Monday, July 11, 2011

Daily CDH Vote Reminder - Meet Cherub Ava Elaine Dickerson

Please Vote Today - This is your daily vote reminder to help babies born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia!

CHERUBS is participating the Vivint Gives Back Contest on Facebook and we need your votes!    How to vote:

1. Go to and "Like" Vivint

2. Go to and click the Vote button

3. Log in through Facebook and Vote!

4. Repeat #2 and #3 daily through August 27, 2011

Contest Update - Holding in 3rd with over 40,000 votes!  Only 6 weeks left to win $250,000 for CDH babies! 

Contest Voter Tip Of The Day - Do you have a blog or carepage?  Share information about the contest and ask your followers to vote!

More Contest Info - visit for information on how you can win prizes in our voter raffle, the contest video, free graphics, learn where the money would go to help CDH babies and more.

Did You Know? - CDH can occur alone or with other birth defects.  In a small percentage of cases, CDH occurs with a syndrome such as Fryn's, Trisomy 18 or others.   We encourage all CDH families to seek genetic counseling.

Meet Our Cherubs!  - Ava Elaine was diagnosed with CDH two weeks before birth.  Her valiant fight for life began on 10/22/10 at Children's in Dallas, TX.  Ava went on ECMO on day 2 and a successful had repair surgery on day 7 after overcoming a brain hemorrhage and blood clot.  She Sweet Ava drew a close-knit family even closer, made everyone who knew her want to hold their children tighter and captured the hearts of many.  Ava earned her wings on the 47th day as heaven welcomed a beautiful angel.

"Ava was endowed with a unique grace that those who knew her could feel. Perhaps she was a vehicle for a greater force or maybe she possessed a larger-than-life charisma. Ava made me want to be a better doctor, to push beyond the limits of my usual practice, to find new solutions to intractable problems. She made me want to make others care deeply for her, too. She brought a team closer together than ever in our experience at Children's. Surgeons, pediatricians, ECMO specialists, nurses, and respiratory therapists worked hand in glove to try to save Ava. She was the center of our universe, we mere planets with a skill or two." ~ Dr. Thomas, Children's Medical Center. 

Fly High and Breathe Easy, Sweet Ava.

- written by Ava's mom, Jennifer Rohde Dickerson

Thank you all for your support and your votes to help CDH babies!

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

Public 501(c)III non-profit organization serving over 3000 CDH families in 38 countries.  Searching for the cause, prevention and best treatments of CDH since 1995.

Phone - 919-610-0129          E-mail -

Mailing Address - 3650 Rogers Rd #290, Wake Forest, NC 27587, USA

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