Most people are unaware that Congenital Heart Defects (CHDs) are the most common birth defect in America, affecting approximately one in one hundred, or 40,000 newborns each year. CHDs are the most common cause of infant death related to birth defects and sadly 25 percent of babies born with a critical CHD will not survive past their first birthday. Despite the progress made in understanding and treating CHDs, more research is needed.

The Children's Heart Foundation (CHF) is a national 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization, whose mission is to fund the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects. Since 1996, CHF has funded 99 research projects with more than $10.6 million.