November 2018
Make a Difference in the Lives of CHD Patients on #GivingTuesday
We want to share exciting news about our upcoming #GivingTuesday campaign ! W ith the help of our generous supporters, our goal is to raise $100,000! You may ask: why $100,000? This is the average investment CHF has made over the past 20 years on a single congenital heart defect (CHD) research project. We're asking our supporters to help us achieve this goal in order to secure the funds for another life-saving CHD research grant.

Did you know 40,000 babies are born with a CHD each year in the U.S. alone? Many of these babies will immediately require life-saving open-heart surgery. Unfortunately, some will not survive, and those who do will face the lifelong challenges that come with living with a CHD. That's why we're dedicated to funding the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of CHDs.

CHF has been funding critical research for more than 20 years. In that time, survival rates and life expectancy for babies born with CHDs, and older heart warriors, have improved remarkably because of medical advancements made through research that supporters like you help fund. With your help, we can continue to fund the research that makes life-saving medical advancements possible. Join the #GivingTuesday movement early by donating today !
CHF and AHA Fund Additional $776,000 of CHD Research
The Children's Heart Foundation (CHF) and American Heart Association (AHA) recently announced their latest collaborative investment in research to better understand and treat congenital heart defects, the most common birth defect in the United States.

This is the 5th round of co-funded Congenital Heart Defect Research Award recipients and represents a $776,000 investment in four research programs around the country. To date, the CHF and AHA have invested over $4 million in the CHD Research Awards program! Click here to read more .
On November 11th, CHF and AHA held a Coffee Reception at AHA's Scientific Sessions in Chicago for our co-funded CHD Research Award recipients. Dr. Jennifer Romano, CHF's Medical Advisory Board Chair, gave remarks at the reception, thanking the researchers for doing important work to learn more about CHDs.

Three of this year's newest recipients attended the reception (pictured from left to right): Xinxiu Xu, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh), Madhumita Basu, Ph.D. (Nationwide Children's Hospital), and Jesse Davidson, Ph.D. (Children’s Hospital Colorado).
Chapter and Event Highlights
West Pharmaceutical Services Raises over $128k for CHF
West Without Borders is West Pharmaceutical Services’ employee-led fundraising initiative. Each of its worldwide locations selects a charity and then coordinates fundraising activities. In Exton, PA, Royce Brockett ( pictured third from left with family ) shared his son’s story with his West Pharmaceutical Services co-workers and introduced them to The Children’s Heart Foundation Pennsylvania Chapter. The CHF Pennsylvania Chapter was selected to be the recipient of their 2018 campaign. Many thanks to Community Manager Laura Pitt ( pictured first on the left ) for all of the hard work she put into organizing this incredible campaign and to CEO Eric Green for caring about our mission. The West Pharmaceutical Services employees are warm, enthusiastic and generous, and we are thrilled to announce that their West Without Borders campaign raised $128,755. Thanks to West Pharmaceutical Services, The Children’s Heart Foundation will be able to say yes to another project. We are so grateful.  
Swing from the Heart Golf Outing
On October 1st, seventy-two golfers, an additional twenty-five diners and nearly twenty sponsors took a "Swing From the Heart" at congenital heart defects. Produced with the generous support of Financial Equities Mortgage Brokers and Mike & Jen Vassallo, and hosted by our New York chapter, the event netted nearly $10,000 for CHF in support of our mission. A big thank you to all who participated and supported this annual event, including its weather-related rescheduling.
Get Fresh Annual Golf Outing
The Children's Heart Foundation would like to gratefully thank Get Fresh Produce and the very generous guests of its Annual Golf Outing, who helped CHF auction off memorabilia and raise nearly $6,200 for congenital heart defect research! The auction was organized by Sam Perri of Get Fresh Produce; Sam and his wife Lizanne lost their son to a CHD in 2017, and are dedicated to helping raise funds for research in memory of Baby Sammy.
Upcoming Events
December 8: Red Tie Ball
Chicago, IL
The CHF Illinois Chapter's 5th annual Red Tie Ball will be held on December 8th at the University Club of Chicago. The event will honor two Congenital Heart Defect Champion Award recipients and feature cocktails, dinner, live auction, raffle, and live entertainment. Tickets to the event are now sold out. Please contact the chapter if you'd like to be added to the wait list. You can also make a donation to the event here.
The Children's Heart Foundation
(847) 634-6474