VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - June 3, 2014) - Mining for Miracles, BC's mining community's longstanding fundraising campaign for BC Children's Hospital, revealed a cheque for $1,511,214 at BC Children's Hospital Foundation's 27th annual Miracle Weekend on June 1.
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 also employees, and their friends and family contributed to the total. Donations were made through employee and corporate fundraising initiatives and events such as Jeans Day™, the Diamond Draw, Slo-Pitch, the Hooked on Miracles Fishing Tournament, and the Teck Celebrity Pie Throw.
In 2013 and 2014, Mining for Miracles raised funds to support the BC Children's Hospital BioBank. Biobanking is a new and invaluable 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.
"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."
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.
Visit www.miningformiracles.ca for more information and to donate.
Biobanks safely preserve collections of biological samples. 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 with other pediatric diseases. A biobank offers researchers a "ready-to-use" collection of samples that form the basis for their research experiments that will facilitate new breakthroughs in treating childhood diseases.
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.