Dear Friends of CHF,
As National President of The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF), I am excited to be a part of our terrific group of volunteers as well as our small but mighty staff. We are excited to continue raising money to fund the most promising research for Congenital Heart Defects. Our founder, Betsy Peterson, has provided guidance and leadership for our Foundation for the past 20 years. Having just returned from our annual Medical Advisory Board meeting as well as our planning session with our Chapter President’s and key volunteers, we know that we will raise more money than ever before for Congenital Heart Defect research. This gathering impressed upon me once again so many important components of CHF. First, we fill an important and needed function in providing funding for researchers trying to make advancements in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects. Second, I was once again touched and amazed by the stories and efforts of our Chapter Presidents and staff who work tirelessly to make this organization great. Third, our Medical Advisory Board, led by Chairperson Dr. Jennifer Romano, are a dedicated group of surgeons, cardiologists and scientists that works very closely with the volunteers to ensure that we are achieving our mission to fund the most promising research. Collaboration with other organizations in the congenital heart defect landscape is an incredibly important opportunity. Examples of collaboration include:
• Congenital Heart Walks – fundraising held across the United States in collaboration with the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA)
• Advocacy – Legislative Conference in Washington, DC in collaboration with the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association (PCHA) & the ACHA
• Research Funding - Our partnership with the American Heart Association with joint research projects that will fund $22.5 million over a seven year period (2014 – 2021).
Thank you for your time and interest as we look forward to having many more join our efforts!
Tamara S. Thomas
National Board President