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Maple Ridge girl named BC Children’s Hospital ambassador

Posted on 10/09/2013 10:00am


Grace Teboekhorst takes on role as Children’s Miracle Network Champion, presented by Walmart Canada

Vancouver, BC – September 10, 2013 – Eight-year-old Grace Teboekhorst has been named the 2013-14 Champion Child as part of the Champions presented by Walmart Canada program – a Children’s Miracle Network program that honours remarkable children who have triumphed despite severe medical challenges. Today’s event celebrates the announcement of Grace’s role, in the presence of her family, friends and caregivers.


Grace Teboekhorst has a gift from her father that few children receive from their parents – a kidney.   Grace suffers from an extremely rare disease that at three years old left her fighting for her life, and her kidneys badly damaged.  Grace’s father, Dennis, was approved as her donor, and in August 2010, Grace received her new kidney and a chance at a healthy life.   Today, Grace still receives post-transplant care at BC Children’s Hospital, and she will need another kidney transplant in the future.  But for now, her family is focusing on the amazing year ahead as ambassadors for BC Children’s Hospital. 


“We are grateful to Walmart Canada for sponsoring the Champions program again this year and look forward to working closely with them throughout the year,” said Teri Nicholas, president and CEO of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. “Walmart Canada’s commitment to this program allows us to highlight remarkable kids, like Grace, each year as our hospital’s ambassador, bringing much-needed awareness to the cause and inspiring donations for sick children locally and across the country.”


As BC’s representative in the Champions program, Grace and her parents, Dennis and Melissa, and younger brother Calym, will embark on a tour to share their story of courage and hope. The Teboekhorst family will travel to Toronto on October 5 to join 11 other Canadian Champion children. The group will then head to Orlando, Florida, to join the 50 American Champion children and their families at the Children’s Miracle Network annual event, Celebration. Please see Grace’s full story on the next page.

About BC Children’s Hospital

BC Children’s Hospital is the province’s only full-service pediatric acute care hospital and serves the 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, in consultation with BC Children’s specialists, in their home community. Last year, more than 81,000 children were treated at Children’s Hospital. For more information, visit


About Children’s Miracle Network

Children's Miracle Network is a not-for-profit organization that helps kids by raising funds for 170 children’s hospitals across North America. In Canada, Children's Miracle Network raises funds for 14 children’s hospitals, and has raised more than $200 million since its inception. For more information, visit


About Walmart Canada

Walmart Canada’s sponsorship of the Champions program is an expression of its focus on making a difference in the communities in which their customers and associates live and work. Walmart Canada has one of the strongest community involvement programs in the country with a focus on supporting Canadian families in need. Since 1994, Walmart Canada has donated and raised more than $160 million to Canadian charities and not-for-profit organizations.



For more information and access to photos from the Champion Child launch event contact:

Joanna Newman
Communications Officer
BC Children’s Hospital Foundation
Phone: 604-875-2369    Email: