How To Contact Your Mayor for a CDH Awareness Day Proclamation

It is very simple to request a proclamation from your town’s mayor.   Simply go to their web site and find their address or a contact form.   You can copy the text below to use.  Edit the text in BOLD and add text in the blanks to your own info / town name and send.   If you receipt a proclamation, please scan it and e-mail to us at so that we can share.


Dear Mayor ___________,

Our charity, CDH International, would like to officially request a proclamation for “Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Day” for April 19, 2018.

We request that all 50 states and the United States Senate and House recognize this every year.   My family would really like to include our hometown this year please.

Verbiage is below:

WHEREAS: One in every 2,500 pregnancies are diagnosed with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH); and

WHEREAS: Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia occurs when a baby’s diaphragm fails to fully form; allowing abdominal organs into the chest cavity and preventing lung growth; and

WHEREAS: Since 2000, it is estimated that over 700,000 babies have been born with CDH; however, only 50 percent of those babies survived; and

WHEREAS: CDH is as common as Spina Bifida and Cystic Fibrosis; however, very few people know about it or are aware of it; and

WHEREAS: 1,600 babies are born with CDH every year in the United States each year; and

WHEREAS: There are many people living in __________ who have been diagnosed with and have survived their CDH, although many families in __________ have endured the horrible pain and grief associated with the loss of loved ones with CDH; and

WHEREAS: CDH International is a charity is a 501(c)III organization that was created to help families affected by CDH; and

WHEREAS: Those with CDH often endure multiple surgeries and possible medical complication beyond their diagnosis that include heart defects, pulmonary complications, gastric and intestinal problems, developmental delays, and may require respiratory and medicinal support for years; and

WHEREAS: Raising awareness of this congenital defect will help bring about acceptance and support for those suffering with it and will help advocate for urgently needed medical research and advances.

THEREFORE:  I, __________, Mayor of the Town of _______ , hereby proclaim April 19, 2021 to be

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Day

in _____________ and encourage all residents to join in this observance.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I hereunto set my hand and cause the Great Seal of the Town of ___________ to be affixed.

Done at the City of __________ in the State of ___________ on this day, [your staff will add this date.]

[Signature of Mayor]

Thank you so very much for your consideration.
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