Saturday, December 29, 2007

Our December, 2007 E-Newsletter

Dear Members,

We hope that this holiday season finds you well. We have a *ton* of activities going on at CHERUBS! Please make sure to log in to our new site to keep up with all that we have going on to help families of children born with CDH! CHERUBS now has over 2100 members in all 50 states and 38 countries, including over 150 medical care providers. We have had over 200 members in the past 5 months since our new site went live! Our web site averages over 300,000 visits per month. CHERUBS is growing and helping more CDH families than ever!

Our latest activities:

* CHERUBS Name Change - as of January 1, 2008, our new official name will be CHERUBS - The Association of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research, Awareness and Support. Our new name will reflect the change in society as we go from Advocacy to Awareness, which means the same thing basically! :)

* New CDH Research Web Site - CHERUBS has started on a new CDH research web site for our medical professional members, as well as for compiling and tabulating our Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research Surveys.Our medical professional members will have their own forum there to discuss CDH, and our parent members will be able to contribute to research! We have 150 medical professional in CHERUBS. But there will be public forums for them to post current research studies and publications that you all can read too. It will be a place for all the medical links to research articles, where CDH specialists can msg each other or post to the forum (like we do here), plus all of our CDH Research Surveys can be filled out there and we can tally up the research results from them and our membership form. So all CDH parents can join in on the research surveys and hopefully, together, we can find a common denominator to the cause and prevention of CDH. Also, doctors will be able to post themselves asking parents to join in on research studies. It will become *the* CDH Research Site on the Internet! Estimated completion date is January 28, 2008 so parents and doctors will have all the information they need on CDH at their fingertips!

* Our New Web Site Is A Hit! - members can talk to each other, create blogs, set up their own personal photo albums, read stories of other CDH families and much, much more! Please visit us at http://www.cdhsupport.org. If you have any trouble logging onto the site please contact our New Member Coordinator, Amy, at nmc@cherubs-cdh.org or me at membership@cherubs-cdh.org

* CHERUBS 2008 International Member Conference - July 25th, 2008 in Raleigh, North Carolina. All members are welcome to attend! We are currently looking for sponsors and guest speakers and will book the hotel soon. We will provide childcare during the conference but encourage you to bring a grandparent or sitter to watch your children if you are worried about germs from being in groups. We will also provide lunch and the hotel will provide breakfast. We will get room discounts for those of you who will be staying at the same hotel as the conference will be held and there will be an airport shuttle. You can keep up with more details on our web site.

* Angel Ball - July 26, 2008 in Durham, North Carolina at Duke Gardens. Get out your ball gowns and wedding dresses, this white ball fundraiser will be at a beautiful setting next to Duke Hospitals. We will also be holding a silent auction during the ball, with donations from artists that will all feature an angel theme. It will be held the day after our conference, in the next town so parents are encouraged to attend!

* Golf Tournament - July 27, 2008 in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Another great event in this great weekend! With 2 PGA Tour Pros invited and one of the world's top 5 longest drivers already booked to attend, this golf tournament is sure to be fun and educational! We also have a new car that has been donated to giveaway to the first person to get a hole in one!

* Silver Lining Newsletter - our Fall, 2007 issue is available to download from our site at http://cdhsupport.org/members/dload.php. Our Winter, 2007 issue will be out in January!

* New Board Members - we would like to welcome Amy Rademaker (Secretary), Shane Perry (Legal Advisor), and Betty Mekdeci (Professional Advisor).

* Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Ribbon - our members have voted on-line for a new ribbon to reflect CDH Awareness and we are proud to announce a new, orginal Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Ribbon. You can view the ribbon (which is baby blue, yellow and pink with clouds) on our site. You can also purchase items with this ribbon on our web site at http://www.cafepress.com/cherubs/4069314 or the car ribbon magnets at http://www.supportourribbons.com/m/160153.

* New CDH Awareness Logo - For a more "macho" logo for the dads to wear or for those of you that like to put the location stickers on the backs of your cars, we now have a new CDH logo! You can see it below or on our web site at http://www.cafepress.com/cherubs/3918170

* More CDH Awareness & CHERUBS Fundraisers - CDH Awareness Postage Stamps, Cafepress Items, Ribbon Car Magnets, Valentine's Fundraisers, ATV Ride, Holiday Card Contest, New Awareness Logo and Ribbon, Adopt A Cherub Program, Personalized Awareness Graphics, Coin Jar Fundraiser, Member Yearbook, Music CD, Stories of Cherubs Book, Angel Ball, Golf Tournament, and much much more! Learn how you can get involved in raising funds and/or awareness! http://cdhsupport.org/members/viewforum.php?f=184

* Help CHERUBS to provide information to CDH Families by being a CDH Info Packet Angel! - You can print our Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Parent Reference Guide directly from our web site and take copies to your doctors so that the next CDH family that comes along will have information and sources of support. It's just a few cents to print and it would help so much! You can also print inside them "Donated in honor / memory of __________". http://www.cdhsupport.org/members/dload.php Or you can have a Packet Party! Packets include our Parent Reference Guide, brochure, old newsletters, new newsletter, Parent Membership Form, and other hand outs. This is a great project for your family reunion, remember a cherub on their birthday or memorial day for a cherub who has passed away, a fun project at a birthday party for a surviving cherub! http://www.cdhsupport.org/members/viewtopic.php?t=609

* Donate to CHERUBS While Shopping and Searching On-Line - As you start your holiday shopping please remember that every search and every product you purchase through shopping through Goodsearch.com means a donation to CHERUBS! It does not cost you anything to do this, the stores make the donations. Target, Sear and many top department stores participate. All you have to do is go through Goodsearch.com to start shopping! You can go to their site and put in CHERUBS as your charity of choice. Or you can click here; http://www.goodsearch.com/?charityid=856932

* Free CDH Awareness Address Labels - Download and print these return address labels for free, for yourself, family and friends! Every letter that you mail will raise CDH Awareness! http://cdhsupport.org/members/viewtopic.php?t=1136

* Downloadable Information - you can download copies of past newsletters, our Parent Reference Guide, our Brochure and much more at http://cdhsupport.org/members/dload.php

* CHERUBS Timeline - We sure have come a long way, CDH babies! You can view all of our past and present activities at http://www.cdhsupport.org/timeline.php

* CHERUBS On-Line - You can find us on myspace at http://www.myspace.com/diaphragmatichernia, on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=727837892 and MSN Live Spaces at http://cdhsupport.spaces.live.com/, read the Wikipedia hubbab at http://cdhsupport.org/members/viewtopic.php?t=974, on Justgive.org and Guidestar.org at http://www.guidestar.org/pqShowGsReport.do?partner=justgive&npoId=191819, on MDJunction at http://www.mdjunction.com/congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia, and Blogger at http://cdhsupport.blogspot.com/.

