Placing Children at the Heart of Research
Our vision is a world in which everyone born with a congenital heart defect has the chance to live a long, healthy life, and that eventually, CHDs will be eradicated altogether.
That's why we are dedicated to funding research to advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of CHDs.
With the help of our volunteers and supporters, we are making great progress. Since The Children's Heart Foundation began funding CHD research more than 22 years ago, survival rates, longevity, and quality of life have dramatically improved for CHD patients. Because of this, The Children's Heart Foundation has added important research focus on developmental, transitional, and long term care needs affecting the millions of Americans with CHDs who now live longer lives. The research we fund positively impacts all CHD patients.
Because of continued research into CHDs, scientists are:
Our Impact Report shows how much we've accomplished in the fight against CHDs because of you, our generous supporters. View our 2017-2018 Impact Report here.
Stories like these inspire us to continue funding research and looking for answers:
"By funding research into what causes congenital heart defects and how to better treat people living with them, we are laying the groundwork for more children with CHDs to survive into adulthood."
- Bradley Marino, MD, MPP, MSCE, of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
"In 2013, after my then four-year-old had survived three open-heart surgeries and seven heart catheterizations, we were told there was nothing left to help her failing heart. Science had not come far enough. Through the work of CHF, I hope to fund research that will end the need for any parent to have that conversation.”
- Melonie Stothers, CHF Volunteer
“Private funding such as that provided by The Children's Heart Foundation has become absolutely essential in the pursuit of new knowledge that will help give CHD patients and families a higher quality of life.”
- Joseph Forbess, MD, MBA, of Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
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