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Featured CDHi California Ambassador Rachel McKagan

Featured CDH International’s California Ambassador is Rachel McKagan. Rachel is the mom to CDH survivor Sarah. Rachel McKagan has been married to her husband, Matt McKagan, for almost 29 years. They have a 25-year-old son, Andrew, who graduated from USC in 2017,  and their CHERUB is 21-year-old daughter, Sarah, who is a Senior at UCLA. (They try to …

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Featured CDHi Singapore Ambassador Linette Lim

Featured CDH International’s Singapore Ambassador is Linette Lim. Linette is the mom to CDH Survivor Sherman. Linette is from Singapore and is currently a full-time homemaker. She received a First-class Honours in Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Sciences) from Queen Mary, University of London. Her plans to pursue postgraduate medicine has been shelved as she is currently …

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Featured CDH International Nebraska Ambassador Megan Kleensang

Featured CDH International’s Nebraska Ambassador is Megan Kleensang. Megan is the mom to CDH survivor Phoebe. Megan is the mom to cherub Phoebe. She found out at 23 weeks that Phoebe would be born with left-sided CDH. She was born at Children’s Hospital Colorado in 2013.  Phoebe’s CDH was repaired at ten days old. She …

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Featured CDHi Pennsylvania Ambassador Joy Whitesel

Featured CDH International’s Pennsylvania Ambassador is Joy Whitesel. Joy is the mother to CDH survivor Jase. Joy is a full-time nurse, wife, and mother. She lives in Honey Grove, PA, with her spouse and two children. They have two children, a daughter and a son. Their son, Jase, was born in 2016 with undiagnosed LCDH. …

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Featured CDHi Texas Ambassador Ashley Leonard

Featured CDH International’s Texas Ambassador is Ashley Leonard. Ashley is the mother to CDH survivor Greyson. Ashley has worked in the beauty industry for the past 12 years as an educator and a hairstylist. Her husband, Madison, is a Technical Sergeant in the United States Air Force. Ashley and Madison are currently stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. They married …

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Featured CDHi Michigan Ambassador Colleen Martin

Featured CDH International’s Michigan Ambassador is Colleen Martin. Colleen is the mom to CDH Survivor Quinn. Colleen Martin grew up in Farmington Hills, Michigan, as the 6th of 10 children.  She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications.  From there, she served two years in AmeriCorps in Chicago tutoring and …

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Featured CDHi Texas Ambassador Christie Huff Helmke

Featured CDH International’s Texas Ambassador is Christie Huff Helmke. Christie is the mom to CDH survivor Felix. Christie is the mother of Felix, a 3 years old boy who was diagnosed with CDH at 20 weeks in the womb. Christie, her husband Joshua and Felix live in DFW, Texas. Christie is a pet stylist and her husband …

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Featured CDHi New Zealand Ambassador Lisa Harris

Featured CDH International New Zealand Ambassador is Lisa Harris. Lisa is the mom to CDH survivor Zachary. Lisa Harris is married to Chris and they have 5 children in total ranging from 32 to 14 years of age. She was previously widowed with 3 young children and then remarried. Their first son Zac (her fourth …

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Featured CDHi Ohio Ambassador Andy Johnson

Featured CDH International Ohio Ambassador is Andy Johnson. Andy is the father to CDH survivor Riley. Andy is a math teacher and varsity football coach at Beavercreek High School in the Dayton area.  His wife, Alyssa, works at Cedarville University as a program advisor.  They have two daughters, Riley (3 and 1/2) and Sophia (1 …

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Featured CDHi Bermuda Ambassador Sandra Vance

Featured CDH International Bermuda Ambassador is Sandra Vance. Sandra is the mom to CDH survivor Trey. Sandra Richards-Vance is an insurance executive that lives in the Islands of Bermuda and is the mother of surviving cherub Trey Lamont Vance.  Trey was born with an undiagnosed right sided Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH).  Although CDH is fairly common in the …

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Featured CDHi Illinois Ambassador Mindy Doellman

Featured CDH International’s Illinois Ambassador is Mindy Doellman. Mindy is the mom to angel cherub Matthew. Mindy Doellman is a grandma to two little boys whom she loves with all her heart.  They are the sons to her daughter Danielle, who was 3 when her CDH baby Matthew was born.  She still recalls seeing him …