Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia is not just a hole!   Help to raise CDH Awareness around the world!

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

CDH is a birth defect that occurs when a baby’s diaphragm (a thin sheet of muscle that separates the abdomen from the chest) fails to fully form, allowing abdominal organs to enter the chest cavity and prevent lung growth. CDH occurs in approximately 1 in 2500 births, with over 1600 babies diagnosed each year in the United States alone. There is currently no known cause.

84 Countries, Dozens of CDH Charities and 1000’s of CDH Families, Friends and Researchers unite to raise Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness

2022 CDH Awareness Day Events
2024 CDH Awareness Day Events

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Day is April 19th and recognized by patients, hospitals, charities and governments around the world!   Click here to learn why this day was chosen.


Go see light ups, participate in fundraisers, hold your own event and more by clicking the button below!    

CDH Awareness Day Light Ups
View the list of landmarks around the world who will be lighting up on or around April 19th to raise Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness!
Make sure to participate in our Dinner by CDH Light initiative to raise more awareness and funds for the children!
2022 CDH Awareness Proclamations
2024 CDH Race for Research

Join us on our annual virtual race / walk / run / ride to raise awareness and funds for Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia research!


This year, join our charity president LIVE the Camino de Santiago in Spain as you come along on our virtual course.


Earn a medal for completing the course and you can also win a trophy for raising the most money!

2024 CDH Awareness Proclamations

Every year, states, provinces and towns proclaim April as “Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Month”.  The United States Senate has proclaimed April as “Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Month" many times!


View the list of 2024 proclamations and learn how you can ask your mayor to write one as well.  


April 19th CDH Telethon
Virtual CDH Awareness Ribbons
Virtual CDH Awareness Ribbons

Every year we post the names of all the CDH patients who are members of CDH International and who give permission to be listed.  Scroll through the 1000's of names and donate $5 to add an addition ribbon by the name of someone you love born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia to help us serve more patient families in their time of need.

Donate to Fight Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

CDH is one of the most expensive and least funded birth defects. Funding is needed for research, awareness efforts, family support services, patient expenses, funerals, scholarships and more.


CDHi is a registered charity in the US, UK, Canada, Switzerland, Netherlands, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Fundraise for CDH International
Our organization is able to provide resources, unbiased and accurate information, support services and research because of our wonderful donors and fundraisers.   Please consider holding an event or creating a Facebook Fundraiser in honor or memory of someone you love born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia.
CDH Awareness Shop

Use coupon code APRIL19 to take 19% off your order before March 31st!


There are over 1000 Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness items in the official CDH Awareness Shop.


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