The Oregon Chapter was formed to help CHF fulfill its mission by riasing awareness and money to fund CHD research. We also hope to raise awareness of the profound need for such research. The Oregon Chapter was formed by Joe and Aimee Mooney and a group of their friends and family, shortly after their son Finn was born with a CHD. Aimee and Joe once asked Finn’s doctor how the they could help and how they could get involved, and he had one answer – fund research. With the advances in surgery that has been funded in recent decades, children’s hearts can be repaired.
The Children’s Heart Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and is the only national organization exclusively focused on funding the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects. Medical advisers from around the United States review grant applications for research funding and make decisions based on quality, innovation and promise of 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 (should we say over $3.2 or nearly $3.3?) million with the American Heart Association through the CHD Research Awards. In total, CHF has funded 99 research projects with over $10.6 million.
Nearly twice as many children die from congenital heart defects each year in the United States as from all forms of childhood cancer combined yet pediatric cancer research receives nearly five times the funding. As a result, young lives are lost or significantly compromised. It is our profound hope that we can help make a difference for the children and their families affected by CHD.
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