Recently in Durham, CHERUBS, an international children's charity headquartered in Wake Forest, received $30,000 as part of the APX Gives Back Project. This cash presentation is part of the nationwide APX Alarm Gives Back Project where more than 375 nonprofit organizations competed over the past few months through voting on Facebook. CHERUBS won first place regionally and second place nationally.
CHERUBS serves families of babies affected by Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH). CDH is a birth defect that occurs when the diaphragm fails to fully form, allowing abdominal organs into the chest cavity and preventing lung growth. More than 600,000 babies have been born with CDH worldwide since 2000. Fifty percent of babies born with CDH do not survive. The cause is not known.
Both Duke and UNC are highly-rated care centers for babies born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia and we value our ties to both of these institutions and to our community here in the Triangle. CHERUBS was dreamed up in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Duke when the founders met while their sons were patients in 1993. It was founded two years later in 1995 with the support and encouragement of a pediatric surgeon at UNC Chapel Hill. CHERUBS is the world's first and largest organization for CDH, helping families in 38 countries. Our charity offers dozens of free services for families, promotes CDH awareness through our national Save the Cherubs campaign, and we are currently working with three congressional sponsors for $50 million in National Institutes of Health funding for CDH research. This prize from APX doubled its annual budget.