Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Soap star Patsy Pease from Days Of Our Lives helping local charity in national contest to win $100,000 for critically ill babies

From MyNC.com - http://wake.mync.com/site/wake/Community/story/54414

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CHERUBS is a local charity, based in Wake Forest. We are currently battling between 1st and 2nd place in a national contest on Facebook for $100,000.

Patsy Pease is the celebrity spokesperson for CHERUBS, having a son who survived CDH.Patsy has been helping us through Facebook to get votes.

The Raleigh News & Observer did a piece on us in Sunday's paper.

The APX contest ends THIS week. We need all the local support and help that we can get. $100,000 would more than triple our charity's small annual budget—we help families in 38 countries so we need funds desperately for research and family support. CHERUBS also has 2 projects in the Pepsi Refresh contest

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia is a birth defect that occurs in 1 in 2500 babies; as common as Cystic Fibrosis and Spina Bifida. Over 600,000 babies have been born with CDH since 2000—it has taken the lives of over a quarter million of these children. It occurs when the diaphragm fails to fully form, allowing abdominal organs into the chest cavity and preventing lung growth. 50% of these babies do not survive. The cause is not known. CHERUBS is the world's first and largest CDH charity and was founded right here in the Triangle in 1995 after my own son spent his first 10 months in the intesive care unit at Duke and then many subsequent hospitalizations at both Duke and UNC until he passed away at age 6. Please consider doing a piece on this story—we so need the votes and awareness for CDH. Thank you so much for your time and assistance

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