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The Children’s Heart Foundation Michigan Chapter Welcomes New President
Melonie Stothers, a Troy resident, transitions into the role of
CHF MI Chapter President

Detroit, MI (January 7, 2016) – The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) is the country’s leading organization solely committed to funding congenital heart research. Congenital heart defects (CHD) are the most common birth defect in the U.S., affecting approximately 1 in 100 births. The Michigan Chapter of The Children’s Heart Foundation is excited to announce their new President, Melonie Stothers, effective January 1, 2016.

Stothers, a Troy resident and long-time Board Member, says she’s looking forward to leading the chapter into its next phase of development and outreach. “I am honored to have been chosen by the Board to lead CHF Michigan into its next phase of growth”, said Stothers. “We have a great group of people excited to bring for new projects and fundraising to the community and 2016 promises to be a wonderful year for CHF!”

The Chapter’s Founder, Sally Powers, has transitioned into the role of Immediate Past President and will continue to serve on CHF’s National Executive Committee and Board of Directors. “It’s been a privilege working with so many amazing people in our CHD community, local organizations, businesses, and hospitals—all who have given their time, passion and resources to help fund life-saving CHD research,” said Powers. “I’m grateful to everyone who has supported our mission over the years, and I look forward to continuing to work with the organization as we strive to provide a more hopeful future for families impacted by congenital heart defects.”

Under Powers’ leadership, the chapter formed in 2010 and was registered as a 501C3 nonprofit in the state of Michigan in 2012. Powers also spearheaded “The Congenital Heart Walk of SE Michigan” in 2011, which has grown into the country’s top fundraising Congenital Heart Walk, having raised over $437,600 in the fight against congenital heart disease.

Stothers plans to continue to grow the chapter in new and meaningful ways. Stothers stated: “CHF is not just a charity doing great work for the medical community; it brings hope to families across the globe -families like my own. In 2013, after my then four-year-old had survived three open-heart surgeries and seven heart catheterizations, we were told there was nothing left to help her failing heart. Science had not come far enough. Through the work of CHF, I hope to fund research that will end the need for any parent to have that conversation.”

For more information about The Children’s Heart Foundation Michigan Chapter, visit or To find out how you can get involved, email [email protected].

Please note The Children’s Heart Foundation Michigan Chapter has a new address and telephone number:
The Children’s Heart Foundation Michigan Chapter
P.O. Box 1808
Troy, Michigan 48099
(248) 385-2430

View PDF version here: CHF MI Chapter President Announcement.






Contact: Sally Powers / 248-410-3165 / [email protected]

Whole Foods Market teams up with The Children’s Heart Foundation to help fund life-saving research for children with heart defects “One Dime at a Time”.

Oakland Country, MI—Whole Foods Markets in Oakland County have chosen The Children’s Heart Foundation Michigan Chapter as the benefiting charity of their “One Dime at a Time” campaign from April 14 through July 6, 2014. This program provides an incentive for customers to “go green” by eliminating single-use grocery bags and build stronger communities by supporting the work of a local charity all at the same time. For a program that can make a big impact, the idea is simple.

Whole Foods Market shoppers who bring their own reusable grocery bags to the checkout counter will receive a 10 cent per bag refund. Customers will be given the option to take that refund as cash back or to donate it to the Michigan Chapter of The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF). All donations to CHF Michigan will go to support the foundation’s mission, which is to fund the most-promising research to help advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects in children. Congenital heart defects are the #1 birth defect in America and the #1 cause of all birth defect related deaths in infants. For more information on CHF and congenital heart disease, visit

All three Oakland county locations (West Bloomfield, Troy and Rochester Hills) will run the “One Dime at a Time” program benefitting CHF from April 14through July 6. To participate, make sure to bring your reusable shopping bags when visiting your neighborhood Whole Foods Market. And if you or a family member has been impacted by congenital heart disease, please let the cashiers and store manager know that you are a heart family and appreciate their support! For more information on Whole Foods Market and the One Dime at a Time program, visit



Contact: Sally Powers, CHF Co-­‐Chair,[email protected]

Cortney Barnett, ACHA Co-­‐Chair,[email protected]

Michigan Congenital Heart Walk raises over $100,000 for CHD research and services

Hundreds of families from across Michigan joined together on Sunday, September 29th at Depot Park in Clarkston to walk through the historic village streets in honor of children and adults born with congenital heart disease (CHD). The fundraising event raised $100,000 for medical research and support for survivors, setting a new campaign record for the Congenital Heart Walks. Michigan is one of 25 Congenital Heart Walk sites across the country and the first to raise $100,000 in vital funds.

