Welcome to Conquering CHD - Illinois

Conquering CHD's mission is to “Conquer Congenital Heart Disease.” We are accomplishing this through collaboration with patients, parents, providers, and partner organizations to improve quality and outcomes through CHD education, support, research, and awareness.

The Conquering CHD - Illinois chapter is a program of Conquering CHD, aimed at improving the lives of those with congenital heart disease and their families through direct support and education – meeting families where they are.



*This State Chapter has received the 2019 Excellence Award for outstanding performance in support of our mission.

About Us

Through our State Chapters we are able to give knowledge, give a voice and give hope, directly meeting the comprehensive, lifelong needs of patients with congenital heart disease and their families through support, education, advocacy and research programming.

Local activities include:

  • Conquering CHD Kits offering critical information and a personal connection for patients with CHD of all ages through individualized care packages
  • Online chat networks bringing people with similar experiences together
  • In-person peer support offering patients and families encouragement and insight from someone who has walked a similar path
  • Social events providing a safe environment to celebrate life and simple joys together
  • Physician education improving understanding of congenital heart disease from the patient and family perspective
  • Research promotion and participation helping promising developments become reality
  • Advocacy activities sharing our stories to improve federal research funding
PCHA State Chapter
PCHA State Chapter
PCHA State Chapter

Get Connected

For more information specifically about the Illinois chapter, email

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Conquering CHD-Illinois is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization.

Our tax exempt or EIN number is: 81-5401105


For additional documentation of our tax exempt status, please contact 


Please give generously to support our state chapter activities.

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Meet the Illinois Volunteer Board

President – Karen Grossich

Vice President Shuntae Williams

Treasurer – Amit Shah
Secretary / Communications – Kate Pogorzelski

Events Coordinator Ashley Ruud

Teen/Adult Coordinator – Teresa Quarino

Inventory Coordinators Katie O'Kelly

Board Member – Carol Raimondi

Bereaved Hearts Connect with heart families who have lost a loved one to Congenital Heart Disease

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Mail us at:

Conquering CHD - Illinois

P.O. Box 1094 Elgin, IL 60121