So you say you just want to raise CDH Awareness? Here’s a challenge for you! ;)


Don’t care what group does what to who?

Don’t want to know the details or drama of what’s going on?

Don’t want to hear about other problems when you have enough of your own dealing with your CDH baby or grief?

Don’t care about lawsuits, threats, perjury, audits, blah, blah, blah….?

You just want to raise as much CDH Awareness as possible?!!!

That’s ok!!!!!!! 🙂 In fact, that’s GREAT!!!!!

That means that you will want to be a part of May 17th since it’s for ALL organizations and CDH families and you truly want to just raise awareness!!!!!! 😉

http://cdhsupport.org/awareness/cdhday.php

It’s not about one group, one person or even raising money. It’s about raising CDH awareness!!! It’s about saying a prayer (or making a wish) for the end of CDH. Because that’s the goal, isn’t it?

* You don’t have to go anywhere *
* You don’t have to spend any money *

Just say a prayer (or making a wish) for the end of CDH and tell at least 1 person about CDH. That’s it! How easy is that? (You can do more if you wish – visit the link for details!)

No drama. ALL organizations can participate! No trademarks. No one has to ask permission to join in. No one has to pay anyone for anything. Use the ribbon as much as you want. Sell it on anything you want for any group you want – we don’t care!!! Just raise CDH awareness!! 🙂

Too many babies are dying from CDH. Too many families are devastated. Drama and politics and money should not be stopping awareness if that’s what’s needed to help these children!

So how can you possibly say no? 😉

I hope to see everyone participating in this amazing day for these babies!!!!! 😀

Please join the event and invite your family and friends!!!!

http://cdhsupport.org/awareness/cdhday.php

CHERUBS IRS Audit

CHERUBS met with an IRS agent this week who audited our books and accounts. We spent 2 days going over every financial detail and all our books and they found we’re doing nothing wrong.

On another positive note, the IRS agent got a hefty dose of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness! 🙂

We appreciate the support and faith of all of our members and the entire CDH community and hope that this slander is finally laid to rest.

“Truth is generally the best vindication against slander” – Abraham Lincoln

“Slander cannot destroy an honest man – when the flood recedes the rock is there” – Chinese proverb

“Slander is the revenge of a coward, and dissimulation his defense” – Author unknown

The University of Maryland Center for Advanced Fetal Care

Legal Happenings At CHERUBS

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to update you on CHERUBS legal happenings….

CHERUBS had a pro bono attorney for the personal restraining order I had to take out against Elizabeth at Breath of Hope in 2006 I believe. Long story, not going into that as that’s not what this post is about.

CHERUBS had 3 pro bono lawyers from 2 law firms helping us on the trademark and a few additional tossing us advice here and there. HUGE help! But 1 law firm doesn’t have the manpower to give us anymore and the other is about to take over a much bigger project for us.

So that leaves me to deal with the trademark issue legal stuff alone. And to be honest, I have no clue what I’m doing. The stress of having 1000’s of people depend on me and CHERUBS to protect Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness is enormous. I don’t want to mess this up. I need help. If you know of a trademark attorney who will help us, please let me know. They can be in any state as this is a federal issue. Please help if you can – these babies deserve to have the best representation to protect their rights. I am not that person to do that job, I am not qualified and I will not post that I am a legal expert or I am so intelligent that I don’t need a lawyer. I am bound to make some mistakes doing this alone (well, not alone – our Board is a huge help!), but we cannot afford to make mistakes. Taking on a trademark is not a small thing at all. This trademark is a huge ordeal, one that has to be stopped.

So that leads me to another notice. I will be taking down the timeline for a while. I will not be posting about any legal issues. I will no longer be keeping you updated on Elizabeth’s attacks or false allegations, slander, filings against CHERUBS with various agencies, etc. If you want updates on the trademark, you can go through the petition site to see the updates at the USPTO. Why, you ask?

For the first 3 years all this was going on, we kept quiet about it. Ignoring it did not help matters, it only enabled her and made her bolder. It got worse, so much worse that the restraining order was filed.

Then we went public, because other CDH parents were now being attacked and Elizabeth was filing accusations to try to have CHERUBS shut down. That was 2 years ago. You all have been pretty updated since.

But now, I am stepping back on the legal stuff and handing it all over to our new 2 pro bono lawyers to deal with. Whatever they deem necessary to do to stop the attacks, they have our blessing. Any court proceedings, filings, government intervention, criminal charges, etc – they have our blessing. 5 years of this is enough. It’s time to deal with this all once and for all and let the CDH community have some peace. We can’t thank our new lawyers enough, they are angels to help the CDH community this way!!!

