHERUBS, new parents will soon receive more information and support through our Gabe’s Gifts program.

These items are an invaluable source of support and information for families affected by Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. Because there are so many hospitals, CHERUBS cannot possibly afford to donate to all hospitals and we are inviting our members and the general public to help us to help CDH families.

If you would like to Adopt A Hospital, please contact us at volunteer@cherubs-cdh.org

Resources for Families Dealing With Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

I’ve been told today in several ways that our resources are hard to find – since so many new and expectant families had no idea we offer so much! So I wanted to make a list of what we offer and a link to the services to make it easier:

Our Web Site – more information about CDH than anywhere on the net with 1000’s of pages! http://www.cdhsupport.org

All About CDH – information, diagrams, videos and more. http://www.cdhsupport.org/cdh/index.php

CDH Forums for Families – over 100 posts each day, 100’s of topics. Get advice, help, info and support 24/7 from parents who have been in your shoes. Membership is FREE and it is all confidential. http://www.cdhsupport.org/members

CDH Parent Reference Guide – simple, easy to understand information on CDH written for parents whose babies were newly diagnosed. http://cdhsupport.org/members/dload.php?action=file&file_id=32

CDH Brochure – in 4 different languages http://cdhsupport.org/members/dload.php?action=category&cat_id=10

CDH Research – research library, survey results and coming very, very soon an interactive CDH research survey for parents and researchers http://www.cdhresearch.org

Newsletters full of stories, news and much more –http://cdhsupport.org/newsletter/

International CDH Conference – members from several organizations and CDH researchers coming together http://www.cdhconference.org

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Day – May 17, 2009 http://cdhsupport.org/members/portal.php?topic_id=3012

CDH Events – tons and tons of events and get-togethers and fundraisers around the world http://cdhsupport.org/members/viewforum.php?f=184

State & International Representatives – find local support. http://www.cdhsupport.org/volunteers/reps.php

On-Call Parents – need to talk to someone? They are on-call for you. http://www.cdhsupport.org/volunteers/oncall.php

Videos of Cherubs – dozens of videos of cherubs, events, and more. http://www.youtube.com/user/cdhsupport

CDH Photo Albums – 100’s of photos of children and adults born with CDH http://cdhsupport.org/members/album.php

CHERUBS Adopt A Hospital Program – help us to help families around the world by adopting a hospital to provide materials to for new CDH families http://cdhsupport.org/members/portal.php?topic_id=3013

Our Bloghttp://cdhsupport.blogspot.com

Free On-Line Albums for CDH Familieshttp://cdhsupport.org/members/album_personal_index.php

Free Blogs for CDH Families – keep your family and friends updated with these free blogs on our CDH informational site so they can also research! http://cdhsupport.org/members/weblogs.php

CDH Blog Ring – group of CDH blogs written by parents http://www.ringsworld.com/cdhblogsring/home.html#2

CDH Awareness Ticker – drop by and see how many babies have been born with CDH since 2000 as a new baby is diagnosed every 6 minutes somewhere in the world. http://cdhsupport.blogspot.com/2009/04/over-half-million-babies-born-with.html

Research Library – add your links or view the links of others to CDH research articles and sites. http://cdhsupport.org/members/links.php

Personalized CDH Awareness Ribbon – Order a personalized ribbon with your cherub’s name, date(s) and photo – send them to ribbons@cherubs-cdh.org

“Stories of Cherubs” Vol. I & II – full of stories of 100’s of families who have dealt with CDH http://www.cafepress.com/cherubs/6191951

CDH Calender – featuring 100’s of faces of children born with CDH http://www.cafepress.com/cherubs.337095355

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Items – including Clothes, Bibs, Maternity Shirts, Totes, Journals, Posters, Hats, and much, much, much more – http://www.cafepress.com/cherubs

CDH Awareness Ribbon Car Magnetshttp://www.supportourribbons.com/m/160153 Also available in a larger size

CDH Awareness Ribbon Buttons – just 18 cents each!!!! http://cdhsupport.org/members/viewtopic.php?t=3001

CDH Awareness Bracelets – pink, blue and yellow silicone bracelets that say “CDH Awareness” http://cdhsupport.org/members/viewtopic.php?t=2436&start=165

CDH Awareness Postage Stampshttp://www.zazzle.com/cherubs

CDH Awareness Mailing Labels – download and print for free! http://cdhsupport.org/members/dload.php?action=category&cat_id=17

Random Acts of Kindness CDH Awareness Cards – there is no nicer way to raise awareness! http://cdhsupport.org/members/dload.php?action=file&file_id=85

CHERUBS Facebook Group – talk to other CDH parents on Facebook http://apps.facebook.com/causes/44070/11273893?m=6d54c0aa

CHERUBS Myspace Page – talk to other CDH parents on Myspace http://www.myspace.com/diaphragmatichernia

More Downloadable Info – info on where donations go, our non-profit paperwork, older newsletters, event brochures and more! http://cdhsupport.org/members/dload.php

This is just a small list of what we offer and doesn’t even include most of our awareness activities and projects. Drop on by our site and take a look at how CHERUBS has been helping families deal with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia for 14 years.

Cherubs Who Recently Received Their Wings

The following cherubs recently received their wings since our last newsletter. Please keep their families in your thoughts and prayers!

Virginia “Addison” Acord
Layla Mae Burket
Caleb Ray Cox
Grayton Karleigh Creekbaum
Hannah Alysabeth D.
Ava Rose Daher
Nicholas Robert Doades
Jack Arthur Dowling
Connie Katherine Evans
Kaden Michael Ferguson
Kaitlynn Rene Foret
Brandon Christian Frush
Gwendolynn Leigh Glover
Callie Grace Gould
Anika Faith Guertin
Celeste M Hall
Jessica Howell
Ryan Heustess Inman
Kaden Alex Kuehl
Kaylie Kathryn Marczak
Jacob Travis Meyerson
Maxwell Christopher Mocahbee
Audrey Aileen Monreal
Jacob Alexander Morrison
Jack Joseph Nelson
Emadeane Rose Owen
Corben Hudson Blake Paone
Jadyn Ryanne Paxton
Vito Robert Pensavecchia
Devin Scott Person
Brandon Daniel Peterson
Bryan Taylor Piazza
Kayla Nicole Rubio
Isaac James Santimaw
Anthony Bryce Smith
Dylan Joel Smith
Marley Jane Steingass
Nicholas Walter Treska

**this is only a list of those cherubs whose parents gave us permission to publish their names. It also includes cherubs whose parents just joined our organization in the last 4 months.

Please help us to raise Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness and Research so that someday soon no more babies will be lost to CDH.