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Causes: Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases Research, Health, Pediatrics Research

Mission: Our only mission at CHERUBS is to help families affected by CDH by searching for the cause, prevention and best treatments of Congenital Diaphragmatic through research and awareness while supporting the CDH community. We focus on the whole CDH community, not personal motives or missions. We believe in supporting all CDH families, no matter the medical choices that they make for their children. Our mission is to provide accurate and timely information so that parents can make the best educated decisions for their babies. Our goal is to create and provide as many services as possible so that no CDH family feels alone. We have accomplished that for over 4400 CDH families.

Results: CHERUBS 2012 Milestones and Accomplishments: * $20,000 in CDH Research Grants awarded * New Executive Board of Directors * New Parent Advisory Board * New Medical Advisory Board * New Vice-President, Ashley Barry * New Secretary, Lauren Campbell * New Treasurer, Kelly Green-Krist * Senate Bill S.3396 Introduced * Parade of Cherubs on April 19th in Washington DC to Capitol Hill * Members met with the offices of over 25 Senators * April 19th CDH Day of Awareness * Parades of Cherubs on April 19th in Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Denver, St. Louis, Peoria * UK Light up The Night on April 19th * First ever Virtual CDH Awareness Parade on April 19th * 2012 CDH Conference in San Francisco * New CHERUBS Web Site * New Facebook Forums Application created * $10,000 CDH Research Grant awarded to CHOP on December 30th (by votes) * Another $10,000 CDH Research Grant awarded to DHREAMS on December 30th * First ever Facebook Grant Contest held by a CDH charity * Over 300 care packages sent to families through our CDH HOPE Totebag project * CDH families represented at the American Pediatric Surgical Association conference * Our 2012 National Children's Memorial Day tribute honored the memories over 1000 cherubs * Texas Get-Together * Ohio Picnic * UK Get-Together in Scotland * Chicago CDH Carnival * Pennsylvania / NJ / Delaware Picnic * Denver Picnic * Indiana Get-Together * Washington Zoo Trip * Oregon members met with Senators * Oregon members represent CDH families at the opening of Randall Children's Hospital * Over 900 raffle tickets sold for the 50/50 CDH Research Raffle raising $9000 for Research * Over 10,000 Facebook Fans reached * Over 10,000 signatures reached on CDH Research Bill petition * Over 18,000 people reached in one post on Facebook * 2012 Silver Lining Newsletter Published * 2012 CDH Awareness Video * Day of 2012 CDH Awareness Video * Participated in televised Raleigh Christmas Parade * CHERUBS members in Claremont, NC Christmas Parade * CHERUBS members in Snoqualmie Days Parade * It's a Knock-Out UK Fundraiser * Masquerading Angels Ball * UK Formal Ball * CDH Awareness Calendar featuring over 1300 CDH patients * Save the Cherubs CDH Awareness Calendar * First CDH Awareness Calendar in the United Kingdom * Won Shane Co. charity contest * Won the JuJuBelle Facebook contest * Our CDH Awareness Ribbon included in St. Louis Cardinals Game to raise money for St. Louis hospital * Washington Mud Run Fundraiser * Enter Stage Left Fundraiser * UK Fishing Competition Fundraiser * Rockin' for Aidan Fundraiser * CHERUBS joins Google+, Chirpify, Pinterest, Instagram * CDH Fundraising Kits created * Cooking With Cherubs cookbook project begun * Participated in the San Francisco, Boston and Baltimore Marathons

Target demographics: families of babies born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

Geographic areas served: International

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Community Stories

69 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am the mom to an 8 year old CDH survivor. I have been a member of CHERUBS since she was born, started serving on committees approximately 5 years ago, and have been a member of the board for almost 3 years. I served as the Treasurer for CHERUBS for about 2 years, and then moved to the role of Vice-President about a year ago. Through volunteering in these roles, I have had an inside view of CHERUBS for many years and am aware of all facets of the charity- the volunteers, the members of all 3 boards, and the finances. I am proud to say that CHERUBS is run by a team of wonderfully dedicated volunteers led by the charity's sole employee, the President of CHERUBS, Dawn Williamson. It takes a lot of hours, and people from many areas of the world, and with many talents to serve the CDH community. All of the volunteers that I have come in contact with from State Representatives, to Hospital Angels, to those who work on the various committees, to the Parent Advisory Board, and the Executive Board serve dutifully with professionalism and respect to see that families get the help they need while working to raise awareness of CDH and money to further research that is so desperately needed. From my role as Treasurer, and with continued knowledge of the finances of the charity as an executive board member, I can assure you that every donated dollar is used to the best of its ability to help the cause. Meticulous care is taken to see that donations are spent only in the manner with which the donor specifies (research, family assistance, awareness, etc.), and that money is never wasted. I am proud to count myself as a member of the CHERUBS team.

AmandaP

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cherubs helps families all around the world. CDH is a birth defect that is so unknown families have to search for information. Cherubs provides a safe, knowledgeable and caring environment for families to share their experiences and support each other. Cherubs does so much with so little funding. Every year my CDH'er does a walk to raise funds to donate to Cherubs for CDH research. I am proud to be a volunteer for Cherubs!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cherubs is an amazing support group that has helped me connect with many other CDH families. Full of wonderful people who are there to help you through the hard times and share in the joyful moments too!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a CDH mom and I volunteer for CHERUBS. I am proud of the work being done at CHERUBS and the transparency of the charity. I know that I am helping people through their journey because others helped me through ours. Thank you CHERUBS for being such a great charity.

Sara Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We love the cherubs!! They have help my family out in so many ways when I found out my daughter would be born with CDH

Sara140

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love them and the work they do fro CDH families! I have been blessed to see a local family helped with the CDH journey of their angel, who was here for 12 days.

Bethany P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have a RCDH survivor who is 3 years old. Cherubs has been a awesome support for myself and my family so glad I have them!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity supported my family and I through the loss of my son. It is filled with amazing supportive people. They have given us opportunities to raise awareness about a horrible birth defect that many do not know about as well as allow us to participate and be a part of the family.

Jamie R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After losing my son to CDH, CHERUBS had been there in every way possible to love, support and educate me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

CHERUBS has served as a source of knowledge, support, kindness and compassion through our CDH with our son, Jacob. I couldn't have asked for anything more than what they were already offering to CDH families. They are wonderful and I am PROUD to say "My son is a CHERUB". They have all become extended famliy to us even though Jacob grew his wings at 33 minutes old.

Allie6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cherubs has given me the opportunity to fulfill a promise to my daughter that I made to her as she was dying in my arms; the promise to continue to fight for her as I knew she couldn't fight anymore. They have paved the way to join a movement of strong brave courageous parents and children that live the unimaginable. I am deeply grateful for this organization and everything they do.

1 Cici1gm

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter is a 28 year old survivor and I wish we had ha CHERUBS when she was born. We were alone in our journey. When she had to have surgery several years ago for a vowel obstruction related to her CDH diagnosis, we found CHERUBS. This is not just a charity. This is a family where there is so much information, compassion, love and prayers for all. My daughter and I now volunteer for CHERUBS. I am just so thankful they are there so no family will ever walk this journey alone again.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

There was no CHERUBS when mydaughterwas born in 1986. We found CHERUBS a few years ago when I was researching adults with CDH. This is when I found CHERUBS. We have learned more since finding other families through CHERUBS than adult family practice doctors ever knew. Thank you all!!!! Love our CHERUBS!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son Aaron was born 15 years ago with CDH. Cherubs has been there for us from the beginning. Through our repairs and recovery in recent years and still there through our hard times as well as our praises! We would be lost without them.