* Adopt A Cherub Program - Adopt a cherub character graphic to post in your e-mail signature, web site, blog, myspace or facebook account or to print - all to raise CDH Awareness! http://cdhsupport.org/members/viewtopic.php?t=1127

* CHERUBS Posting Contest - Every month on our web site, one lucky and talkative member wins a t-shirt! http://cdhsupport.org/members/viewtopic.php?t=675


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CHERUBS 2008 Event and Fundraising Schedule

January, 2008 - CHERUBS Name Change! CHERUBS - The Association of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research, Awareness and Support
January, 2008 - CDH Research Drive
January, 2008 - Silver Lining Newsletter Issue Published

February, 2008 - Valentine's Day CDH Awareness Poster Sales
February, 2008 - CDH Awareness Media Drive
February, 2008 - CDH Awareness Ribbon Car Magnets Sale

March, 2008 - Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research Survey Results
March, 2008 - CDH Parent Reference Guide Information Drive and Packet Parties!

April 19, 2008 - CHERUBS ATV Ride (Attica, IN)
April, 2008 - Silver Lining Newsletter Issue Published

May, 2008 - Celebrity Auction
May, 2008 - Ebay Member Yard Sales

June 14, 2008 - Michigan Member Picnic (Lansing, MI)
June, 2008 - Texas Member Picnic (location to be announced)
June, 2008 - North Carolina Member Picnic (Raleigh, NC)

July, 2008 - Ohio Member Picnic (Columbus, OH)
July 25, 2008 - CHERUBS International Member Conference (Raleigh, NC)
July 26, 2008 - CHERUBS Angel Ball (Duke Gardens, Duke University, Durham, NC)
July 26, 2008 - CHERUBS Silent Angel Auction (Durham, NC)
July 27, 2008 - CHERUBS Golf Tournament (Wake Forest, NC)

August, 2008 - Silver Lining Newsletter Issue Published

September, 2008 - CDH Parent Reference Guide Information Drive and Packet Parties!

October, 2008 - Australia Member Conference
October, 2008 - Trick-or-Treating for CHERUBS CDH Awareness Drive

November - Silver Lining Newsletter Issue Published

December, 2008 - Holiday Coin Jar Fundraisers
December, 2008 - CHERUBS Tree Fundraiser (Wake Forest, NC)
December, 2008 - Holiday Raffles

Stay tuned to our site for more info!

Conference & Get-Together Information - http://www.cdhsupport.org/members/viewforum.php?f=9

Fundraisers & Awareness Events Information - http://www.cdhsupport.org/members/viewforum.php?f=184

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Some Important CHERUBS Links:


CHERUBS New Web Site - http://www.cdhsupport.org

Register / Sign Up with CHERUBS - http://www.cdhsupport.org/members/profile.php?mode=register

CHERUBS Member Portal - http://cdhsupport.org/members/index.php

Donate to CHERUBS - http://www.cdhsupport.org/donate/index.php

Public & Member Forums - http://cdhsupport.org/members/index.php

CHERUBS Silver Lining Newsletter - http://www.cdhsupport.org/newsletter

CDH Research Library - http://cdhsupport.org/members/links.php

CHERUBS Photo Albums - http://cdhsupport.org/members/album.php

CHERUBS Member Albums - http://cdhsupport.org/members/album_personal_index.php

CHERUBS Member Blogs - http://cdhsupport.org/members/weblogs.php

CHERUBS Volunteers - http://www.cdhsupport.org/volunteers

Downloadable Information About Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia - http://cdhsupport.org/members/dload.php

CHERUBS Timeline - http://www.cdhsupport.org/about/timeline.php


I know that this holiday season is so hard on so many of you who just lost your cherubs or who are still struggling with medical issues with surviving cherubs... please know that you are in my prayers and that all of us are here for you, just a click away.

Thank you, each of you, for your continued support of CHERUBS and families affected by Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. Please remember CHERUBS in your end of year donations by making a tax-deductible donation to help us to reach and support more families. You can donate by mail at CHERUBS, 270 Coley Rd, Henderson, NC 27537 or on-line at http://www.cdhsupport.org/donate/index.php.

May you all have a wonderful New Year!

Sincerely,
Dawn M. Torrence

President & Founder, CHERUBS
Also mom to Shane (1/28/93 - 9/11/99) LCDH x6, multiple complications and birth defects

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Day

For more information on why CHERUBS is not participating in the Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Day event with Breath of Hope, Inc or using the turquoise ribbon - along with our struggle in being accused of infringing trademark by using the phrase "Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness", please go to our web site at http://cdhsupport.org/members/viewtopic.php?t=1099 or the court timeline at http://www.cdhsupport.org/elizabeth

We do encourage all CDH parents to receive as much support as they can from as many places as they can. No CDH parent is excluded from CHERUBS - you can be members of both groups. Please view the above link for more info.

Please also note that there is a Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Ribbon that is original in design and not shared by any other cause. Please feel free to use it to promote CDH Awareness!



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Addition to post:


You can now download the court transcript from our downloads section or through http://myfreefilehosting.com/f/3170648782_91.44MB

It is 93 MB, this court case is at the end of the record. It is in dcr format, zipped. You can download the software to listen to it from http://www.libertyrecording.com/LR_main.htmLP_Download

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

2008 Fundraising, Awareness and Get-Together Events Schedule

January, 2008 - New CDH Research Site!
January, 2008 - CHERUBS Name Change! CHERUBS - The Association of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research, Awareness and Support
January, 2008 - CDH Research Drive
January, 2008 - Silver Lining Newsletter Issue Published

February, 2008 - Valentine's Day CDH Awareness Poster Sales
February, 2008 - CDH Awareness Media Drive
February, 2008 - CDH Awareness Ribbon Car Magnets Sale

March, 2008 - Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research Survey Results
March, 2008 - CDH Parent Reference Guide Information Drive and Packet Parties!

