Welcome to PCHA - Illinois

The Pediatric Congenital Heart Association’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 PCHA-IL chapter is a program of PCHA, 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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Upcoming Events and Activities

  • Upcoming Events and Activities

    Meet & Greet-Oak Lawn, IL

    Date: February 26, 2020 6:00pm Location: Ronald McDonald Near Advocate Children's Oak Lawn

    Join us for our first gathering in 2020! Please contact Katie with any questions:

  • Upcoming Events and Activities

    8th Annual Conquering CHD Walk Illinois

    Date: May 17, 2020 9am Location: College of DuPage - 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL

    Sunday - May 17th, 2020 - Rain or Shine! Walk Agenda: 9:00am - Registration/Donation tent open (day-of registrants & Team Captain check in) 10:00am - Acknowledgements & Bereaved Hearts Remembrance 10:15am - Kid's Dash 10:45am - Walk Begins DETAILS: All are invited to join before & after the walk for festivities including: pictures, face painting, balloon making, crafts, special guest PCHA Mascot Echo, other characters/mascots, and more!

  • Upcoming Events and Activities

    5th Annual-Sunday with The Sox

    Date: August 30, 2020 Location: Guaranteed Rate Field 333 W 35th Street, Chicago IL

    Save the Date! More info coming soon


The Pediatric Congenital Heart Association-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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Contact Us

President – Karen Grossich

Vice President Shuntae Williams

Treasurer – Amit Shah
Secretary / Communications – Kate Pogorzelski

Teen/Adult Coordinator – Teresa Quarino

Inventory Coordinators Katie O'Kelly

Board Member – Carol Raimondi

Bereaved Hearts Group Connect with heart families who have lost a loved one to Congenital Heat Disease.

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Mail us at:

PCHA-IL PO Box 1094 Elgin, IL 60121

Direct Number: 708.232.6542