About the Michigan Chapter
The Michigan Chapter was created in 2010 to support the mission of funding CHD research at the state level, as well as advocate for Michigan families and raise CHD awareness. It’s our hope that with increased research funding and awareness, no family ever has to face the devastation of losing a child to congenital heart disease. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for all children and adults affected by CHD. Please join us. There are many ways to become involved. Email CHF Michigan at [email protected]
Watch this video to learn more about CHF MI!
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.
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 comprehensive information on CHF, the research it funds and how, visit the national website.
What is a congenital heart defect?
A Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) is a problem with the heart’s structure that is present at birth. There are more than 40 different types of congenital heart defects. CHD’s are the most common and deadly birth defect in the U.S. and in every country. Nearly 1 in 100 babies is born with a CHD (that’s one baby every fifteen minutes in our country). Sadly, many children 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.
Click on the facts for more info about congenital heart defects. Know the warning signs and methods of detection. Click here to order the CHF parent and patient resource guide, It’s My Heart. To order the documentary “The Heart of the Matter” (a comprehensive look at CHD from childhood/diagnosis to adulthood) visit the film’s website. All proceeds from the documentary go to fund research.