And we can get back to supporting families dealing with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia and stop dealing with all Elizabeth’s drama and attacks. Too many CDH parents were put under the impression that CHERUBS is only about drama and stopping Elizabeth. That couldn’t be farther from the truth…. our site is drama free, we offer dozens of free services, the most CDH information on the net and with over 2700 families we offer the most support! 🙂 We’ve been here for 14 years with only one goal – helping families affected by CDH.

Now, we still have the trademark issue to deal with!!! I am still working on that video and we will release it this week. At the least, it will raise awareness! But we still need a lawyer! If you know a lawyer or you really want to help and just call lawyers and ask them to help us…. we would appreciate it so much!!!

2009 Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness, Events, Fundraiser and more at CHERUBS

Our latest issue of our newsletter will be out in a few weeks but I wanted to let you know about all the activities we have going on at CHERUBS! 2009 is a very, very busy year here with events going on around the world, including our 2009 International Member Conference in San Antonio, TX in July. I hope to see you all there!

March, 2009

March 16, Texas Bake Sale – Corpus Christi, TX. You can reach Melissa at 361-288-4698. http://txcherubs.wordpress.com/

March 28, Oakland Academy in Portage, MI Spring Carnival fundraiser. You can reach Amy at ame_amers@hotmail.com

Friends of Faith Book Drive – Michigan (but you can participate from anywhere). You can reach Amy at ame_amers@hotmail.com

April, 2009

Michigan JayCee’s Event – Contact Darcy for more info or Barb at bwagner@cherubs-cdh.org

CHERUBS UK Pub Crawl – April 11, Melanie Parsons http://www.facebook.com/event.php?sid=5b487216f38310cadf3be1f4321ad462&eid=71341216080

North Carolina Get-Together – in Raleigh, NC. Informal Chuck E. Cheese get-together for local NC families and to help plan the various NC events we have going on! You can reach Dawn at dawn.williamson@cherubs-cdh.org or 919-690-0129 http://nccherubs.wordpress.com/

May, 2009

Grayton’s Glory 5K Run – May 9 in Alabama. You can reach Leigh for more information at leigh.creekbaum@ubs.com

Michigan Member Bowl-a-Thon – May 17 in Flint, Michigan. You can reach Barb at bwagner@cherubs-cdh.org or 810-845-8480

Day of Prayer for CDH – May 17 around the world! You can reach Dawn at dawn.williamson@cherubs-cdh.org or 919-690-0129

North Carolina Walk for Cherubs – May 17 in Raleigh, NC. You can reach Dawn at dawn.williamson@cherubs-cdh.org or 919-690-0129. http://nccherubs.wordpress.com/

NC Balloon Release for Cherubs – May 17 in Raleigh, NC. You can reach Dawn at dawn.williamson@cherubs-cdh.org or 919-690-0129. http://nccherubs.wordpress.com/

CHERUBS Ebay Auctions – around the world. You can reach Dawn at dawn.williamson@cherubs-cdh.org or 919-690-0129

June, 2009

2009 UK Conference – in Great Britain. You can reach Brenda at blane@cherubs-cdh.org or 0800 731 6991. http://www.uk-cherubs.org.uk/

Pennsylvania Get-Together – You can reach Kate at kcrawford@cherubs-cdh.org or 412-414-7073. http://pacherubs.wordpress.com/

July, 2009

Shelby’s Summertime CHERUBS Celebration – July 11 in Indiana, contact Stephanie Olivarez at solivarez@cherubs-cdh.org

2009 International Member Conference – July 22-25, San Antonio, Texas! You can reach Dawn at dawn.williamson@cherubs-cdh.org or 919-690-0129. http://www.cherubsconference.org

August, 2009

Ohio Get-Together – in Columbus, OH. You can reach Tara at thall@cherubs-cdh.org or 614-275-0858. http://cherubs-ohio.wordpress.com/

September, 2009

Jeremiah’s Car Show – in Columbus, Ohio. You can reach Sarah at sdeskins@cherubs-cdh.org or 419-512-3446. http://cherubs-ohio.wordpress.com/

October, 2009

2009 Australia Conference – in Australia. You can reach Danielle at dkessner@cherubs-cdh.org or 03 5135 6999. http://www.cdh.org.au/

New England Get-Together – in Salem, Massachusetts. You can reach Corin at cnava@cherubs-cdh.org or 401-524-9182. http://newenglandcherubs.wordpress.com/

Gabe’s Bowl-a-Thon – in Cranston, RI. You can reach Corin at cnava@cherubs-cdh.org or 401-524-9182. http://newenglandcherubs.wordpress.com/

CHERUBS Masquerade Angel Ball – October 30, 2009 at Duke Gardens in Durham, NC. You can reach Dawn at dawn.williamson@cherubs-cdh.org or 919-690-0129. http://www.cherubsangelball.org

December, 2009

National Children’s Memorial Day – December 13, 2009 at 7:00 pm around the world

New England Truffle Sale – in Rhode Island. You can reach Corin at cnava@cherubs-cdh.org or 401-524-9182. http://newenglandcherubs.wordpress.com/

