Thursday, May 23, 2013

CHERUBS 2013 CDH Scholarships

Two $1000 scholarships will be awarded this year in memory of cherub Oz Kidd-Ward.

Applications are accepted each year between March 1 and June 24th and must be accompanied by the following applicable items:

·      High school transcript(s) or Recent Report Card with GPA
·      College Acceptance Letter(s)
·      Two letters of recommendation.  Letters must be dated within the last three months.

Rewards are granted on merit without regard to race, religion, creed, sex, national origin or disability status.  All applicants must be a current member of CHERUBS or have a parent that is a registered member of CHERUBS.  The CHERUBS CDH Scholarship is not available to children of members on the CHERUBS Executive Board or the CHERUBS Parent Advisory Board (CPAB).  Winner(s) will be announced at the International Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Conference on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston, MA

For more information:
CHERUBS - Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH): CHERUBS 2013 CDH Scholarships

Friday, May 17, 2013

CHERUBS Partners with Groupon Grassroots for the HOPE Totebag Initiative

CHERUBS Partners with Groupon Grassroots for the HOPE Totebag Initiative
to provide totebag care packages to families either expecting a child with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) or currently have a child in the hospital with CDH.

Chicago, IL – Today CHERUBS and Groupon Grassroots (, the philanthropic arm of Groupon, announce the launch of a local campaign to raise much needed funds to support the HOPE Totebag project.

The HOPE Totebag campaign will be available on the Chicago, IL Groupon Grassroots page beginning on 30, May and running through 9, June. Utilizing Groupon Grassroots’ collective action model, Groupon subscribers can pledge support for the Hope Totebag initiative in increments of $10, with each $50 covering the cost of the totebag care package for 1 family. 

“We’re excited to leverage the collective action model of Groupon Grassroots to raise support for the HOPE Totebag project,” said Neil Rubenstein, Illinois Rep for CHERUBS. “We look forward to creating new awareness for CHERUBS as one of the local organizations in Chicago to be featured on Groupon Grassroots.”

One hundred percent of the Groupon Grassroots campaign proceeds will be used to provide much needed funding to keep this project going.  It costs CHERUBS approximately $50 in product and postage to mail each totebag.  Typically, CHERUBS mails about 30 totebags per month.  The totebags contains items such as blankets, disposable camera, gas cards, and other welcome items that parents often don’t think about before a lengthy NICU stay.  CDH babies can be hospitalized in the NICU for 6 months or longer.

CHERUBS currently has over 4,200 members in all 50 states and in over 60 countries.  1 in every 2500 pregnancies results in a CDH diagnosis.  Unfortunately, there are over 52,000 children diagnosed with CDH every year around the world.  There is only a 50% survival rate for children born with this birth defect.  
CHERUBS is the world's first, oldest, and largest CDH non-profit organization.  CHERUBS is truly a grassroots organization - CDH families creating something out of nothing when there was no other CDH group, information and services in 1995.  CHERUBS was created to make sure that no family endures Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia without support or accurate information.  For more information on CHERUBS, visit

About Groupon Grassroots
Groupon Grassroots, launched in July 2010 in Chicago as G-Team, features local campaigns nationwide, enabling Groupon followers to do good, have fun, and make a real impact in their communities. Groupon Grassroots uses collective action to gather support for worthwhile causes and produce tangible results for local organizations. To learn more about Groupon Grassroots and how to become a featured organization, visit To subscribe to Groupon, visit

Press Contacts:
Neil Rubenstein
Erin Yeager