SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood Police Department is partnering with borough resident Marylin Israel to host a walk on Saturday, April 18 to raise awareness about the birth defect congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Israel's infant grandson, Asher was diagnosed with the condition that causes a hole in a developing infant's diaphragm. The hole allows the baby's organs to crowd the abdomen and ultimately impacts the child's lung development. CDH affects more than 1,600 infants born in the United States according to information from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
The seven-month old spent five months in the NICU before being able to come home. Israel's goal is to raise $5,000. The funds will go to support the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's ability to help infants impacted by CDH. The April 18 walk begins at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the Immaculate Conception Church and concludes at the Maple Street Pavilion in Helmetta. Food and refreshments will be served at the pavilion for all participants. The rain date for this event is Saturday, April 25.
Israel and the Spotswood Police Department are asking residents to come out and walk along with them on April 18 to raise awareness about CDH. April is CDH Awareness Month and Monday, April 19 is CDH Awareness Day. Donations can be made by visiting Asher's CDH survivor page. So far, the page has raised $2,170 in donations.
Israel is also hosting a program at the Spotswood Public Library on Saturday, March 14 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The program will provide information on CDH as well as how Israel and her family are dealing with the challenges that come with the diagnosis. Registration is required for this program and can be completed online at the library's website, by telephoning the library at 732-251-1515 or in-person at the circulation desk.