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 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


    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


    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 President - Karen Grossich
    Chapter Vice President - Shuntae Williams
    Chapter Treasurer - Kate Pogorzelski
    Chapter Secretary - Maria Weller
    Chapter Events Coordinator - Ashley Ruud
    Chapter Teen/Adult Coordinators - Carol Raimondi & Teresa Quarino
    Chapter Inventory Coordinator - Katie O'Kelly
    Chapter Volunteer Coordinator - Sarah Pekoc

    Chapter Bereavement Coordinator - Sarah Shields


    Mailing information:

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

    PCHA State Chapter
    PCHA State Chapter
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