Tuesday, January 11, 2011

$25,000 Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Family Assistance Fund


Dear Members,

CHERUBS is in our last month in Pepsi Refresh before we take a much needed voting break.   We have 1 last chance to win some money to help families and we are pushing just 1 project - $25,000 for the CDH Family Assistance Fund.

You can vote 5 ways:

1. at Pepsi's site - http://www.refresheverything.com/cdhfamilies

2. by text - text 101202 to 73774 (pepsi)

3. by Facebook Application - http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=263136462520

4. by iphone - http://ax.itunes.apple.com/us/app/pepsi-refresh-everything/id398265175?mt=8#ls=1

5. by android - http://www.androidzoom.com/android_applications/lifestyle/pepsi-refresh-project_nfii.html

http://www.voteforcdh.org will take you directly to the Pepsi page also.

Don't forget to vote for our friends at Vote for Kids Health - 9 other great charities who need your votes and who are voting for us - http://www.voteforkidshealth.org

What will this grant do?

The CDH Family Assistance Fund helps families with the expenses incurred traveling for medical care for very high-risk pregnancies and critically ill newborns. Often families have to travel 100's of miles to hospitals that are equipped to handle babies born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) and that provide ECMO, a heart and lung bypass machine, if needed. Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia occurs when the diaphragm fails to fully form, allowing abdominal organs into the chest cavity and preventing lung growth. 50% of babies born with CDH do not survive. The cause of CDH is not known, but it is as common as Cystic Fibrosis and Spina Bifida. Every 10 minutes a baby is born with CDH - adding up to over half a million babies since 2000. The hospital stay for a severely affected baby can be as long as 1 year. With the medical bills and emotional stress that these families go through, we want to offer a little help with making travel easier and affordable.

How will the 25K be Used?

100% of the $25,000 will be used to help CDH families in need.  100%.

$ 10,000 500 $20 gas cards
$ 5,000 10 $500 airline grants
$ 5,000 250 $20 grocery store gift cards
$ 2,500 125 $20 restaurant gift cards
$ 2,500 50 $50 hotel gift cards

Budget Notes: Most pediatric hospitals are affiliated with the Ronald McDonald House, which provides lodging for many of our families. Our request for hotel gift cards are for those traveling long distances overnight to reach a hospital or those rare times when a Ronald McDonald House does not have an empty room.

How else can you help?

- Vote.
- Post on Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Blogs, etc
- Forward this e-mail and ask others to vote in honor / memory of your cherub


Thank you for your continued support in helping CDH families!

Dawn M. Torrence Williamson
President & Founder

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

501(c)III non-profit organization serving over 3500 CDH families in 38 countries.  Searching for the cause, prevention and best treatments of CDH since 1995.


Phone - 919-610-0129
Fax - 815-425-9155
Mailing Address - 3650 Rogers Rd #290, Wake Forest, NC 27587, USA