January 2019
You Did It! Your Support Helped Us Exceed Our Goal!
With the generous support of more than 360 donors, ou r #GivingTuesday/Year-end campaign raised over $110,840! This means that we exceeded our goal of raising $100,000 AND secured the $50,000 match from our anonymous donor! This donor didn’t hesitate to offer the match when we assured them how our supporters would rise to the occasion. You all showed how important CHD research is! We now have more than $160,840 to put towards additional congenital heart defect (CHD) research, with our average research grant spend being $50,000 - $100,000.

Thank you to everyone who made a contribution to this campaign! Your generous gifts will go towards research that will extend and improve the quality of life for all those impacted by CHDs. From all of us at The Children’s Heart Foundation, thank you for championing our mission during this exciting campaign.
Join Us as We Walk to Fund Congenital Heart Defect Research!
On January 3rd, we announced the launch of our new Congenital Heart Walk series , which directly supports the mission of The Children’s Heart Foundation: to fund the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of congenital heart defects.

We've already seen so much support and excitement for our new walk series! There are more than 150 teams and 440 walkers registered and over $6,500 has been raised! Thank you to everyone who has supported the walks so far - we are truly grateful!

Visit www.WalkforCHDResearch.org to find a walk near you and to get underway as a walker, team captain, volunteer, sponsor, or donor!

The 2019 Congenital Heart Walk events will present an exciting event design, including familiar 1-mile walks as well as entertainment, family games and activities, community connections, research updates, refreshments, peace and memorial areas, fantastic fundraising incentives ( to be announced soon! ) and more! We know how important this day is to our heart families, and we've designed an event to leave you energized all year long.

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Please Welcome Martha Hauber - CHF's National Board Chair!
Please join us in giving a warm welcome to Martha Hauber, the new National Board Chair of The Children's Heart Foundation!

Martha has been active with CHF since 2005 in various roles, most recently serving as President and Treasurer of the CHF Illinois Chapter. Martha has a Bachelor's of Science in Accounting and Finance from Northern Illinois University. As a CPA, she spent 5 years in public accounting with Grant Thornton.

Martha's passion for CHF emanates from personal experience on the importance of CHD research. Martha's sister, Anna Marie, was born with a critical CHD during a time when there were no treatment options available for "blue babies". She lived only 3 days. When Martha's son Drew was born some 35 years later, thanks to advancements in CHD research, there were options for babies born with the critical CHD. Drew has had 3 open-heart surgeries and 8 cardiac catheterizations, and despite these obstacles, he is a thriving college student today. Martha credits advancements that have been made through research for giving Drew a chance at life.
We also want to take this time to thank Tamara Thomas for her passion and dedication to The Children's Heart Foundation during her tenure as CHF's National Board Chair. During her time as Board Chair, she spearheaded CHF’s Strategic Plan from conception to implementation and received the organization’s prestigious Founders Award in November for her significant contributions to CHD research funding and the CHD community.

On Martha taking on the role, Tamara says, "I am so thrilled to “pass the baton” to Martha as National Board Chair! After serving 5 years with such a great team at CHF, I l know that Martha is the perfect person to lead the organization into its next chapter. We are poised to fund more and more research as we are implementing our Strategic Plan, building on our great staff, working with our amazing volunteers, and improving our efficiencies. Martha’s attention to detail, tireless work ethic, and background with the Chapters and the National Board make her especially qualified and perfect for this role. Thank you so much Martha, we are all so excited to have you leading our foundation!"
Upcoming Events
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Philadelphia, PA

Katy, TX

February 13: Ohio Hops for Hearts
Columbus, OH

February 16: Hearts at Play
Chicago, IL

Gainesville, FL - More information coming soon!

St. Clair Shores, MI
The Children's Heart Foundation
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