April 19, 2008 -
CHERUBS ATV Ride (Attica, IN)
April, 2008 -
Silver Lining Newsletter Issue Published

May, 2008 - Celebrity Auction
May, 2008 - Ebay Member Yard Sales

June 14, 2008 - Michigan Member Picnic (Lansing, MI)
June, 2008 - Texas Member Picnic (location to be announced)
June, 2008 - North Carolina Member Picnic (Raleigh, NC)

July, 2008 - Ohio Member Picnic (Columbus, OH)
July 25, 2008 - CHERUBS International Member Conference (Raleigh, NC)
July 26, 2008 - CHERUBS Angel Ball (Duke Gardens, Duke University, Durham, NC)
July 26, 2008 - CHERUBS Silent Angel Auction (Durham, NC)
July 27, 2008 - CHERUBS Golf Tournament (Wake Forest, NC)

August, 2008
- Silver Lining Newsletter Issue Published

September, 2008 -
CDH Parent Reference Guide Information Drive and Packet Parties!

October, 2008 - Australia Member Conference
October, 2008 - Trick-or-Treating for CHERUBS CDH Awareness Drive

November
- Silver Lining Newsletter Issue Published

December, 2008 - Holiday Coin Jar Fundraisers
December, 2008 - CHERUBS Tree Fundraiser (Wake Forest, NC)
December, 2008 - Holiday Raffles

Stay tuned to our site for more info!

Conference & Get-Together Information - http://www.cdhsupport.org/members/viewforum.php?f=9

Fundraisers & Awareness Events Information - http://www.cdhsupport.org/members/viewforum.php?f=184

Please help CHERUBS to provide information to CDH Families!

Help CHERUBS to provide information to CDH Families by being a CDH Info Packet Angel! :)

You can print our Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Parent Reference Guide directly from our web site and take copies to your doctors so that the next CDH family that comes along will have information and sources of support. It's just a few cents to print and it would help so much! You can also print inside them "Donated in honor / memory of __________".

http://www.cdhsupport.org/members/dload.php

Or you can have a Packet Party! Packets include our Parent Reference Guide, brochure, old newsletters, new newsletter, Parent Membership Form, and other hand outs. This is a great project for your family reunion, remember a cherub on their birthday or memorial day for a cherub who has passed away, a fun project at a birthday party for a surviving cherub!

http://www.cdhsupport.org/members/viewtopic.php?t=609

New CDH Research Site Underway!

CHERUBS has started on a new CDH research web site for our medical professional members, as well as for compiling and tabulating our Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research Surveys.

Our medical professional members will have their own forum there to discuss CDH, and our parent members will be able to contribute to research! We have 150 medical professional in CHERUBS. But there will be public forums for them to post current research studies and publications that you all can read too.

It will be a place for all the medical links to research articles, where CDH specialists can msg each other or post to the forum (like we do here), plus all of our CDH Research Surveys can be filled out there and we can tally up the research results from them and our membership form. So all CDH parents can join in on the research surveys and hopefully, together, we can find a common denominator to the cause and prevention of CDH.

Also, doctors will be able to post themselves asking parents to join in on research studies.

It will become *the* CDH Research Site on the Internet! Estimated completion date is January 28, 2008!

CHERUBS On Justgive.org & GuideStar.org

CHERUBS On Justgive.org & GuideStar.org

You can now give to CHERUBS through JustGive.org, which is powered by GuideStar.org, a charity watch group.

http://www.guidestar.org/pqShowGsReport.do?partner=justgive&npoId=191819


You can also give directly on our web site at http://www.cdhsupport.org/donate/index.php

All donations are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated! CHERUBS receives no government funding and all of our employees are volunteers. Every penny goes to help raise awareness, give information and support to families and to encourage CDH research.

CDH on MDJunction.com

MDJunction is a new site that has on-line support groups as well as doctor referrals and comments. CHERUBS is now the official CDH Organization of MDJunction! Smile They have also featured our CDH Awareness Ribbon as the official ribbon of CDH.

http://www.mdjunction.com/congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia

It's just been set up and I have to go in and code it to look like our site a bit, but we're there!

On-Line CDH Video!

Courtesy of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, home of one of our Medical Advisors, our web site now has more information on CDH, incredible anatomy graphics and you can view a wonderful CDH video on-line! Thank you CHOP!

http://cdhsupport.org/cdh/

We have also added a CDH info video narrated by Michael Harrison of UCSF, the founding father of fetal surgery and another one of our Medical Advisors. Thank you, Dr. Harrison for supporting CHERUBS for 12 years and CDH families for 2 decades!!!! :)

CHERUBS At The Top Of The Search Engines!

Despite another CDH Organization trying to have us banned from search engines (http://www.cdhsupport.org/members/viewtopic.php?t=1099), CHERUBS is at the top of the search engines!

Not only are we in the top 10 for all major search engines when searching for "Diaphragmatic Hernia" but now we are #6 on Google for the word "cherubs" so anyone who searches for cherubs will get a good dose of CDH Awareness and we're #1 on Yahoo for a search on "cherubs"!!!!! That's a TON of CDH Awareness!!! :)

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Postage Stamps

CHERUBS is working with stamps.com to offer Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness postage stamps! Along with a few other select non-profit organizations, our postage stamps will be featured on their web site, brining the attention of millions to Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness! :)

More details will be posted soon!

Monday, December 17, 2007

FREE CDH Awareness Address Labels

FREE CDH Awareness Address Labels
(well, you have to print them)

Promote Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness! Every time you send mail you educate people a little bit about CDH! Use a cherub logo character that looks like your cherub or any of our other logos.

They make GREAT stocking stuffers for friends and family!

http://www.cdhsupport.org/members/viewtopic.php?t=1136&highlight=

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Adding our Logo to blogger!

Please don't forget that we have over 100 cherub logo characters up for adoption! There is surely one that looks like your cherub! :)

You are welcome to use them *anywhere*. As your avatar here, on your facebook or myspace account, on your web site or blog - to download them and use them for address labels, scrapbooking, anything!

You can even name your cherub character too. Here's an example below under the dotted line. To use the character of your choice go to http://www.cdhsupport.org/web/adopt.php and find the cherub that you want to use. In the code below change the name adam to whatever name the cherub character is named on our site (all lower case - make sure to use the name of the character there, not the name you want it to have). To change the name of the cherub, edit the name Bobby in the coding below. You can also change "I adopted my cherub" to something like "I support CHERUBS in honor / memory of _______".

