Pediatric Associates News

CDH Ladybug Run

September 16, 2014


For the third year in a row, Pediatric Associates of the Northwest contributed $2000 to sponsor the cause of CDH Awareness and Research. This is the second year that a team was put together to run either a 5K or 10K race. This year our team included: Ami Stea, Angela Aquilla, Annie Cain, Arianna Aquilla, Ashley Kessler, Brandon Kessler, Chelsea Rolstad, Luke Lopez, and Michele Bryant. Our lovely Clinic Liaison, Mary Lawlor also ran a booth at this event. We had a fun game and prizes and saw many of our current patients participating in this event.

CDH is an acronym for Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia.  CDH occurs when a fetus’s diaphragm does not form completely and a hole is left in the muscle between the chest and the abdomen. Since CDH is a rare birth defect and is not widely recognized like many other birth defects, it does not have the funding and research provided like other birth conditions attract.

All of the money raised by the Ladybug Run goes to the Ladybug CDH Foundation, which provides funds to assist families with a child with CDH, as well as supports on-going research about the defect.  In addition to raising funds for families affected by CDH, the Ladybug CDH Foundation hopes the Ladybug Run raises awareness about CDH.  Monetary support plus awareness will hopefully translate to better understanding of the defect, and improve treatment and/or prevention of CDH. Overall this year, the Lady Bug Run raised $21,000 to support CDH.

Why Ladybug?  The inspiration for the Ladybug CDH Foundation is Baby Finley, who was born with CDH, and who spent the 

first 19 days of her life in a section of the NICU called Ladybug.  The care given during her time in the isolette in Ladybug 

helped her to be among the fortunate 50% who survive CDH.

The next Ladybug Run will be in August 2015 at Cook Park in Tigard, Oregon.  To learn more about CDH or the Ladybug CDH Foundation, visit