Our Story

Who We Are. Our Mission. Our History.

We are a dedicated group of local volunteers, many of whom have been affected personally by a child or grandchild born with a congenital heart defect, who look to offer support for the best equipment, research and training for the Cardiology staff at Cincinnati Children's. Steeped in Cincinnati history for over 70 years, some of our past fundraising efforts have included the famous Reds Rally, hosted by then owner Marge Schott on her Indian Hill estate, Dancing with the Stars, a Builder Auction and a Walkathon, hosted by the Homebuilders Association (HBA), Dinner dance/live auction hosted by the Old Timers, and the Thundering Hearts Motorcycle rides, just to name a few.

Our Mission

The Mission of the Children’s Heart Association of Cincinnati is to support the scholarly activities of the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The efforts of the Children’s Heart Association of Cincinnati are aimed primarily on supporting clinical, translational, and basic investigations intended to advance pediatric cardiovascular medicine, to train future leaders in the field of pediatric cardiology, and to support the overall wellness of children, adults, and their families affected by cardiovascular disease.

Our History

On February 19, 1940, a group of individuals came together at the University Club in Cincinnati to establish an organization dedicated to supporting children with cardiovascular disease.  Upon receiving a $200 donation, this group of gracious citizens began writing a proposal that established the Children’s Heart Association of Cincinnati (CHAOC).  For more than 70 years, CHAOC has provided funding to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for cardiac research, fellowship training, continuing education, and equipment.  The patients who are served range from fetus to adult, as many of the children affected by congenital heart disease are now living healthy, active lives into adulthood.  Through early diagnosis and follow-up care, CHAOC aims to improve the overall cardiac health of all those living with congenital heart disease.

Our founding members: Mr. Harold Comey, Mr. Joseph Austin, Dr. Floyd Allen, Dr. Charles Iliff, Dr. Louise Rauh, Dr. Irvin Itkoff, Mrs. Kavel, Mr. Bleecker Marquette, Dr. Robert Lyon