2013

$1,638,153
Chair: 
Jason Weber
Company: 
Kiska Metals Corporation

In 2013 Mining for Miracles raised funds to support an Institutional Pediatric BioBank at the Child and Family Research Institute at BC Children’s Hospital.  This is a multi-year campaign. Biobanking is a new and indispensable research tool that holds the potential to improve treatments and find cures for diseases affecting millions of children around the world. This will be the first Institutional Pediatric BioBank in Canada and will facilitate breakthrough medical discoveries that will improve the lives of children suffering from debilitating and life-limiting diseases.

About BioBanking

In a BioBank, a collection of biological samples is stored in an environment which will preserve them. Scientists who are members of the bank can seek permission to make a withdrawal from the bank and use the samples for research. In the last 40 years the survival rate for children with cancer has increased dramatically from 10 per cent to 78 per cent. This advancement is due to extensive research and the development of new treatments. Similar progress has been made for other pediatric diseases. A BioBank offers researchers a “ready to use” collection of samples which are the basis of their research experiments.