April 2018 E-newsletter
Why We Need More CHD Research
"I had all of the recommended prenatal care and hold two advanced degrees in health-related fields, yet I knew nothing about congenital heart defects (CHDs) before it happened to us. Not many people have an understanding of CHDs and even fewer understand how important it is to fund life-saving CHD research.

It's incredibly hopeful to be able to make a difference in my daughter's future by funding more CHD research. I feel like we are funding the miracles of tomorrow - and I want those miracles, for my daughter and all of the kids like her."

Read Kelly's full blog post here .
Spring Congenital Heart Walk Season Begins
The 2018 Spring Congenital Heart Walk season kicks off this month! The Congenital Heart Walk (CHW) is a joint effort between The Children's Heart Foundation and Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA). Funds raised by the CHWs support the missions of both organizations.

Join CHF and ACHA this spring as we walk to fight CHD in 15 cities across the country! To find an upcoming CHW near you, click here.

Don't see a walk in your area? Participate in a  Virtual CHW .
The Hope and Jack Fund for CHD Research
Meet Hope and Jack. For the past year, their families exchanged messages on Facebook and over texts. They finally met for the first time last month in a surprise meeting arranged by the Today Show, which aired in a segment on March 7th.

"It was amazing to be able to hug the family that told us, 'your son's story gave us hope,'" said Lauren Kiefer-Foley, whose 6-year-old son Jack was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS).

That other family is Marie Dasaro and her fiancé, Lou Campanella, whose 1-year-old daughter, Hope, was also born with HLHS.

The surprise meeting included another big reveal. American Heart Association volunteer Len Berenfield of Ohio was so moved by Hope and Jack's stories that he donated $100,000 to start a congenital heart defect research fund in their names.

The Hope and Jack Fund will directly support research through the AHA's Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards, which are co-funded by The Children's Heart Foundation. You can make a contribution to the Hope and Jack fund here .
Spring is finally here and we are looking forward to brighter, warmer days ahead. Celebrate Spring and the new beginnings it brings by making a donation in honor or in memory of a CHD warrior in your life. You can make a tribute donation here .

Thank you for your continued support as we further our mission of funding the most promising CHD research.
Upcoming Events
Johnstown, PA
Kick Start Kids Hearts is a club from the University of Pittsburgh that is dedicated to helping kids with heart defects. Please join them on their Super Hero 5K on April 8th at the Johnstown Campus. A portion of proceeds benefit the CHF Pennsylvania Chapter.

Lawrenceville, GA
Join us at Coolray Field for a family friendly 3/4 mile route. Register for the walk  here .

Boston, MA
Join us at Boston Common for a family friendly 1 or 2 mile walk! Register for the walk  here .

Gainesville, FL
Join Gators for CHF (GCHF), a student group at the University of Florida, for their first Gainesville Walk for CHF! Register to walk or make a donation  here .

Wheaton, MD
Join us at Wheaton Regional Park for a 1.5 mile family friendly route. Register for the walk  here .

Mansfield, TX
Join us at Katherine Rose Memorial Park for a 1 mile or 5k walk! Register for the walk  here .

Austin, TX
Join us at Travis County Expo Center for a family friendly 1 mile walk and 5k fun run. Register  here .

Hershey, PA
Join us at Milton Hershey School and walk our 1 mile or 3 mile route. Register  here .

Los Angeles, CA
Join us at Griffith Park for a 3k or 5k walk. Register  here .
The Children's Heart Foundation
(847) 634-6474