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 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 CDH Research Fund

CDH Research FundCDH Research Fund – to pay for the $1000 a year cost of research database hosting and to raise money for research organizations such as the International CDH Study Group – unless a request is made to go a specific hospital. The CDH Study Group is a collective group of over 30 hospitals around the world specializing in CDH research. We chose to support groups like this one because we know that every cent will go directly to research on Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia and research will be brooder and more advanced when collaborating with dozens of hospitals and researchers together.

CDH Research Site – funds for the software needed to create and maintain secure database hosting for our CDH research database. This database includes information on over 2400 CDH patients and medical care providers – offering a very unique opportunity to research the cause, prevention and best medical treatments for Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. Such software and off-site security that is needed for an undertaking this large costs approximately $1000 per year (thanks to a grant from QuestionPro). Rather than take funds out of our very small operating cost budget, we are appealing to members and the public to help fund this research venture. Site maintence, design and statistics is being done for free by volunteers. $1000 per year is needed solely for the database design and secure hosting, which is needed to follow federal privacy and HIPPA laws.

www.cdhresearch.org

This web site is a project of CHERUBS – The Association of Congenital DIaphragmatic Hernia Research, Awareness and Support. It is supported by volunteers and funding through CHERUBS, a 501(c)III Non-Profit Organization. Donations and sponsorships are greatly encouraged and appreciated to help keep this CDH Reseach site continuing, growing and leading the search for the cause and prevention of CDH. CHERUBS Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research Survey is the combined efforts of over 2000 CDH families and medical professionals. It takes information on the medical, family and exposure histories of CDH patients and compares data to look for the cause, prevention and better treatement of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. Participation is voluntary, anonymous and free to all CDH families and medical staff. Data can be tabulated live for research and reference purposes.

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) is a birth defect that occurs when the diaphragm does not fully form, allowing organs to enter the chest cavity preventing lung growth. CDH strikes 1 in every 2500 babies, of all races, religious backgrounds, and financial status – no matter how well the prenatal care.

Nearly 4 million babies are born in the United States each year. This means that approximately 1600 babies are born with CDH each year – in the U.S. alone! There are more babies born with CDH than with Cystic Fibrosis (1 in 3900) and it’s almost as common as Spina Bifida (7 in 10,000) – yet, you probably have never heard of it until it affected someone that you love. CHERUBS is working hard to raise Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness!

The cause of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia is not yet known.

50% of babies born with CDH do not survive and sometimes the remaining 50% have to overcome very difficult medical complications. Many CDH babies have minor lasting health problems such as feeding aversions, asthma, scoliosis, or short-term oxygen dependency. A small number have major lasting health problems such as ventilator dependency, brain damage, or hearing problems. Many patients have no long-lasting medical problems at all other than a scar from the CDH repair. CDH can occur alone or with other birth defects, and rarely, it occurs as part of a syndrome.


CHERUBS New CDH Scholarship Fund

CDH Scholarship Fund – for CDH survivors and siblings. Families can raise money to give scholarships in honor / memory of their cherubs.

We hope to award our first scholarship in 2010.

An application form will be posted soon.

http://www.cdhsupport.org/donate/scholarshipfund.php

CHERUBS New CDH Awareness Fund

CDH Awareness Fund – this fund will help raise awareness of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia through balloon releases, giving away free CDH ribbon buttons and brochures and other items. It will also cover advertising costs, billboards, video production and much more.

  • A donation of $7 will sponsor 1 CDH Education Poster
  • A donation of $20 will sponsor 100 CDH Awareness Ribbon Buttons
  • A donation of $100 will sponsor a Balloon Release
  • A donation of $400 will sponsor 5000 CDH Awareness Brochures
  • A donation of $3000 will sponsor a billboard advertisement

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