Where the Money Goes

Mining for Miracles is a partnership between BC’s mining industry and the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (BCCHF) where volunteers from the mining community  and our associated industries work together to raise money to improve the quality of health care for children in our province.

Since 1988, BC’s mining industry has raised over $26 million for critical needs areas of the hospital, making BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH) a recognized centre of excellence in children’s healthcare. 100% of the funds raised by Mining for Miracles is donated to BCCH. Some of the areas funded by Mining for Miracles in the past have been: the CAUSES Research Clinic (2015/2016), an Institutional Pediatric BioBank (2013/2014), a Pediatric Simulation Centre (2011/2012), an Imaging Facility to house a state of the art MRI system (2010), the CL3 Bio-Containment Lab (2008-2009), a Smart OR (2006-2007), to name just a few.

In 2017 and 2018, Mining for Miracles has committed to raise approximately $2.9 million to support the development of TRAnsplantation & CEll Therapy Program (TRACE). 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; help 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; and position BC Children’s Hospital as a leader in clinical cell therapies, transplantation and research into new treatments for cancer and diabetes.