Of course please feel free to use our CDH Awareness Ribbon or CDH Awareness Logo as well! :)

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I adopted my cherub, Billy
from CHERUBS to help raise awareness for
Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

2008 CHERUBS International Member Conference & Events!

http://www.cdhsupport.org

Still in initial planning stages and we are trying to drum up sponsors but the dates are locked in!....

CHERUBS Conference will be held 1 day this year - on Friday, July 25th. We will find a hotel with a conference hall that will give us discounts. It will also have an airport shuttle. We will also find sitters for the kids in an ajoining room, plus entertainment for the kids (magician, clown, storyteller... working on that). Breakfast will be provided by the hotel and we're working on lunch and dinner. As soon as we have a hotel locked in, I will let you all know!

The Angel Ball will be a formal affair held at Duke Gardens. We have booked their reception hall for July 26th, 6:00 pm to midnight. They are giving us an incredible price, which sponsors will cover. The garden is just gorgeous, it is absolutely fairy tale beautiful. We can have the conference hall, which is great in case it rains. The conference hall comes with a beautiful lily pond right outside with a formal oriental type garden and we'd have to get a couple of tents too because the hall only holds 150 people and I'm planning to sell about 400 tickets. The English Gardens can be toured until dark (9:00 that time of year) and will make for awesome photos. I'm still begging to be able to have the ball there, we'll see what I can pull off. Wink We'll also have a silent auction with donations from artists (we have 2 pieces already). Durham / Raleigh / Chapel Hill has a huge artist community, so we should be able to pull that off. Attire will be black tie, with an emphasis on "white" and women will be encouraged to pull out their old wedding dresses and wear them again. We have several wedding service vendors who have already volunteer their time and services and we're hoping to really play up the whole wedding dress thing as that will sell more tickets. Of course all CHERUBS members are encouraged to attend! You can see Duke hospital from the Gardens so there is a top hospital here, plus tons of hotels and I'm 90% certain we can get a group of nurses to watch any cherubs for a few hours that night - I know a ton of nurses who work at Duke that I might be able to beg to volunteer for us. Plus, UNC is just up the road too in Chapel Hill. During the day, before the ball, the gardens is a wonderful place to take the kids to walk around, feed the ducks and picnic. Maybe we can have an informal member picnic that day, though I don't know how much time I'll have to attend because I'll be swamped with the Ball arrangements.

Golf Tournament on Sunday. Actually, the golf tournament will be in Wake Forest, which is north of Raleigh, about 40 minutes from Durham with the traffic. There will be a car given away to the first to hit a hole in one!!!!!!! One of the local dealerships is donating to a car if any player achieves this feat. There are a couple of golf pros who live in the area so I'm going to see if we can get them in the tournament. Craig is good friends with one of them but I don't think he'll be able to attend that weekend as it's in the middle of PGA tour season, but I will certainly beg him to try to come. Smile We will definitely have 1 former pro in attendance, but he was on the tour many years ago and only for a couple of years so his name isn't very well known. ***News flash - we now have one of the top 5 World's Longest Drive Champion's attending the Golf Tournament! We are looking for sponsors for each hole and volunteers to help with the tournament.

***** We quite possibly have a food sponsor and beverage sponsor. We also might have a great band who had a top 40 hit.

We have *tons* to do and could use any help possible!

As soon as we have more / know more, I will post it! Any suggestions welcomed!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Shop & Search on-line while you donate to CHERUBS for Free!

Goodsearch.com will donate everytime you use their site as your search engine (like Google, Yahoo, etc). Just make sure to add CHERUBS as your charity of choice and they will donate! It doesn't cost you a penny!

And, if you are shopping on-line, please also use Goodsearch to do your shopping. Wal-Mart, Sears, Target, Circuit City, Toys 'R Us, Best Buy, and 100's of other popular stores participate - you shop through Goodsearch and they donate a percentage of your purchase to CHERUBS. Again, it doesn't cost you a penny!

http://www.goodsearch.com/?charityid=856932

CHERUBS runs solely on donations and fundraisers to offer all of our services to families affected by Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. We are run totally by volunteers and on a limited budget. Please help us to help families affected by CDH. www.cdhsupport.org

Please forward this to your friends and family! :)

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Items



The members have voted! We now have a new Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Ribbon as well as a CDH Logo that is more masculine for the dads to wear! You can purchase 100's of items through our web site at www.cdhsupport.org CDH Awareness Items make great holiday gifts!

Angel Ball, Golf Tournament & 2008 CHERUBS International Member Conference

I've set up a poll on CHERUBS web Site. Our members need to decide on the 2008 Member Conference, but we also need to take into consideration the fundraisers that will be paying for this conference.

We are planning an Angel Ball and Golf Tournament for the weekend of July 26-27 in North Carolina. I just found a place today and whew! It was hard to find a place that we could afford that is nice - we want to raise funds at a fundraisers not spend it all on the event itself. But we found a great place!!! Smile

The Angel Ball will be a formal affair held at Duke Gardens. They are holding the last Saturday in 2008 for us that hasn't been booked yet and are giving us an incredible price, which sponsors will cover. The garden is just gorgeous, it is absolutely fairy tale beautiful. We can have the conference hall, which is great in case it rains. The conference hall comes with a beautiful lily pond right outside with a formal oriental type garden and we'd have to get a couple of tents too because the hall only holds 150 people and I'm planning to sell about 400 tickets. The English Gardens can be toured until dark (9:00 that time of year) and will make for awesome photos. I'm still begging to be able to have the ball there, we'll see what I can pull off. Wink We'll also have a silent auction with donations from artists (we have 2 pieces already). Durham / Raleigh / Chapel Hill has a huge artist community, so we should be able to pull that off. Attire will be black tie, with an emphasis on "white" and women will be encouraged to pull out their old wedding dresses and wear them again. We have several wedding service vendors who have already volunteer their time and services and we're hoping to really play up the whole wedding dress thing as that will sell more tickets. Of course all CHERUBS members are encouraged to attend! Smile You can see Duke hospital from the Gardens so there is as top hospital here, plus tons of hotels and I'm 90% certain we can get a group of nurses to watch any cherubs for a few hours that night - I know a ton of nurses who work at Duke that I might be able to beg to volunteer for us. Plus, UNC is just up the road too in Chapel Hill. During the day, before the ball, the gardens is a wonderful place to take the kids to walk around, feed the ducks and picnic. Maybe we can have an informal member picnic that day, though I don't know how much time I'll have to attend because I'll be swamped with the Ball arrangements.

