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Crystal Ball raises $1.4 million

Posted on 21/11/2015 8:00am

Donors support creation of a healing experience in the new BC Children’s Hospital

November 21, 2015 – Vancouver, BC – Over 400 guests helped raise over $1.4 million at BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s 29th annual Crystal Ball, presented by Beedie Development Group, November 20 at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver. Proceeds from the Crystal Ball, which was emceed by Global BC’s Kate Gajdosik and Chris Gailus and chaired for the third time by Arya Eshghi, will be used to support the Children’s Healing Experience Project, aimed at ensuring the environment in the Teck Acute Care Centre, which will open in 2017 as the heart of the new BC Children’s Hospital, will fully support the healing process.

The Children’s Healing Experience Project is aimed at creating an environment that will help to reduce children’s pain and anxiety through positive distraction, while assisting with the clinical care and evaluation of young patients, and providing patients with a sense of control over their environment. Evidence shows the factors can speed healing.

"We have an opportunity to make the new BC Children’s Hospital the best possible healing environment for children,” said Teri Nicholas, president and CEO of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. “Our guests at the 29th annual Crystal Ball recognize the importance of the physical environment in the healing process and are contributing to ensuring children have an experience that is as free of pain and anxiety as possible.”

About BC Children’s Hospital

BC Children’s Hospital is the province’s only full-service acute-care hospital dedicated to serving close to one million children living in BC and the Yukon. All children who are seriously ill or injured are referred to Children’s Hospital and are either treated at the hospital facility in Vancouver or, with consultation from Children’s specialists, in their home community. Last year, more than 84,000 children were treated at Children’s Hospital. In 2014-15 BC Children’s Hospital Foundation received donations from more than 119,000 people and provided $57.3 million in grants and contributions to BC Children’s Hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, Child & Adolescent Mental Health and the Child & Family Research Institute. For more information visit www.bcchf.ca and follow @BCCHF on Twitter.

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Stephen Forgacs

Director, Communications

Office: 604-875-2338

Cell: 604-719-4381

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sforgacs@bcchf.ca