About The Texas Chapter
This Chapter has been developed by a group of loving and dedicated moms, whose lives have been dramatically changed with the knowledge of their child and/or children’s new medical needs. We hope that with this new information, fellow parents with “heart children” will still find a sense of hope and encouragement.
We encourage family, friends and those interested in joining us in the fight to change our children’s lives can join us here at The Children’s Heart Foundation, Texas Chapter.
About Congenital Heart Defects (CHD)
A Congenital Heart Defect is a problem with the heart’s structure that is present at birth. There are more than 40 different types of congenital heart defects. Little is known about the cause, and there is no known prevention or cure. CHD’s are the most common and deadly birth defect in the world. Nearly 1 in 100 babies is born with a CHD and many 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.
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.
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: www.childrensheartfoundation.org.