BC’s Mining Community Celebrates Opening of the BC Children’s Hospital BioBank

November 5, 2014 – Vancouver, BC –Mining for Miracles (M4M),BC’s mining community’s longstanding fundraising campaign for BC Children’s Hospital, is celebrating after raising $2.66 million in 2013 and 2014 toward the development of the BC Children’s Hospital BioBank, the first pediatric institutional biobank in Canada.

 

The group marked the official unveiling of the biobank at a recognition event held at the Child & Family Research Institute at BC Children’s Hospital on November 4.

 

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. The BC Children’s Hospital BioBank will facilitate breakthrough medical discoveries that will improve the lives of children suffering from debilitating and life-limiting diseases.

 

“We are extremely thankful to Mining for Miracles for their support of the BC Children’s Hospital BioBank,” said Dr. Suzanne Vercauteren, Director of BC Children’s Hospital BioBank. “Without the generosity of the mining industry, we would not be able to set up this new and incredibly important facility at BC Children’s Hospital.”

 

Mining for Miracles’ success relies on the generosity of many individuals and corporations. Hundreds of mining, exploration and development companies, service providers and suppliers across BC, Alberta, the Yukon and Northwest Territories, and these companies’ employees, friends and family, contributed to the total funds raised in support of the BC Children’s Hospital BioBank.

 

“This initiative is another example of BC Children’s Hospital’s commitment to building centres of excellence in pediatric care. Children and families in British Columbia are accustomed to the high standard of care provided at BC Children’s Hospital, and the research supported by this facility will benefit children worldwide,” said Jason Weber, co-chair of Mining for Miracles. “Mining for Miracles is proud to support Canada’s first institutional pediatric biobank at BC Children’s Hospital.”

 

The partnership between BC Children's Hospital Foundation, BC Children’s Hospital BioBank and Mining for Miracles is a leading example of how industry, institutions and not-for-profit organizations can work together to provide world-class health care and services to the children and families of British Columbia.

 

About Mining for Miracles

Since 1988, Mining for Miracles has raised over $23.4 million for BC Children's Hospital. Every year, volunteers from the mining community work together to help improve the quality of health care for children in our province. One hundred per cent of funds raised through Mining for Miracles are directed toward specific projects at BC Children's Hospital. Through its support of the construction of facilities and acquisition of specialized medical equipment at the hospital, Mining for Miracles is helping to keep BC Children's Hospital at the forefront of pediatric care excellence.

 

Visit www.miningformiracles.ca for more information and to donate.

 

About BC Children’s Hospital

BC Children’s Hospital is the province’s only full-service acute-care hospital dedicated to serving close to one million children living in BC and the Yukon. All children who are seriously ill or injured are referred to BC Children’s Hospital and are either treated at the hospital facility in Vancouver or, with consultation from Children’s specialists, in their home community. Last year, more than 85,000 children were treated at BC Children’s. In 2013-14 BC Children’s Hospital Foundation received donations from more than 118,000people and had revenues of $92.2 million. Funds raised by the foundation are used to support BC Children’s Hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children and the Child & Family Research Institute. For more information visit www.bcchf.caand follow @BCCHF on Twitter.

 

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For more information please contact:

For more information:

Jason Weber
Mining for Miracles Chair                         
604-807-7217                                                                          
 
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Veronika Pavlina                                                                                               
BC Children’s Hospital Foundation
Philanthropy Officer
604-875-2504
vpavlina@bcchf.ca