The Abigail Howell Family Fundraiser

Our Goal: $1000:raised $325




Our CDH story began in early September 2011 when I was 28 weeks pregnant. We were sent to a high risk specialist due to some abnormal finding on a 20 week scan. The high risk ob explained to us that our unborn baby girl had a life threatening condition known as conginital diaphragmatic hernia. She also explained to us that the survival rate was only 50 percent nation wide. She then referred us to David Kay’s at UF and shands Gainesville Florida. She explained to us she worked with him during her fellowship at UF and he was very good at treating CDH. Fast forward Abigail to November 21st 2011, Abigail faith Howell was born fighting for her life, and ever since has done nothing less. She is an amazing little person. She is now 7 and enjoys riding her bike and playing and dancing with her siblings! There is hope for CDH!


Donating to tiny hero will give more families the opportunity to travel for the best possible care they can find. My prayer is that we can continue to raise money to help more and families and save more babies.



You can also support our family by purchasing this exclusive Hope for the Holidays item. All proceeds from the sales go towards Tiny Hero. Tiny Hero is a 501(c)(3) organization built to help support families with CDH children.

What is CDH?

Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) occurs in an unborn baby when there is a hole in, or incomplete formation of, the diaphragm (the muscle under the lungs that is responsible for breathing).

CDH affects about one in every 2,500 babies (1600 cases in the U.S. each year), and occurs as often as cystic fibrosis and spina bifida, yet most have never heard of it. On average, only 50% of these babies survive. Learn more about what is CDH→

Where does my donation go?

  1. Family Grants - We help families get to very best possible care and provide financial aid when needed.

  2. Community Support - We create videos, update our blog and website, and produce printed materials to help expand our message of hope to a larger audience. 

  3. Inspiring Better Care - We partnered with the Fore Hadley Foundation to help fund productive research efforts across the country.

Jacob Dunford