About the Pennsylvania Chapter
The Children’s Heart Foundation Pennsylvania Chapter was formed in 2008 to support CHF’s mission- to fund the most promising CHD research. We support this effort by hosting fundraisers across Pennsylvania. We are all volunteers, working together to fund the research that will save and improve the lives of heart children.
Hopping for Hearts, which took place May 3, 2007 in Newtown Square, was the first fundraiser Pennsylvania for the Children’s Heart Foundation. One heart mom organized the event, and two heart families attended. Since then, we have held other family events, formal events, and golf outings. Our network of heart families, medical professionals, corporate partners and philanthropists grows every year.
The Pennsylvania Chapter is committed to doing whatever we can do to give every heart child a promising future. We are grateful for all the support we have received over the years, and we look forward to making an even greater impact.
About Congenital Heart Defects (CHD)
A Congenital Heart Defect is a problem with the heart’s structure that is present at birth. There are more than 40 different types of congenital heart defects. Little is known about the cause, and there is no known prevention or cure. CHD’s are the most common and deadly birth defect in the world. Nearly 1 in 100 babies is born with a CHD and many will not reach their first birthday. Given the prevalence of the disease, research is grossly underfunded and awareness is still needed. CHF is working to change this.
About The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF)
Established by Betsy Peterson in 1996, The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) is the country’s leading organization solely committed to fund congenital heart research. Since 1996 CHF has independently funded 71 research projects with $9.1 million. In addition, CHF has co-funded 26 research projects with over $3.2 million with the American Heart Association through the CHD Research Awards. In total, CHF has funded 99 research projects with over $10.6 million.
CHF is a national 501(c)(3) tax‐exempt charitable organization that does not receive any government funding. The goal of the foundation is to bring health, hope and happiness to children and families impacted by congenital heart defects, the most common birth defect in the United States. This objective is accomplished by funding the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects. For more information, please visit: www.childrensheartfoundation.org.