Golf Tournament on Sunday. Actually, the golf tournament will be in Wake Forest, which is north of Raleigh, about 40 minutes from Durham with the traffic. There are a couple of golf pros who live in the area so I'm going to see if we can get them in the tournament. Craig is good friends with one of them but I don't think he'll be able to attend that weekend as it's in the middle of PGA tour season, but I will certainly beg him to try to come. Smile We will definitely have 1 former pro in attendance, but he was on the tour many years ago and only for a couple of years so his name isn't very well known.

Now, all that info is there for that weekend and the money raised will go to the Conference. BUT a lot of parents have requested that we hold the conference at the same time because they want to attend these events as well. If we do that, we can easily book a conference place here and hold it on Friday or Monday as an all day conference (we'll make sure the kids are entertained). All extra money not used will go to 2009's Member Conference. Honestly, I really like this idea, it sure would make it easier to plan and it would be a lot cheaper to do it all at once and would be awesome to already have a lot of money needed for 2009 already. If we have the conference elsewhere it will have to be in August because we'll need the money from the fundraisers and they won't be until late July.

So here are our options:

1. Durham/Raleigh, NC - Angel Ball, Golf Tournament and Conference all in one. We can get a surgeon from Duke or UNC to guest speak. Upside - we save a lot of money and can afford to better go to the one of the following 3 places next year. Downside - this area isn't the greatest tourist location, though we do have an international airport.

2. Orlando, FL - Disney World area, a favorite for everyone, we had an absolute blast and very successful 2000 conference there. We'll have to find out about the rain season though. Upside - hotels can be cheaper and we can get discounts on Disney tickets for everyone. Downside - we had our last conference there.

3. Phoenix, AZ - where CHERUBS has a professional conference, but the upside is there will be a lot of guest speakers. Plus this would take us to the West Coast. Downside is it's in May, 2 months before the fundraisers, so we'll need more sponsors and more fundraising events.

4. Boston, MA - where the CDH clinic is and it would take us up North rather than the South again. Downside - Boston is a very expensive place to hold a conference. Upside - CDH clinic and nice weather.

CHERUBS Name Change

We are filing paperwork to make our 501(c)III organization Incorporated. Beginning on January 1st, we will have a new name. Our Boards have agreed upon:

CHERUBS - The Association of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research, Awareness and Support

The words Advocacy and Awareness are the same thing but Advocacy is a bit out-dated. It was used back in 1995 when I set CHERUBS up, but Awareness is now used more often so we decided to up-date the name since we are going through this process anyway.

We should be Incorporated fairly soon after the new year. It only took us 3 months to figure out how to file all the 501(c)III paperwork back in 1995 when I was only 22 yrs old and doing it all myself and without the internet for help. So this should be a piece of cake this time around! Wink Plus, we have lawyers and an accountant all pro bono to help us if we need it.

All of our new Cafepress items will reflect the new name and web site address.

Happy 10th Birthday to CHERUBS Web Site!

November 14th was the 10 year anniversary of CHERUBS web site. It has gone through many changes and our first one was rather cheesy, but look how far we've come! Angel

I can't believe that was 10 years ago. That's how I became a web designer - learning HTML code by hand long before there was software that made it much, much easier for beginners. Even Flash & Animation are simple to learn now with all the software that does the coding for you, but back then there was *nothing* to help us out but we did it within 6 months of getting on-line!

10 years ago.... wow, the time has flown by in some ways and dragged in others. The next 10 years will bring more awareness, more research and the cause and prevention of CDH!

Web Site / Membership Security

Hi Everyone,

At 03:03:02 EST an attempt was made from a Charlottesville, VA computer at 76.5.79.149 [va-76-5-79-149.dhcp.embarqhsd.net] to try to export our member database. Hacking is a federal offense and Embarq will confirm the user by IP address. The attempt was fruitless, but this incident just reaffirms the need to be cautious with our membership info.

Our membership database is safe, we have tons of precautions and firewalls and any attempts are logged in case charges need to be filed. CHERUBS does not give away or sell our membership information to anyone. It it used solely to contact all of you for matching, newsletters, etc. We protect our database diligently and we respect your privacy immensely, as all non-profits should. You all have enough going from dealing with CDH, we truly believe in protecting our members and providing a safe place for you all to talk and support each other.

We have also had over a dozen attempts made to try to join our membership under aliases and false information - just in the past few months since our site went live. Some of you might remember Elise Martin, Ann Poore, and Cathy Allen from our old listserv - all aliases of the same person who tried to hack into our database, all aliases that got onto the listserv and tried to start problems. We now have several safety measures, including a new volunteer position, New Member Coordinator (thank you, Amy!), just to keep this drama out of CHERUBS.

So we are posting this to let you all know that we are safe, but we need your help to keep the drama out. Do not give out your information to people that you don't know. Do not give out any other member's contact information. If someone contacts you and tries to slander CHERUBS, recruit you to other web sites or otherwise cause trouble or drama - please report them immediately to any of the moderators and please forward any e-mails or PMs to dawn_torrence@cherubs-cdh.org.

It's very much a shame that this post is even needed, but let's just keep an eye out and let's also not let one person interfere with all the good we do here. Now, let's keep being *supportive* and positive, encouraging and uplifting, constructive and working together to bring more CDH Awareness, research, and most of all - what CHERUBS was started for - support.

Fall 2007 Silver Lining Issue now out!

You can download our 2007 Fall issue of The Silver Lining newsletter on our web site in the downloads section or the newsletter section at:

http://www.cdhsupport.org/newsletter

It is in full color and 28 pages long, full of stories, news, info and much more. It will be mailed out in 2 weeks to those of you who are subscribers, requested to be on the mailing list (it's on your Profile/membership form) or who aren't on-line. It cost approximately $30 a year to print and mail 4 newsletter in the U.S. so if you can afford to subscribe or can print our newsletter yourself instead of being on the mailing list, please do so. Smile

A huge thank you to our Newsletter Angel, Stephanie, who is helping us to cover printing costs in honor of her cherub Shelby Oliverez, to all of our volunteers, to Brenda Slavin for her article on Relationships, and to all the cherubs and families who contributed photos and stories. Thank you all!

Please feel free to print off several copies for family, friends and your cherub's doctor/hospital!

More from April 7, 1999

More from April 7, 1999:

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Hi again everyone,

Well, the boys vs. girls theory is just that- a theory,
albeit a popular one. I've been searching through our
research articles and the net and have yet to find an
article on CDH and gender. BUT, I haven't found an article
to disprove the theory either.