In its fourth year, The Congenital Heart Walk ( is a joint effort between the Adult Congenital Heart Association and The Children’s Heart Foundation. This national walk campaign is the largest grassroots fundraiser in the U.S. created specifically to honor and remember the millions who have been impacted by congenital heart disease. One out of 100 babies is born with a congenital heart defect, making CHD’s the most common birth defect in the United States. The Walk raises awareness and funds vital research, education, support, and advocacy programs in the fight against CHD.

Walkers in attendance rallied before the walk in anticipation of a special announcement by guest speaker Keri Urquhart, nurse educator from the Michigan Department of Community Health. Urquhart broke news that Michigan would officially become the 32nd state to mandate pulse oximetry screening on all newborns for critical congenital heart defects beginning April 1, 2014. Guest speaker Kevin Gordon, board member for the Adult Congenital Heart Association, spoke about the need for better medical care and services for adults living with the disease. The event also included music, family entertainment, food and refreshments, and awards for the top fundraisers and most spirited teams.

“We are thrilled that so many families joined us for the Congenital Heart Walk—this was our largest turn-­‐out to date. I’m just in awe of their motivation and passion. These families worked extremely hard to raise vital dollars in the fight against congenital heart disease,” said Sally Powers, Walk Co-­‐Chair and President of The Children’s Heart Foundation Michigan Chapter. “The Walk is also a chance for families impacted by CHD from all over the state to come together, raise awareness and support one another. It was an inspiring day!”

For more information or to donate online to a Congenital Heart Walk, please click here.





Bill Foley, The Children’s Heart Foundation


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CHF Funded Nearly $600,000 in Medical Research 

The Children’s Heart Foundation continues to fund the most promising Congenital Heart Defect research across the country and in Canada

LINCOLNSHIRE, IL (January 2, 2013) –  Congenital Heart Defects are the number one birth defect in the world, affecting about 1 in 100 births. The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) is the country’s leading organization solely committed to fund congenital heart research.

“Research currently being funded by CHF continues to have an impact on the 40,000 children born in the U.S. with a CHD each year”, said Bill Foley, Executive Director of The Children’s Heart Foundation.

Through fundraising efforts and corporate partnerships in 2012, CHF is proud to announce funding nearly $600,000 in CHD research across the country. Since 1996, CHF has funded 52 research projects with more than $5.3 million.

Two projects received second year funding:

  • Daniel Bernstein (Stanford Medical Center):  “Micro RNAs Unique to the Stressed Right Ventricle”
  • Jeffrey P. Jacobs (The Congenital Heart Institute of Florida):  “Linking the Congenital Heart Surgery Database of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons with the Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society Database”

Four projects received new funding:

  • Brian W. McCrindle, M.D., MPH (The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto): “Late Functional Status of a cohort of Survivors with Critical Aortic Stenosis: A Congenital Heart Surgeons Society Study”
  • Andrew C. Glatz, M.D. (The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia): “Efficacy and durability of embolization of systemic-to-pulmonary collateral vessels in superior cavo-pulmonary connection patients prior to Fontan completion”
  • Douglas Cowan, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D (Children’s Hospital Boston): “Development of a Cell-based therapy for Congenital Complete Heart Block”
  • Conrad Epting. (Northwestern University): “Transcriptional Profiling of Pediatric Cardiac Stem Cells”

“CHF is proud to support these investigators representing world class institutions across the United States and Canada,” said Foley.

About The Children’s Heart Foundation

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 funded 52 research projects with more than $5.3 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:

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