COVID-19 and 2020 CHaD Fundraising Events

When we began planning the 2020 CHaD HERO, we brainstormed how to make this 15th year a truly unique celebration, never anticipating just how different this year would be from any before. Although we had hoped to be able to be back on the Dartmouth College Green in a sea of superhero costumes on October 18, the decision has been made that this year's CHaD HERO will take place virtually from October 4 - October 18, 2020. Superheroes need to be ready for anything at a moment's notice and we've had our fair share of event hurdles in the past, from moving the 2011 CHaD HERO date with 24 hours to spare because of Hurricane Irene, to re-routing our Half course due to construction, and even a bit of snow on event day. We hope that you will accept this new challenge with us and help make the 2020 CHaD HERO another amazing event in support of CHaD kids.

If you have any questions or are in need of assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to CHaD HERO HQ at

HEROES together, even when we're apart!

Statement from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

As the region's largest health care provider, it is critical that Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health do everything possible to support community efforts to reduce transmission and continue to flatten the curve of infection from COVID-19, especially as state restrictions relax in order to allow business activity to resume. We take our responsibility seriously as a provider of health care to avoid activities that could in any way facilitate the spread of disease by potentially bringing asymptomatic carriers together with others, some of whom could likely be health-compromised individuals. This is why we made a decision to cancel, postpone, or transition to virtual events all in-person fundraising, engagement, or stewardship events through December 31, 2020.

This decision was not taken lightly, especially given the importance of fundraising events to the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) and the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC), in supporting essential patient and family services and research. We are actively seeking alternative ways to engage our community in supporting CHaD and NCCC to make up for some of this lost revenue.

We recognize that this is a disappointing decision to our dedicated volunteers and our community whose efforts are critical to the success of so many of our events. They are valued partners to us, and we look forward to working together to support CHaD and NCCC in other creative ways. We share that emotion but we believe it is best to refocus our efforts and resources towards alternative fundraising and engagement strategies, and to determine how we might envision and create our 2021 events and beyond. We acknowledge that COVID-19 has forced these difficult decisions but we also hope to proceed with an optimistic vision for the future of our Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health events, and we will continue to provide updates as we evolve our thinking for 2021.

CHaD Community Fundraising

Our programs make CHaD as unique as the 95,000 kids we serve each year. We need you to help sustain them both.

COVID-19 has changed the way we fundraise in 2020. In March, the CHaD Battle of the Badges hockey game was played without an audience, the impact of which was a loss of $60,000 for our young patients. While we don't know what is in store for the rest of our events this year, we are anticipating fundraising shortfalls due to the pandemic. We also know that in addition to providing pediatric COVID-19 care, our needs are increasing, particularly around family support and our programming for victims of abuse. We are grateful for community support in all forms. Additional information on the impact of CHaD community fundraising is available here.

COVID-19 Resources