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For Children We Care gala raises $416,720

Posted on 24/02/2014 8:30am

19th annual For Children We Care gala raises $416,720 for Diabetes Research Program at BC Children’s Hospital

February 24, 2014 – Vancouver, BC – The 19th annual For Children We Care gala, presented by the Metro Vancouver BMW Retailers, raised $416,720 for the Diabetes Research Program at BC Children’s Hospital on February 22. Held at the Vancouver Convention Centre, the annual gala was organized by members of the Chinese-Canadian community and was attended by over 500 people.

“The Chinese-Canadian community is one of our strongest and most loyal fundraising communities,” said Teri Nicholas, president & CEO of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. “For almost 20 years, through this gala, this community has made a difference in the lives of countless children and their families.”

Although it’s been almost a century since the discovery of insulin, diabetes is still an incurable disease that affects more than 200,000 British Columbians. Studies suggest that one in three children born in the year 2000 will be diagnosed with diabetes in his or her lifetime. To survive, children with diabetes must check their blood sugar level and inject insulin several times a day for life. Even with these measures, they risk devastating complications – blindness, heart and kidney disease, a shortened lifespan, among others. Researchers at BC Children’s Hospital are dedicated to finding better treatments, and a cure, for the disease.

Over the past 19 years the gala has raised $11 million for BC Children’s Hospital. Last year, the Chinese-Canadian community raised over $2.2 million for the Campaign for BC Children to support the construction of the new BC Children’s Hospital.

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 85,000 children made over 230,000 visits to BC Children’s Hospital. In 2012-13 BC Children’s Hospital Foundation received donations from more than 140,000 people and had revenues of $91.9 million. Funds raised by the foundation are used to support BC Children’s Hospital, its research institute and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. For more information visit www.bcchf.ca and follow @BCCHF on Twitter.

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For more information, contact:

Stephen Forgacs
Director, Communications
BC Children’s Hospital Foundation 
Tel: 604-875-2338
Cell: 604-719-4381
Email: sforgacs@bcchf.ca

Wendy Wong
Philanthropy Coordinator
BC Children’s Hospital Foundation
Tel: 604-875-2673
Cell: 604-250-9675
Email: wwong@bcch