Welcome to Conquering CHD - Virginia

At Conquering CHD - Virginia, 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.



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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

The Zipperstrong Project

The Zipperstrong Project tells both inspiring and heartbreaking stories of children and adults affected by CHD. The project is a collaboration between Conquering CHD Virginia and Winchester-based child-life photographer SheRae Hunter, whose vision is to offer outsiders a glimpse into the world of CHD and to raise awareness for congenital heart disease.


The project is released annually during CHD Awareness Week (February 7-14), celebrated as a part of Heart Month each February.


The Zipperstrong Project has been featured in local Virginia news outlets, on The Mighty, and annually featured at area heart centers and at the Hope Marietta Foundation's Casino Night, which raises awareness about congenital heart disease and supports CHD causes in Virginia.



View The Zipperstrong Project 2021 in full at

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    • For more information about volunteer opportunities with the Virginia chapter, email
    • Join our online chat networks to connect with individuals and families with similar experiences:

    Conquering CHD - Virginia Chat

    Conquering CHD Teen/Adult Chat

    Conquering CHD Bereaved Hearts

    Estamos Conquistando CHD!


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    Conquering CHD - Virginia is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Our tax exempt or EIN number is: 81-5481933. 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 Virginia Volunteer Board

    Chapter President – Laura Carpenter
    Chapter Vice President/Communications Coordinator – Renee Lang
    Chapter Treasurer/Fundraising Coordinator – Kristen Essex
    Chapter Teen/Adult Co-Coordinator - Scott Salvaggio
    Chapter Teen/Adult Co-Coordinator - Amy O'Connor
    Chapter Board Member at Large - Jennifer Smith
    Chapter Board Member at Large - Carolyn Fingerman



    Conquering CHD - Virginia
    P.O. Box 1735
    Harrisonburg, VA 22803

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