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

Join our online chat networks to connect with individuals and families with similar experiences.

State Chat- Conquering CHD- Illinois Chat Group

Spanish Chat-Estamos Conquistando CHD 

Teen/Adult-Conquering CHD for Teen/Adults

Bereaved Families-Bereaved Hearts Illinois


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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 and Marie Weller

    Events Coordinator - Ashley Ruud

    Teen/Adult Co-Coordinator - Carol Raimondi

    Teen/Adult Co-Coordinator - Teresa Quarino

    Inventory Coordinator - Katie O'Kelly

    Volunteer Coordinator - Sarah Pekoc

    Peoria Lead Coordinator - Danielle Hibberd


    Mail us at:

    Conquering CHD - Illinois

    P.O. Box 1094 Elgin, IL 60121


    PCHA State Chapter
    PCHA State Chapter