Each year, BC Children’s Hospital receives more than 260,000 patient visits from sick and injured children from all over the province. Funds raised by Mining for Miracles in 2017 helped to support and establish the Transplantation and Cell Therapy (TRACE) program at BC Children’s Hospital, a first of its kind in Canada. In 2018, Mining for Miracles will raise a further $1.25 million to complete a $2.9 million commitment to the development of the TRACE program.
TRACE will work towards providing children across British Columbia with personalized medicine using the patient’s own cells to prevent rejection of organ transplants, kill cancer cells and fight infection. Through Mining for Miracles support, TRACE will establish two state of the art facilities, a Translational Biomarker Facility and a Clinical Cell Therapy Facility.
Once complete, the TRACE Program will help:
- 40-50 children with kidney transplants each year, extending transplant function and saving lives;
- 250 children living with organ and bone marrow transplants in BC, by replacing invasive biopsies with innovative blood and urine screening tests reducing pain, and decreasing risk of organ rejection;
- Provide a new form of treatment for children with relapsed leukemia that has been effective in over 90% of cases in clinical trials;
- Position BC Children’s Hospital as a leader in clinical cell therapies, transplantation and research into new treatments for cancer and diabetes.