From our 1998 CDH Survey Results (keep in mind this is from
our membership and not the total population of CDH patients,
and I'm not including those cherubs who weren't born yet):

Boys- 67 survivors, 30 non-survivors (69% survival rate)
Girls- 26 survivors, 12 non-survivors (46% survival rate)
Total- 93- 72% boys, 28% girls

Now, these results are DRASTICALLY different from most
medical journal articles. The gender percentages are about
right, but the survival rate isn't. The survival rate in
most articles is 50% for all patients (which is about what
the 69% and 46% equal out to, give or take a few
percentages,... hmmmmmmm.... we'll have to study this one
more).

We have to remember that most doctors and nurses see very
few CDH patients in their entire careers- OBs usually see
less than 3, so do Level 1 U/S techs, surgeons in large
hospitals are the ones who see the high number of patients-
the ones with the most experience to make such statements as
"girls do better than boys". BUT are they talking about CDH
patients or all their patients in general?

Now, this is MY personal opinion (not a medical one, not a
well-researched one that I can prove) from all the research
reading I've done and all the 100's of families I've talked
to over the years- there are more boys diagnosed with CDH.
In fact, there are some hereditary syndromes that cause CDH
to occur in just boys (very rare, don't anyone freak out
over that statement- talk to your genetic counselor before
assuming anything). When we think about the fact that girls
outnumber boys in the general population, it is very odd
that there are more boys with CDH. As for survival rates
and whether girls do better than boys- I used to think the
same thing that a lot of you are talking about, but now,
it's hard to tell. I've seen boys stay in the hospital for
a matter of days and girls in the hospital for months. In
the hospital with Shane, I watched a little boy with CDH go
home breastfeeding at 2 weeks old and a little girl with CDH
die at 1 week old (out of the total of 4 CDH patients at
this hospital the entire 10 months we were there, Shane
included). I think it depends more on the location of the
CDH, the organs involved, and the lung growth rather than
the sex of the patient- and sometimes I even doubt that
after seeing babies with no diaphragm on one side live and
babies with just a small hole die. We also have to consider
not just CDH, but side effects like infections and
pneumonia- hospital controlled side effects that have
nothing to do with the child's gender, location of CDH, lung
growth, or organs involved. That's why we have the
complications question on the parent worksheet (membership
form) and survey- because you cannot just look at CDH alone
to make such a statement a fact- you have to know if it was
JUST the CDH that caused death or long hospital stays or
some other type of complication. Soooo, if a doctor or
nurse makes that statement, more than likely it's an
overall, in general statement, about their hospital(s)'s
experience with CDH patients and all complications
involved. I hope this makes sense.

As to whether you should believe certain statements from
doctors or nurses- yes, they are "guessing" unless they have
done actual research or read actual research or they're
making statements from their own experiences- neither is
wrong or right, just inconclusive and they are a matter of
their own opinions 99% of the time. And all medical
professionals are human, not encyclopedias that can spout
statistics from the top of their heads when asked a question
at any given moment. But like I tell everyone over and over
and over.... you can't go by general statements from anyone
(including doctors, nurses, other parents, research, and
even CHERUBS), each patient is different. : )

About the sides of CDH in girls vs boys-
Right-sided CDH is more common in girls, but remember, only
about 20% of all CDH's are right-sided and girls are more
likely to have left-sided CDH than right-sided, just as boys
are. Bilateral CDH (both sides) is about equal in both
sexes, and is very rare.

I hope this helps to answer some of the questions and I
didn't totally confuse everyone.

Dawn T.

From April 7, 1999

We've been talking about the occurrance rate of CDH as compared to spina bifida and cystic fibrosis for years. Especially how low CDH awareness is!!! We've done a ton of research over the years and I was putting some stuff together this weekend for a project and I ran across a bunch of interesting old posts on our lists. I thought I'd post a few of them. Heck, I'll post several over the next few days. If any of you have any neat stats, please feel free to post too!



From April 7, 1999:

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Re: Boys vs. Girls Theory

LOL, Heidi, now you've got me searching the internet, trying to find the
statistics on boys vs
girls born. I did not know any of the information you posted- learn something
new every day.
: )

This is what I found at www.infoplease.com (love this site, just found it- after
searching an
hour):
In 1996 in the US, 1,990,480 boys and 1,901,014 girls were born (ok, I was wrong
about the boy
to girl ratio- no idea where I came up with that, remember hearing it
somewhere). This info
that I found only includes babies born to White and African American parents (no
idea why it
didn't include other races). Total births for 1996 in the US was 3,891,494. If
we assume
(meaning no one knows for sure) that 1 in every 2500 babies has CDH, this means
that
approximately 1556 babies were born with CDH in 1996 in just these 2 races
alone- 4-5 babies a
day. WOW!!!!

Some CDH occurance trivia facts to think about in comparison to more publicized
devastations
(I'm not discounting any of these tragedies, Lord knows my family falls into
more than one of
these lists, this is just FYI):

-Approx. 1556 babies are born with CDH each year, approx. 775 of these babies do
not survive
(.04% chance of being born with CDH).
-Tornados injure approx. 1500 people each year in the US, 80 don't survive.
-In 1997, 306 people were struck by lightening, 42 didn't survive. (this means
we're 5 times
more likely to have a baby with CDH than to be struck by lightening).
-1n 1996, 37 people in the US were killed by hurricanes.
-118 people were killed by floods in the US in 1997.
-In 1989, 98 people in the US died of Botulism
-In 1996, 508 cases of Measles were reported in the US, 1 person didn't survive.
There were
238 cases of German Measles.
-There were 560 quadruplet births in the US in 1996.


I had a horrible time trying to find world birth statistics. Couldn't find a
thing on the birth
rate or gender rate.

My head is spinning thinking of all the CDH born in the world every day- and
with only 300
families in CHERUBS, so many 1000's of families are going through this alone.

Well, too much brain overload for me tonight. I promise to get all the other
e-mails answered
today (behind, yet again).

Dawn T.

