Vancouver, BC – Mining for Miracles kicked off its 2016 Diamond Draw at the Mineral Exploration Roundup Conference in Vancouver yesterday. Mining for Miracles, the BC mining community’s longstanding fundraising campaign for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, is raising $3 million through initiatives including Diamond Draw to support the CAUSES Research clinic at BC Children’s Hospital.
The new CAUSES Research Clinic provides genome-wide sequencing 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. These services have the potential to save lives and also reduce costs to families and the health-care system.
“Since 1988, BC’s mining industry has raised more than $25 million for the children and families who visit BC Children’s Hospital through Diamond Draw and other initiatives,” said Jeff Hanman, 2016 Chair of Mining for Miracles. “100 per cent of the funds raised by Mining for Miracles go directly to support areas of need at the hospital.”
The Diamond Draw package, valued at over $16,000, includes a CANADAMARK Cushion cut 1.13 carat diamond in a gold designer setting, donated respectively by C3 Alliance Corp., Teck and Andrew Costen of Costen Catbalue. Tickets are available at mining industry events and direct from Mining for Miracles member organizations. The draw will take place on June 5, 2016 at Miracle Weekend.
The success of Mining for Miracles depends on the generosity of individuals and organizations throughout British Columbia. Donations can be made through employee and corporate fundraising initiatives or through fundraising events such as Diamond Draw, Jeans Day™ on April 28, Teck Celebrity Pie Throw on May 12 or the Slo-Pitch Tournament on May 28-29. 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 Research Clinic
The CAUSES Research Clinic provides genome-wide testing, clinical interpretation, genetic counselling, and personalized recommendations for treatment for children with complex, undiagnosed medical conditions. The CAUSES Research Clinic is made possible by a $3-million commitment from Mining for Miracles through BC Children’s Hospital Foundation as well as a pledge from Genome BC for up to a $1 million and is supported by the Provincial Health Services Authority and the University of British Columbia.
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:
- The CAUSES Research Clinic opened to its first patient in June 2015,
- 5 year old Collyns Doran of Prince George is the first patient to receive a diagnosis at the CAUSES Research Clinic at BC Children’s Hospital. The diagnosis provided by genome-wide sequencing ends the family’s 5-year journey to find an explanation for their daughter’s developmental issues. http://www.bcchf.ca/stories/miracle-stories/collyns-doran/?stage=Live
- There are 7000 known rare disorders and CAUSES uses a single genomic test to look for all of these. CAUSES provides this service to children across British Columbia and in some cases, is utilizing Telehealth.
- Over the next 3 years, 500 children and their parents will have their genomes sequenced through CAUSES. CAUSES is currently receiving approximately 10 patient referrals a week.
- Since opening in June 2015, 70 families have been seen in the CAUSES Clinic, and the CAUSES team is now beginning to provide answers to families.
- For some families, a diagnosis will lead to life-changing treatments for their child. For many children, there isn’t a cure. Their diagnosis is important information that helps parents in planning for their child’s future.
- The CAUSES Clinic helps reduce the number of invasive tests – such as biopsies, biochemical tests, expensive single gene tests and multi-gene panels, and 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
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 $710 million in 254 research projects and science and technology platforms. Working with governments, academia and industry across sectors such as forestry, fisheries and aquaculture, agri-food, energy and mining, environment, 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
For more information please contact:
BC Children’s Hospital Foundation
Mining for Miracles Chair