Mining for Miracles

Mining for Miracles

January 26, 2015 16:00 ET

Mining for Miracles Launches 2015 Diamond Draw

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Jan. 23, 2015) - Mining for Miracles, the BC mining community's longstanding fundraising campaign for BC Children's Hospital Foundation, kicked off its 2015 Diamond Draw at the Mineral Exploration Roundup Conference in Vancouver today. Diamond Draw proceeds will go toward the mining community's goal of raising $3 million to support the creation of a new medical clinic at BC Children's Hospital, which was announced by Premier Christy Clark at the Premier's Natural Resource Forum in Prince George, BC on January 21.

The Diamond Draw package, valued at over $16,000, includes a 1.20 carat cushion cut diamond, gold and designer setting donated respectively by C3 Alliance Corp., Teck Resources Limited and Costen Catbalue. Mining for Miracles thanks these supporters for their generosity.

"Since 1988, BC's mining industry has raised more than $23.4 million for the children and families who visit BC Children's Hospital, and 100 per cent of the funds raised by Mining for Miracles go directly to support areas of need at the hospital," said Jeff Hanman, 2015 Co-Chair of Mining for Miracles.

In 2015 and 2016, Mining for Miracles will raise $3 million, through BC Children's Hospital Foundation, to support the development of the CAUSES Clinic. The new CAUSES Clinic will provide diagnostic DNA testing to support the accurate and efficient diagnosis of rare genetic diseases in children who would otherwise require numerous tests or might not be diagnosed at all. The CAUSES Clinic will also provide families with genetic counselling, clinical interpretation of complex testing results, and personalized recommendations for treatment.

"Today, a child with an undiagnosed illness has to endure a multitude of tests over many months that, in the end, might not even result in a diagnosis. With one test, the CAUSES Clinic is expected to provide a rapid and conclusive diagnosis in 50 to 70 per cent of children tested," said Jason Weber, 2015 Co-Chair of Mining for Miracles. "For children with a treatable condition, this allows their treatment to be started immediately."

Genome British Columbia has pledged to match Mining for Miracles' commitment up to an additional $1 million and, in cooperation with the CAUSES Clinic, is seeking opportunities to leverage this partnership to secure additional funding.

The CAUSES Clinic's single test will reduce the number of invasive tests required, such as biopsies, biochemical tests, expensive single gene tests or MRI scans, which may even require sedation. There are 7,000 known genetic disorders and the CAUSES Clinic will use a single genomic test capable of identifying all of these at once. 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.

As in previous years, the success of Mining for Miracles depends on the generosity of individuals and corporations throughout British Columbia. Donations can be made through employee and corporate fundraising initiatives or through fundraising events such as Jeans Day™, the Diamond Draw, Slo-Pitch Tournament or the Teck Celebrity Pie Throw, taking place on May 7, 2015. 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 Clinic

The CAUSES Clinic will provide advanced DNA testing, clinical interpretation, genetic counselling, and personalized recommendations for treatment for children with complex, undiagnosed medical conditions. There are more than 7,000 known genetic disorders, and the CAUSES Clinic will test for all of these using one genomic test. If advanced DNA testing 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 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. The CAUSES 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 Clinic will:

  • Test at least 500 children and family members within the next three years to identify illnesses that would previously have gone undiagnosed;

  • Provide genetic counselling, interpretation of complex testing results, and personalized treatment recommendations for children who receive a diagnosis from the Clinic's advanced DNA testing;

  • Help reduce the number of invasive tests - such as biopsies, biochemical tests, expensive single gene tests, or MRI scans often requiring sedation- 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. In cases where advanced DNA testing identifies a treatable condition in a child, then treatment can be started immediately. Obtaining the right treatment earlier will help prevent medical complications and save lives;

  • Partner with BC Children's Hospital BioBank to store biological samples donated by patients, which will contribute to significant research discoveries.

About Genome British Columbia

Genome British Columbia is a catalyst for the life sciences cluster on Canada's West Coast, and manages a cumulative portfolio of over $660 million in 211 research projects and science and technology platforms. Working with governments, academia and industry across sectors such as forestry, fisheries, agriculture, environment, bioenergy, mining and human health, the goal of the organization is to generate social and economic benefits for British Columbia and Canada. Genome BC is supported by the Province of British Columbia, the Government of Canada through Genome Canada and Western Economic Diversification Canada and more than 300 international public and private co-funding partners. www.genomebc.ca

Contact Information

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

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

    BC Children's Hospital Foundation
    Veronika Pavlina
    Philanthropy Officer
    604-875-2504
    vpavlina@bcchf.ca