September, 2007 Member Letter

Dear Members,

It has been a long time since my last member e-mail but CHERUBS is still here, still going strong and we have tons of new services for CDH families! Our membership is now over 1900, including 1800 parents and 100 medical professionals. You can see all of our activities over the years at www.cdhsupport.org/about/timeline.php. There is quite a bit of news to fill you in on:

We have a new web site! Our new site address is www.cdhsupport.org. Our new web site offers many more services; CDH Research Library, over 100 forums, your own photo album, your own blogs to keep your family and friends updated on your cherubs and/or family, 24/7 chatroom, calendar, and much more. We are now phasing out our listserv programs in favor of our new member forums - this will greatly cut down on everyone's yahoo spam.

Our new site is also password protected so that ony members can view certain sections. This allows for more privacy, as well as the accessibility for members to update their own forms. Our old site was averaging 300,000 hits per month and we expect to see a huge growth in membership within the next year with the new web site. I can't stress to you how excited we are about our new web site! Log in information can be found at http://cdhsupport.org/members/portal.php?topic_id=739

We have 2 contests going on here at CHERUBS! We need drawings from cherubs and siblings for our holiday cards as well as other cafepress items. We also have a posting contest - the member who posts on the new site the most each month will win a CHERUBS t-shirt. Make sure to check out our t-shirts as well as our hundred's of other CHERUBS logo items for sale on our site. We just created "Cherub On Board" maternity shirts for our expectant parents.

We are planning a 2008 International CHERUBS Member Conference. We are undecided on the location as of yet but it's narrowed down to 3 possible locations: Phoenix, Orlando, or Boston. We are currently looking for sponsors and volunteers. If you can help, please contact us. We also held get-togethers in Ohio and Great Britain and our Australia event will take place in October.

Congratulations to CHERUBS UK for achieving Non-Profit status and their own web site. CHERUBS Australia also has their own web site and will achieve Non-Profit status soon as well. We are very proud of both of these groups! All 3 of our organizations are now members of the newly formed group the Alliance of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Organizations, created to band all CDH groups together

We are planning several fundraisers including an Angel Ball, celebrity auction and golf tournament. We also have a new program, Angels for CHERUBS, which will hopefully encourage members to help out in various ways. Donations have greatly decreased in the past few years - despite our membership growing. This has caused us to cut back on services such as New Parent Info Packets and newsletter publication. We recently underwent our first audit by the state of North Carolina and passed with flying colors, however, we have been encouraged to file for Incorporation status which we are now doing.

Last fall we published "Stories of Cherubs", which included stories of over 300 children born with CDH. We encourage everyone to purchase a copy not only for yourselves, but for your cherub's PICU / NICU library as well. This fall, we are putting together our first annual CHERUBS Yearbook with photos of all of our cherubs and families. We are also planning 3 children's books as well.

Our publications are getting back on track. CHERUBS CDH Parent Reference Guide will be revised next week and our newsletter will be out in October. Both will be available to download on our web site. Our CDH Research Survey Results will be published in December. Also, by December we are hoping to have our new site programmed to tabulate research on the fly.

We have many new volunteers, including 2 new Board Members; Betty Mekdeci, Director of Birth Defects Research for Children and Shane Perry PLLC, our new Legal Advisor. We still need more State & International Representatives, Translators, Book Committee Members and are looking for a Flash expert as well as Videographer.



Some Important CHERUBS Links:



CHERUBS New Web Site - http://www.cdhsupport.org

Register / Sign Up with CHERUBS - http://www.cdhsupport.org/members/profile.php?mode=register

Log In Information for New Site - http://cdhsupport.org/members/portal.php?topic_id=739

CHERUBS Member Portal - http://cdhsupport.org/members/portal.php

Public & Member Forums - http://cdhsupport.org/members/index.php

CDH Research Library - http://cdhsupport.org/members/links.php

CHERUBS Photo Albums - http://cdhsupport.org/members/album.php

CHERUBS Member Albums - http://cdhsupport.org/members/album_personal_index.php

CHERUBS Member Blogs - http://cdhsupport.org/members/weblogs.php

CHERUBS Volunteers - http://www.cdhsupport.org/volunteers

Downloadable Information - http://cdhsupport.org/members/dload.php

CHERUBS Timeline - www.cdhsupport.org/about/timeline.php



We encourage all of our members to log into the new site and update your information. We welcome you to start your blog and to add photos and links. We also encourage you to forward this e-mail to your cherub's doctor and to any other families affected by CDH.

If you have any questions or any member updates, please feel free to contact me. I'd like to welcome you all to our new site and I thank you for your continued support of CHERUBS.



Sincerely,

Dawn M. Torrence, President & Founder





CHERUBS - The Association of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research, Advocacy and Support

270 Coley Rd, Henderson, NC 27537, USA

252-492-6003

dawn_torrence@cherubs-cdh.org

www.cdhsupport.org

This is me, the narrater behind CHERUBS blog



This is me, Dawn. I am the person behind the logo doing the typing for this profile here - but I am only 1 of 2000 CDH parents who make up CHERUBS.



I am the founder of CHERUBS but I am also the Mom of Shane (1/28/93 - 9/11/99) Diagnosed at birth with left-sided CDH, polyhydramnios, 6 CDH repairs, ASD, Pulmonary Sequestration, Hypospadius, Undescended Testes, Microcephaly, Hospital- 300 days at birth, Vent- 2 yrs, Oxygen- 3 yrs, trach 3 yrs, reflux, Nissen, NG tube 2 yrs, Mic-Key feeding button 4 yrs, deaf 6 yrs, blind 1 yr, 5 yrs impaired vision, Cerebral Palsy, developmentally delayed, passed way from pneumonia bought on by gastropleural fistula, no siblings.

I'll be posting updates about CHERUBS activities and latest news here. Please feel free to comment or to e-mail me at dawn_torrence@cherubs-cdh.org



If you are a CDH parent, don't forget to join our web site! We have a member forum with over 2000 CDH families. Membership is free!

http://www.cdhsupport.org

CHERUBS Timeline


Throughout the years we have been very busy!


