Miracle Weekend Kickoff
Yesterday was a very special day for those of us on the BC Children's Hospital Foundation Miracle Weekend team. We gathered for our annual Miracle Weekend Kick-off. For some of us “newbies” on the ChildRun Committee, it was a really great opportunity meet other Miracle Weekend volunteers and personalities.
This year is Miracle Weekend’s 25th Anniversary. But what have we learned?
A lot, thanks to your generous support over the years!
- 20 years ago: A child with Cystic Fibrosis would survive to an average age of 18
Today: That child will survive to an average age of 35
- 20 years ago: 90% of childhood cardiac surgeries were high risk
Today: 90% of childhood cardiac surgeries are low risk
- 20 years ago: Childhood cancer beat “us” 80% of the time
Today: 80% of childhood cancer patients go on to live a long life
One of the biggest changes, though, is that 20 years ago, families of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients had to wait at home or in the waiting room as their child received treatment. Today we welcome families at the bedside 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. What a difference this makes to everyone involved!
We also had the joy of meeting this year’s Miracle Weekend Child Ambassador, Lindsey Lourenco. This brave young woman is battling cancer for the third time. She’s a true inspiration to all of us with her strength, grace and sense of humour! Thank you, Lindsey.
It’s great to look back to see what has changed over 25 years, but there’s still more to be done. Please make sure you get involved in Miracle Weekend so we can keep improving healthcare for children!
Join ChildRun (a family fun event on June 3) as an individual, a family, a school or a team - or volunteer your time.
Help us make this – our 25th year – a success! I hope to see you on race day.