Mining for Miracles

Mining for Miracles

June 05, 2015 11:00 ET

BC's Mining Community Raises Over $1.8 Million for BC Children's Hospital

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - June 5, 2015) - Mining for Miracles, BC's mining community's longstanding fundraising campaign for BC Children's Hospital, presented a cheque for $1,834,235 at BC Children's Hospital Foundation's 28th annual Miracle Weekend on May 31.

Every year, the success of Mining for Miracles is fuelled by the generosity of hundreds of mining, exploration and development companies, service providers and suppliers across BC, Alberta, the Yukon and Northwest Territories. These representatives, their employees and their friends and family donate 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.

"Supporting BC Children's Hospital is part of the BC mining industry's long history of working to strengthen communities across the province," said Jason Weber, co-chair, Mining for Miracles.

"The women and men who work in B.C.'s mining industry are committed to giving back to communities and to supporting the life-changing and life-saving work of BC Children's Hospital," said Jeff Hanman, co-chair, Mining for Miracles.

Funds raised by Mining for Miracles in 2015 and 2016 will support the development of the new CAUSES research clinic (CAUSES) at BC Children's Hospital. CAUSES, which will see its first patient and family on June 4, will provide genome-wide sequencing to support the accurate and efficient diagnosis of rare genetic disorders in children who would otherwise require numerous tests or who might not be diagnosed at all. The program will also provide families with genetic counselling, clinical interpretation of complex testing results, and personalized recommendations for treatment.

CAUSES will reduce the number of invasive tests required, such as biopsies, biochemical tests, expensive single gene tests or MRI scans. There are 7,000 known rare disorders and CAUSES will use a single genomic test capable of identifying all of these. This may reduce the number of tests required to diagnose a patient's condition from 10 or more to just one. This has the potential to reduce costs to families and the health-care system.

The partnership between BC Children's Hospital Foundation and Mining for Miracles is a leading example of how industry, institutions and social-profit organizations can work together to provide world-class health care and services to the children and families of BC. Please visit www.miningformiracles.ca for more information and to donate.

About Mining for Miracles

Every year volunteers from the mining community work together through Mining for Miracles to help improve the quality of health care for children in our province. 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 the CAUSES translational research clinic

The CAUSES research clinic will provide genome-wide sequencing, clinical interpretation, genetic counselling, and personalized recommendations for treatment for children with complex, undiagnosed medical conditions. There are more than 7,000 known rare diseases, and the CAUSES research clinic will test for all of these using one genomic test. If genome-wide sequencing identifies a child with a treatable condition, then treatment can be started earlier. For some children, this will be life-changing. Obtaining the right treatment earlier will help prevent medical complications and save lives. The CAUSES research clinic is made possible by a $3-million commitment from Mining for Miracles through BC Children's Hospital Foundation and is supported by the Provincial Health Services Authority and the University of British Columbia. Genome British Columbia has pledged to match Mining for Miracles' commitment up to an additional $1 million and the CAUSES research clinic is seeking opportunities to leverage this partnership to secure additional funding. The CAUSES research clinic will ensure that BC Children's Hospital remains a centre of excellence providing outstanding care to the children and families of British Columbia.

The CAUSES research clinic will:

  • Test at least 500 children and their parents by 2018 to identify disorders that would previously have gone undiagnosed;
  • Provide genetic counselling, interpretation of complex testing results, personalized treatment recommendations, and access to improved services for children who receive a diagnosis from genome-wide sequencing;
  • Help reduce the number of invasive tests - such as biopsies, biochemical tests, expensive single gene tests, or MRI scans - needed to obtain a diagnosis for children. This is expected to reduce the average number of tests per child required for a diagnosis from 10 or more to one, resulting in significant savings for both families and the health-care system;
  • Help prevent medical complications by identifying previously unsuspected treatable conditions for which treatment can be started immediately. Obtaining the right treatment earlier in some children will help prevent problems from getting worse and, in some cases, save lives;
  • Provide opportunities for discovery and therapeutic research that will benefit patients at BC Children's Hospital in partnership with the BC Children's Hospital BioBank (also funded by Mining for Miracles) and other investigators at CFRI, throughout Canada, and around the world.

Contact Information

  • Jason Weber
    Mining for Miracles Co-Chair
    604-807-7217

    Jeff Hanman
    Mining for Miracles Co-Chair
    604-354-5230

    Stephen Forgacs
    Director, Communications
    BC Children's Hospital Foundation
    604-875-2338
    sforgacs@bcchf.ca