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
"Like many children growing up with CHDs, I always wondered whether I would be around to see my 25th birthday. If you would have told me I would be 31 years old and living an otherwise completely healthy life, I would have told you that you were crazy. But here I am today and aside from my many great doctors, I only have The Children’s Heart Foundation to thank."
- Billy Lyman, Heart Warrior & Volunteer
"We support The Children’s Heart Foundation because we wouldn’t have had that summer and 16.5 months with Kane without modern day medicine and medical advancements. Our wish is for families to have more hope than fear, and more summers together."
- Lindsay O'Brien, Mom of Heart Angel, Kane
Is CHD research important to you and your family? Share your story with us.