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Cherise Gunnerson, Georgia

by Krystle N. on Monday, December 9, 2013

Cherise Gunnerson, Georgia

Cherise Gunnerson is the Founder and President of the Georgia Chapter of the Children’s Heart Foundation.  She has a degree in Health Information Technology and has worked in the medical field for 19 years.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, writing, cycling and yoga.

Cherise is the loving mother of five daughters, two of which were born with congenital heart defects.  In 2004, Cherise’s daughter, Jordyn Rose, was born with Truncus Arteriosus and sadly passed away after open heart surgery.  Eight years later, in 2012, her daughter Jia Irie was born with Tetralogy of Fallot.  Jia Irie endured her first open heart surgery at five months old.

Determined to raise CHD awareness, Cherise founded The Children's Heart Foundation in Georgia and is a member of the American Heart Association Georgia State Advocacy Subcommittee.  She is passionate about raising CHD awareness and mandating Pulse Oximetry screenings in Georgia.

-  Written by Cherise Gunnerson