1995
CHERUBS is founded with 2 members; Dawn Torrence, mom of Shane Torrence, and Rhonda Montague, mom of Preston Montague

CHERUBS files for an Employee Identification Number, the first step to Non-Profit Status

CHERUBS is granted an EIN and 501 (c) III Non-Profit Status

CHERUBS Board of Directors is formed

Our first issue of our newsletter, The Silver Lining, is published

CHERUBS Parent Reference Guide was created


1996
First newspaper article about CHERUBS is printed

CHERUBS attend our first American Pediatric Surgical Associations conference in San Diego, CA


1997

CHERUBS first Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research Survey Results are published

CHERUBS New Member Packets are created

CHERUBS goes on-line

CHERUBS web site is created

CHERUBS first listserv is started

CHERUBS Prayer List is created


1998
We have our first Secretary, volunteer Judi Toth, mom of Christopher Toth

CHERUBS Volunteer Coordinator position is created

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research Survey Results are published

International & State Representatives are created

Cooking with Cherubs is published

CHERUBS 1999 Calendars are published

CHERUBS first bake sale

CHERUBS first raffle held

CHERUBS first on-line chats

CHERUBS membership grows to over 100 CDH families


1999

CHERUBS is contacted by ABC's 20/20 staff for input on a story of a cherub

CHERUBS members participate in Noah's Flood ECMO Fundraiser for National Children's Hospital in Washington, DC

Our first Grieving Parents Get-Together is held outside of Washington, DC

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research Survey Results are published

CHERUBS listservs move to Onelist.com, which becomes Yahoogroups

A forum for CDH medical professionals is created

New seperate listservs were created for grieving parents and parents of survivors

CHERUBS Advisory Committee is created

CHERUBS Conference Committee is created

CHERUBS Kids Book Committee is created

CHERUBS Fundraising Committee is created

CHERUBS Research Committee is created

CHERUBS Welcoming Committees are created

CHERUBS Card Committees are created

CHERUBS Grant Committee is Created

CHERUBS Welcoming Committees are created

CHERUBS Totebag Committee is created

CHERUBS Library Committee is created

CHERUBS offer parents free web site graphics

CHERUBS 2000 Calendars are published

CHERUBS first Lock-In Fundraiser

CHERUBS first t-shirts and sweatshirts are created

CHERUBS first Christmas Fairy fundraiser

Newsletter Tribute fundraiser is started

CHERUBS membership grows to over 500 CDH families

2000
Our first CHERUBS International Member Conference is held in Orlando, Florida

Our first Australia National Member Get-together is held

Our first Ohio member picnic is held in Columbus, OH

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research Survey Results are published

CHERUBS first message boards were created

Cooking with Cherubs Volume II is published

Our first Ebay Auctions are held

Our first Celebrity Auction is held

Listservs were created for our various Committees

2001
Family Circle magazine contacts CHERUBS for input on a story of a cherub

CHERUBS petition for Certification of Ultrasound Technicians is started

Our first North Carolina member get-together is held outside of Charlotte, NC

Our first member Candlelighting Ceremony is held

CHERUBS CDH Video Committee is formed

CHERUBS Australia creates it's own national web site

Australia National Member Get-together is held

Ohio member picnic is held in Columbus, OH

CHERUBS reaches 1000 members

2002
CHERUBS moves into it's first office

Our first Alabama member get-together is held

Our first Texas member get-together is held

Our first United Kingdom National Member Get-together is held

Australia National Member Get-together is held

CHERUBS 2nd Celebrity Ebay Auction is held

Ohio member picnic is held in Columbus, OH

CHERUBS is contacted by Lifetime Televisions "Strong Medicine" for a CDH story line

CHERUBS membership grows to over 1000 CDH families


2003

Member Ebay Auction fundraiser is held

Australia National Member Get-together is held

United Kingdom National Member Get-together is held

Ohio member picnic is held in Columbus, OH


2004

CHERUBS UK is granted Non-Profit Status

Heidi Cadwell represents CDH parents at the International CDH Study Group Congress in Texas

CHERUBS Listservs were created for each state and country where we have members

CHERUBS cafepress store is launched

Australia National Member Get-together is held

United Kingdom National Member Get-together is held

Ohio member picnic is held in Columbus, OH

CHERUBS 2005 Calendars are published

CHERUBS Adopt A Cherub Link Program was started


2005
CHERUBS submits research data for inclusion in the International CDH Study Group Congress in Germany

Ohio member picnic is held in Columbus, OH

United Kingdom National Member Get-together is held

Australia National Member Get-together is held

CHERUBS membership grows to over 1500 CDH families

2006
"Stories of Cherubs" is published

CHERUBS new web site is started

Ohio member picnic is held in Columbus, OH

Australia National Member Get-together is held

United Kingdom National Member Get-together is held


2007

With several other support groups, CHERUBS joins the Alliance of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Organizations

CHERUBS Australia files for Non-Profit Status

CHERUBS Board of Directors welcomes 3 new members

Angels for CHERUBS is started

CHERUBS New Member Coordinator position is created

CHERUBS new web site goes live

CHERUBS offers parents personal photo albums on-line

CHERUBS offers parents personal web blogs

CHERUBS offers dads their own forum

CHERUBS offers grandparents their own forum

CHERUBS Angel Ball Committee is formed

CHERUBS Golf Tournament planning begins

Ohio member picnic is held in Columbus, OH

Australia National Member Get-together is held

United Kingdom National Member Get-together is held

Michigan get-together is held in Flint, MI

CHERUBS Posting Contest Started

ATV Rally Planned

CDH / NICU Baby Book Committee formed

Trick-or-Treat for CHERUBS Fundraiser started

CHERUBS begins affiliate relationship with GoodSearch.com

First Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Information Packet Party held

CHERUBS undergoes an NC State Department audit and investigation and passes with flying colors

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Ribbon Created

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Jewelry designing begins

CDH Awareness Logo created

CHERUBS Myspace Page created

CHERUBS Facebook Page created

CHERUBS Blogger Account created

CHERUBS Live Space created

CHERUBS Car Wash is held

CHERUBS Truffle Sale is held

CHERUBS is listed with Wikipedia

Children's Holiday Card Drawing Contest

Christmas Raffle Idea begun

Donation Jar Idea begun

Christmas Fundraising Posters for Stores Idea begun

<>Valentine's Day Fundraising Posters for Stores Idea begun

CHERUBS membership grows to over 2000 CDH families

CHERUB Web Site averages 300,000 hits per MONTH



Coming in 2008


CHERUBS name changed to CHERUBS - The Association of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research, Awareness and Support

CHERUBS becomes Incorporated

2008 International Member Conference

Angel Ball

Golf Tournament

Ohio Member Picnic

Michigan Member Get-Together

North Carolina Member Get-Together

Grieving Parents Get-Together

ATV Rally




Thursday, September 27, 2007

CHERUBS CDH Support Group



New Site:

www.cdhsupport.org

Over 1800 families and 100 doctors affected by Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
Blogs, Photo Albums, Stories of patients, CDH Information, forums and much more!