CHaD HERO Fundraising Events Scheduled Across New Hampshire

Families and participants of the CHaD HERO get into character each year as they run to support CHaD.

The 2021 CHaD HERO is quickly approaching and community support for the annual fundraiser is ramping up with several local events and the announcement of a generous challenge grant. The CHaD HERO brings awareness and raises funds for the largest fundraising event for Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD).

Thanks to a generous $150,000 challenge grant from The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, participants can elevate their CHaD HERO fundraising efforts with a matching donation. Gifts made to the CHaD HERO from July 15-August 15 will be matched 2:1! Gifts made after August 15 will be matched 1:1 until the match runs out. Matches will be added to qualifying participants' fundraising pages after all $150,000 has been raised.

CHaD is encouraging every HERO to maximize the match over the next few weeks to support kids like Ainsley, this year’s Kid HERO. Shortly after her birth, Ainsley became a CHaD patient when doctors discovered a congenital heart condition requiring open heart surgery. Despite countless procedures and appointments, Ainsley is a thriving, energetic five-year-old who loves dancing, riding her bike, camping and the outdoors. HEROES can learn more about Ainsley’s story on the HERO blog.

The month of August features three HERO Happenings:

HERO Pizza Night -Wednesday, August 11 – 5:30 p.m.

Hosted by King Arthur Baking Company, CHaD supporters will come away from this event as homemade pizza experts. The virtual event features an interactive demonstration in a one-hour pizza class. The entry fee is $35 and proceeds will be donated to the HERO. Sign up at www.KingArthurBaking.com

HERO Yoga for CHaD - Thursday, August 12 – 5:30 p.m.

You can enjoy physical and spiritual benefits of yoga with Mighty Yoga! The one-hour session is hosted by Kim and has virtual or in-person options at Mighty Yoga in Hanover, N.H. All levels of experience are welcome as Kim has modifications and variations for every sequence. Learn more at www.MightyYogaNH.com.

100-Mile Motorcycle Ride -Saturday, Aug. 28 – Registration opens at 9 a.m.

Take a scenic 100-mile motorcycle ride through the beautiful White Mountains to benefit this year’s Kid HERO Ainsley. The event starts and ends at the Lancaster Fairgrounds in Lancaster, N.H. Don’t have a bike? The White Mountains are just as beautiful by car! Learn more at www.Facebook.com/events/492331642071369.

The 2020 HERO raised over $517,000 to support programs that CHaD families rely on every day. This includes the Child Life Program, which helps children and their families acclimate to the healthcare environment and to navigate challenging situations; CAPP, which provides services to suspected victims of child abuse across the region; and the Complex Care Program, which supports children with complex medical needs and their families.

Additional HERO details and registration information is available at CHaDHERO.org.

About Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH), New Hampshire’s only academic health system and the state’s largest private employer, serves a population of 1.9 million across northern New England. D-HH provides access to more than 2,000 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH. DHMC was named again in 2020 as the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in 9 clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health includes the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 51 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state’s only children’s hospital; member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene, and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and 24 Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. The D-HH system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT.

About CHaD

As New Hampshire's only full service, comprehensive children's hospital, the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock (CHaD) is committed to providing outstanding compassionate care for children and their families. Their physician expertise provides primary, specialty, and tertiary care to the children of New Hampshire, Vermont, and beyond. CHaD offers inpatient (hospital care) and outpatient (same day care) services at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. Outpatient and same day surgery services are available at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock Manchester, as well as outpatient pediatric specialties at Wentworth‐Douglass Hospital, Dover and in Exeter. Primary care is available at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock facilities in Bedford, Concord, Keene, Lebanon, Manchester, and Nashua, NH, and Bennington, VT. For more information about CHaD, please visit www.chadkids.org or contact us at (603) 650‐KIDS or chad.community.relations@hitchcock.org.