Welcome to PCHA – Illinois

The Pediatric Congenital Heart Association’s mission is to Conquer CHD.  We are founded on the key purpose to be the resounding voice of the pediatric patient population and are accomplishing this through collaboration with patients, parents, providers, and partner organizations in order to improve quality and outcomes through CHD education, research and awareness.

For more information about congenital heart disease, please visit our home page.

Congenital Heart Network

The Congenital Heart Network is a program of PCHA, aimed at improving the lives of those with congenital heart disease and their families through direct support and education – meeting families where they are.  Through local activities like peer-to-peer support, care package distribution and educational materials, we are working directly with patients, families and medical professionals impacting one life at a time. Get connected to a group near you.

For more information about our ConqueringCHD Kits care package program, click here. (coming soon!)

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“We can do more, together.”  Whether you are in a place where you just need someone to talk to, or you find that you are ready to give back, there is a spot for you at PCHA.

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For more information specifically about the Illinois chapter, email PCHA.IL@conqueringchd.org

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Upcoming Events and Activities

Don’t miss out on these great opportunities to get involved!
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Meet and Greet Guest Speaker
When: June 8th 6pm-8pm
Where: Advocate Children’s Hospital, 1775 Dempster St, 60068 Park Ridge, IL. Sasser Conference Room – 10th Floor 
What: Speaker Dr. Greg Webster from Ann & Robert H. Lire’s Children’s will discuss pacemakers/ICDs and rhythm issue. Event is free.
Contact:  jweiner@conqueringchd.org for more information

Heart Family Fun Maryknoll Splash Pad
When: June 17th 2pm
Where: Maryknoll Splash Pad, 845 Pershing Avenue, Glen Ellyn, IL.
What: This is a heart family free event including splash pad admission. There will be no food served, please bring your own picnic lunch. *If you bring a new heart family to join PCHA, you will receive a prize!
Contact: aruud@conqueringchd.org for more information

3rd Annual – Sunday with the SOXS
When: August 27th 11:10am-4pm
Where: Guaranteed Rate Field, 333 W. 35th Street, Chicago. IL.
What: Join us for tailgating before the game, heart warrior throwing first pitch and running bases after the game. Get game tickets here!

Contact: aconnors@conqueringchd.org for more information

Hearing the news “there’s something wrong with baby’s heart” can be devastating.  Even with successful intervention, CHD requires ongoing and sometimes intensive, medical care. Your donation helps in so many ways.  It is more than our ability to hold the hand of the parent who fears for the life of their child with a reassuring “I’ve been there.” It’s providing the knowledge and hope they need to make important decisions for their child.  It’s helping families navigate childhood and, perhaps more importantly, all the changes that come with transitioning to independent adults.  It’s about empowering the adults with congenital heart disease who are facing new, unexpected challenges as they are pioneering the way as survivors.

By clicking the button below – you will make a contribution to the Congenital Heart Network Fund.  As a program of the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association, this fund provides you with the opportunity to direct your money back to the state chapter, or support the network, nationally.

Please give generously.


We are Conquering CHD

Callie Morefield

Jennifer Weiner

JJ Merryman

Luke Toth

Contact Us:

Chapter President – Alison Connors
Treasurer – Ashley Ruud

Secretary – Melanie Toth
Communications – Jennifer Weiner
Officer – Carol Raimondi