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The Campaign for BC Children
Today, there is a profound need for a new Children's Hospital for the province's sick and injured children. The current hospital is antiquated and doesn't meet the needs of today's patients. That's why we are asking everyone in BC to join the Campaign for BC Children and help us to build a new BC Children's Hospital.
The construction of a new BC Children's Hospital - which includes a state-of-the-art acute care centre, moving child development and rehabilitation services from Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children to the Oak Street site, and Child Health BC - will cost $683 million. It's a big number - and an investment that will generate savings in the years ahead not only through lives saved, but also from operating efficiencies that will result in improved health for generations to come.
We are building a new hospital unequalled in class, designed for the 21st century: a Children's Hospital that puts the lives and work of the people within it first. It will be family-centred and future focused - a beacon of hope for our sickest and most severely injured children and their families.
For more information, please visit our Campaign for BC Children page.
Introducing our Festival of Trees Vancouver Champion Child - Sierra Whyte
Looking back, Jennifer and Deric know if they had waited a few more weeks before bringing their then 22-month-old daughter, Sierra, to see doctors at BC Children’s they might have lost her. What were seemingly flu-like symptoms – lethargy, paleness, bruising and a fever – turned out to be something deadlier. Sierra was diagnosed with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Since that life-altering diagnosis, Sierra has endured 15 blood and platelet transfusions, 22 lumbar punctures, three bone marrow biopsies and rounds of intravenous chemotherapy at BC Children’s Hospital.
In May 2012, Sierra – now four years old – completed her last phase of treatment. Sierra will continue to come to the hospital for follow-up appointments and monthly blood work for the next five years, but her prognosis for the future is positive. Jennifer and Deric are grateful to the team of specialists at BC Children’s for saving their daughter’s life and say Sierra is the best testament to the amazing work that takes place in the hospital every day.