January, 2010

Shannon Crawford CDH Spaghetti Dinner – January 16, 2010 in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania. You can reach Kate at kcrawford@cherubs-cdh.org or 412-414-7073. http://pacherubs.wordpress.com/

Blood Drive in Memory of Shane Torrence – January 28, 2010 in Wake Forest, NC. You can reach Dawn at dawn.williamson@cherubs-cdh.org or 919-690-0129. http://nccherubs.wordpress.com/

February, 2010

Valentine’s Day Cherubs Fundraiser – February 14, 2010 around the world. You can reach Dawn at dawn.williamson@cherubs-cdh.org or 919-690-0129

April, 2010

CHERUBS Golf Tournament – Wake Forest, NC. You can reach Dawn at dawn.williamson@cherubs-cdh.org or 919-690-0129. http://www.cherubsgolftournament.org

July, 2010

2010 International Member Conference in San Francisco, California. You can reach Dawn at dawn.williamson@cherubs-cdh.org or 919-690-0129. http://www.cherubsconference.org

October, 2010

CHERUBS Masquerade Angel Ball – October 29, 2009 at Duke Gardens in Durham, NC. You can reach Dawn at dawn.williamson@cherubs-cdh.org or 919-690-0129. http://www.cherubsangelball.org

Videos of Cherubs – Paige Trinity Marie Masson

Formal Letter to Breath of Hope, Inc. Requesting End To CDH Awareness Trademark

On February 24, 2009, the following letter was sent to the Board Members of Breath of Hope, Incorporated. It is our formal attempt to end this trademark issue peacefully and to request that their organization do what is best for all families affected by Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia.

This is our effort to resolve this particular issue and end this trial and to save the entire CDH Community 2 years of USPTO trial dates and to use our time and resources to better help CDH families.

The trademark trial is continuing, and will go forward, unless Breath of Hope, Inc. decides to resolve this issue.

What happens next is up to Breath of Hope, Inc and it’s Board Members.

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Ms. Doyle-Propst,

This communication is only for mediation purposes of attempting to resolve the “Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness” trademark issue. For the sake of having a peaceful dialog, we will keep this letter to the point and not comment on any other issues. We hope that you can do the same and help us to find a realistic and positive solution to this trademark issue.

The trademark on “Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness” has been extremely detrimental to the entire CDH community. The “pinkwashing” excuse has failed to give any valid reasoning of why Breath of Hope, Inc. has filed the trademark on “Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness”. The idea that anyone could own “Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness” has deeply angered the majority of the CDH community, as it has hindered Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness itself. Nothing good has, or could, come from this. It is our sincere hope that you will do what is best for the entire CDH community and remove this trademark.

CHERUBS, and several other CDH organizations, do not feel that we should have to ask permission from you or Breath of Hope, Inc. to use a common term that we all use daily. To ask us, CDH families and researchers, to do so can and will only hinder progress of spreading Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness. If you have not already read the comments at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/cdhawareness we would like to ask you to do so. You can also read the comments at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=56377210497.

Over 5700 CDH families, survivors, friends, pediatric surgeons, nurses and others have asked to stop this trademark – including many members of Breath of Hope, Inc (with some being past board members). It is from this group that we will pull witnesses that will tell the United States Patent and Trademark Office that “Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness” is a common term.

On behalf of myself, CHERUBS and 1000’s of CDH families and medical staff, I would like to formally ask you to drop the trademark on “Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness”. We all hope to work together to reach an agreement and better the CDH community.

If you agree to do so, we will agree to refrain from filing a Petition to Cancel on the “Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Day” trademark, even though we believe that every CDH family should have the right to participate without asking permission, being threatened or forced to give funds to Breath of Hope, Inc. We are all aware of your desire to own and control “Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Day” from other CDH organizations and, as an olive branch, are willing to allow the trademark for the day in lieu of the trademark on “Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness” itself.

As always, all CHERUBS wants is for CDH families to have the support and information that they need, and to encourage Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia awareness and research. We understand that this is the goal of all CDH organizations. We ask that you will reconsider this trademark and focus on doing what’s right for families affected by Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, and furthering the support that Breath of Hope, Inc gives. It is not our wish to hurt you or Breath of Hope, Inc. We simply have asked for this trademark to be canceled and the term “Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness” returned to the community who has been affected by Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia.

Sincerely,
Dawn M. Williamson
President & Founder


CHERUBS – The Association of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research, Awareness and Support
3650 Rogers Rd, #290, Wake Forest, NC 27587
919-610-0129
815-425-9155 Fax
CC – CHERUBS Parent Advisory Board, Breath of Hope, Inc. Board Members, United States Patent & Trademark Office File
BCC – CHERUBS Legal Team, CHERUBS Medical Advisory Board, Members of The Alliance of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Organizations