What is the Heart of Illinois CHD Walk?

The Heart of Illinois CHD Walk is an outdoor walking event and a vital part of the T.O.U.C.H. (The Organization for Understanding Congenital Hearts) organization’s effort to celebrate the heart heroes in our community and to raise awareness and funds to empower their families as well as the children and adults living with congenital heart defects. The event is a fun, uplifting, family-oriented, non-competitive walk. The walk is a great way to rally your co-workers, friends, family, and community groups together to unite in a mission for a life-saving cause.

Who Are We?

The Organization for Understanding Congenital Hearts (T.O.U.C.H.) is a 501c3 charity that provides support and services for children and adults with heart defects as well as their parents and family members.

T.O.U.C.H. is an affiliate member of The Congenital Heart Information Network and provides a newsletter three times a year, a Parent’s Survival Kit information packet prior to surgery, an annual CHD symposium, an annual fall picnic for CHD families,  and awards the Stella Wilson Memorial Scholarship.

Why You Should Participate!

Your commitment to this year’s walk will raise critical funds to save lives at the Congenital Heart Center at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois – 1 in 100 babies are diagnosed with a Congenital Heart Defect which require specialized care .  

The Heart of Illinois CHD Walk is a great way to rally your co-workers, friends, family, and community groups together to unite in a mission for a life-saving cause.  

Your participation will also contribute to help fund vital research through the Adult Congenital Heart Association as they successfully work to sustain those afflicted with CHD to live longer lives.