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Pediatric Congenital Heart Association-IL

1 in every 100 newborns are born with congenital heart disease, making it the most common birth defect. That means every 15 minutes a new CHD story begins, altering the course of a family’s life in unpredictable ways for a lifetime.

www.conqueringchd.org/illinois Tax ID 81-5401105

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Conquering CHD (formerly Pediatric Congenital Heart Association) exists to conquer the most common birth defect. They engage, listen, learn and act. They create visibility and empower all impacted by congenital heart disease, accomplishing this through awareness, knowledge, community, and research.


Through our State Chapters we are able to give knowledge, give a voice and give hope, directly meeting the comprehensive, lifelong needs of patients with congenital heart disease and their families through support, education, advocacy and research programming.


Local activities include:

-Conquering CHD Kits offering critical information and a personal connection for patients with CHD of all ages through individualized care packages 

-Online chat networks bringing people with similar experiences together

-In-person peer support offering patients and families encouragement and insight from someone who has walked a similar path

-Social events providing a safe environment to celebrate life and simple joys together

-Physician education improving understanding of congenital heart disease from the patient and family perspective

-Research promotion and participation helping promising developments become reality 

-Advocacy activities sharing our stories to improve federal research funding.