Welcome to PCHA – Illinois

The Pediatric Congenital Heart Association’s mission is to “Conquer Congenital Heart Disease.” We are accomplishing this through collaboration with patients, parents, providers, and partner organizations to improve quality and outcomes through CHD education, support, 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.


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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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CDH Meet & Greet – Guest Speaker Christina Payton
When: Thursday, September 7th, 2017, 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Central DuPage Hospital
25 North Winfield Road, Winfield, Illinois 60190 1st floor pediatric outpatient center
What: Join us for a Meet & Greet with guest speaker Christina Payton.
Questions? Contact aruud@conqueringchd.org

Asher’s Softball Game – Team Asher vs. Team PCHA-IL
When: Sunday, September 10, 2017, 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Where: 334 E Beech Dr. Schaumburg, Illinois 60193
What: Join us for our annual family fun softball game! Food, soft drinks and birthday cake honoring Heart Warrior Asher that would have turned 5 years old this year. In celebrating Asher’s 5th Birthday we are asking everyone attending this free event to bring a birthday gift to remember heart warrior Asher while helping two amazing nonprofits.

*Neutral color Stuffed Animal and Children’s Books, must be new. They will be given to children in the hospital

Questions? If you are interested in playing for Team PCHA-IL, please contact mtoth@conqueringchd.org

Advocate Park Ridge Meet & Greet – Back to School
When: Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Where: Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
1775 Dempster St, Park Ridge, Illinois 60068
Yacktman Children’s Pavilion – second floor library
What: Join us for a Back to School Meet & Greet
Questions? Contact us at PCHA.IL@conqueringchd.org


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 / Communications – Jennifer Weiner
Outreach Coordinator – Melanie Toth
Adult Coordinator / State Officer – Carol Raimondi
Bereavement –  Jenny Lovejoy & Gina Peters

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