COVID-19 and CHaD Fundraising Events

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.


When we had to pivot to a virtual 2020 CHaD HERO due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we knew that many of our supporters would be up for the challenge, but you exceeded even our expectations.900 participants from 26 states fundraised, hiked, biked, ran, walked, and completed Virtual Quests over 15 days to support the kids and programs at CHaD. Thanks to you, we were able to make the virtual CHaD HERO another success and raise over $515,000 for our Child Life Program, Child Advocacy and Protection Program and more. Plans for the 2021 CHaD HERO will be announced on National Superhero Day (April 28).

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 March 2020, 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. We have continued to experience fundraising shortfalls due to the pandemic. 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.

COVID-19 Resources