Heart Defects Society of Windsor and Essex County

Registered Charity #89893 7818 RR0001

Our Goals:

  • Public Awareness
  • Support for those whose lives have been affected by CHD, whether as a person born with heart defects or their families and loved ones.
  • Education for the general public, those affected by CHD, and the medical community in Windsor and Essex County

Heart Defects Society’s Vision Statement:

The Heart Defects Society of Windsor and Essex County offers compassionate support within the community, provides educational, emotional and financial resources to improve the quality of life of individuals affected by Congenital Heart Defects. We also advocate for our members, giving them a voice where they need it most. The Heart Defects Society will aim toward being a high profile non-profit organization in Ontario.


The Heart Defects Society, hopes this site will help you find what you need, whether it be financial aid, or something as simple as a shoulder to lean on, we are here to help those affected by congenital heart defects in their lives. Did you know that heart defects are the number one cause of illness related death in children, doubling the number of deaths from all childhood cancers, and yet, research for heart defects is less than half of that for all of childhood cancers combined. As well, very little is known about the genes that cause CHD’s. Many research efforts have attempted to pinpoint issues such as maternal illness and environmental exposure (air pollution, water, food chemicals) but nothing yet has been shown to increase the risk of CHD.  Alcohol, drugs and smoking have more recently been looked at and may increase the risk of CHD. What we can say is that many babies that are born with congenital heart disease are living longer healthier lives due to the advancing medical treatments. There are approximately 110,000 adults living with congenital heart disease in Canada.  That is why the Heart Defects Society hopes to shed light on these startling facts, as well as bring families affected by CHD’s together for support and understanding. Learning that a loved one is ill, is never easy, and it is made even harder when it is a newborn.  This local non-profit charity is here to help with some of the financial burdens, that some of the families may face with traveling back and forth to London and Toronto.  It does not matter if it’s just for an appointment, yearly check up or even when a surgery is required.  The Heart Defects Society is here to help. In order to help these families, we as a charity, hold a few fundraisers through out the year, as well as social events for everyone to gather and have some fun. Thanks to our sponsors and those who donate prizes, it helps to make our events more beneficial for all.  Check out the Events Page and then come on out to and event and let the stress of daily living leave your mind for just a few hours, while the children socialize with others who are dealing with similar trials and tribulations. If you have any suggestions on social events or fundraisers, or if you  need to ask any questions, feel free to contact one of the Board Members.

The HDS would like you to  invite you to take a look at some pictures from the Awareness Week that we held in Febuary 2015  and  the HDS Annual Picnic Social 2015 , as well as the 6th Annual Christine Sorrell Memorial “Pooker” Ride Photos.


6th Annual Christine Sorrell Memorial “Pooker” Ride Photos

2015 CHD Awareness Week

Click on Picture to view more of the 2015 CHD Awareness Week

Click here to view 2015 Picnic Social Pictures

Click here to view 2015 Picnic Social Pictures

Melissa Trothen Memorial Fund Updated [MTMF]:

We would like to advised that you that MTMF  Guidelines have been changes recently, we would like to make you aware of these changes. To view the new guidelines  please click on the link below, they have changed to better serve our members needs.

Guidlines for MTMF – May 28, 2016

MTMF Application 3-Fold


What’s Coming Up Next……


We look forward to seeing you at this year’s annual HDS picnic! There will be games again this year, (big jenga, connect four and basketball!) There will be prizes for the kids as well as a pinata. Don’t forget about the splash pad, so remember your sunscreen, swimsuit and towel! Hot dogs, hamburgers, pop, juice and desserts provided.

Where: Mic Mac Park…New pavilion (#6), look for our HDS banner!
When: July 23, 2016
Time: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

HDS 8th Annual Christine Sorrell

Memorial “Pooker” Ride

The Heart Defects Society is holding our 8th Annual “Pooker” Ride on September 17th.
The ride begins at the Unifor Hall, Local 200 on Turner Road, Windsor, ON. We have five stops throughout Windsor/Essex County, ending at Just Your Average Joe’s Sports Bar on Lauzon in Windsor. Registration begins at 9:30am, ride departs at 10:30am. Doors open at Average Joe’s at 5pm.

The “Pooker” Ride is a motorcycle poker ride in memory of Christine Sorrell whose nickname was “Pooker”.  Christine was a healthy young woman living a normal vibrant life. In October 2005, she passed away at the young age of 19, due to a previously undiagnosed congenital heart defect.

The Heart Defects Society of Windsor Essex county is a registered charity that help’s families with loved ones born with congenital heart defects. All proceeds raised during the “Pooker” Ride will be used to benefit children and adults born with heart defects in the Windsor and Essex County area.

2017 Christine Sorrell Pooker Ride Pledge Form



Tax Reminder:

DONATION RECEIPT INFORMATION:  We would like to thank all of our sponsors, supporters and fundraisers over the 2015 year.  Donation receipts will be in the mail by February 2016.  Please note that illegible names and/or incomplete addresses may have resulted in a receipt not being issued.  If you did not receive a receipt and you feel you should have, please contact our Treasurer, Tiffany Benoit ( and she will assist you in getting your receipt.  ~Thank You~” 



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