Note from the President
For no family to face congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) alone.
It is a vision Danielle Kessner, the founder of CDH Australia, held in her heart when she began helping other CDH families in 1999 – seven years after her daughter Alyssa sadly died from CDH.
When Alyssa was born, Danielle knew no other family with a child affected by CDH. It took seven years for her to discover other families. Knowing how very devastating CDH is, Danielle began supporting Australian families online with the mantra “If I can help just one other family not face CDH alone then I have achieved what I set out to do” driving her. She began annual forums for families in 2001.
It is this commitment and dedication that CDH Australia continues to strive for with our formal vision “for no family to face CDH alone”. And we will work towards our vision through our mission “to improve the lives of those affected by congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), support and advocate for families, raise awareness and support research”.
We have taken steps towards our vision through a number of exciting initiatives that you can read more about below.
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President – CDH Australia