Welcome to Conquering CHD - Illinois


At Conquering CHD - Illinois, we exist to conquer the most common birth defect. We engage, listen, learn, and act. We create visibility and empower all impacted by CHD. We accomplish this through awareness, knowledge, community, and research.



*This State Chapter has received the Honor Roll Award for outstanding performance in support of our mission for 2019 and 2020.




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 awareness, knowledge, community, 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 about the Illinois chapter, email illinois@conqueringchd.org. Join our online chat networks to connect with individuals and families with similar experiences:


Conquering CHD - Illinois Chat Group

Spanish Chat - Estamos Conquistando CHD

Conquering CHD for Teens/Adults

Bereaved Hearts of Illinois


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Upcoming Events and Activities

  • Upcoming Events and Activities


    Date: October 03, 2021 2:10pm Location: 333 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60616

    Join Conquering CHD - Illinois as we take over the Chicago White Sox Game on 10.3.21 at 2:10pm against the Detroit Tigers! We cannot wait to see you all at the game! This year we will have to for go our usual tailgate, but you are welcome to tailgate on your own! (Don’t worry, next year we will be back full force!) Use the link to purchase your tickets! Make sure you act fast as tickets are/will sell our fast! Let’s play ball! ⚾️ With large crowds expected for the remainder of the season, we have updated our parking policies at Guaranteed Rate Field. The following will go into effect on Friday, July 30 through the end of the season: Parking lots north of 35th Street (Lots A, B, C) will be dedicated to fans holding prepaid parking passes (red or green). Parking lots south of 35th Street (Lots E, F, L) are available for day-of-game parking purchases. Arrive early and avoid the rush! For the 2021 season, parking passes are $25, with the following exceptions: White Sox parking lots open approximately two hours prior to each game, unless noted otherwise.


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 illinois@conqueringchd.org.


You can learn more about our organization in our GuideStar profile.


Please give generously to support our state chapter activities!

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Meet the Illinois Volunteer Board

Chapter Vice President - Kate Pogorzelski

Chapter Treasurer - Maureseta Hawkins
Chapter Secretary - Maria Weller
Chapter Events Coordinator - Ashley Ruud

Chapter Fundraising Coordinator - Jen Skelley
Chapter Teen/Adult Coordinators - Heidi Peters & Teresa Quarino
Chapter Inventory Coordinator - Katie O'Kelly & Chris Hawkins
Chapter Volunteer Coordinator - Sarah Pekoc

Chapter Bereavement Coordinator - Sarah Shields

Chapter Community Outreach Coordinator - Mark Dynia

If you are interested in joining the Illinois Board, please reach out. We'd love to have you on our team! illinois@conqueringchd.org

Mailing information:

Conquering CHD - Illinois
P.O. Box 1094
Elgin, IL 60121

PCHA State Chapter
PCHA State Chapter
PCHA State Chapter