Tsawwassen teen named BC Children’s Hospital ambassador
Taylin McGill takes on role as Children’s Miracle Network Champion, presented by Walmart Canada
October 19, 2016 – Vancouver, BC – Fourteen-year-old Taylin McGill has been named the 2017 Champion Child for BC Children’s Hospital as part of the Champions presented by Walmart Canada program. This Children’s Miracle Network program honours remarkable children who have triumphed despite severe medical challenges.
As a newborn, Taylin was diagnosed with salmonella bacterial meningitis—a very rare and serious infection in the brain. It caused swelling in her brain that led to her suffering from severe seizures. By age seven, Taylin endured her fourteenth brain surgery. In fourteen years, it is estimated that hundreds of people at BC Children’s Hospital–from pediatric specialists to housekeeping–have been part of Taylin’s journey in providing care to manage and overcome her health challenges. Despite her significant struggles, Taylin’s positive, energetic attitude has not waivered, and her parents feels strongly about giving back to the hospital that saved their daughter’s life.
As BC’s representative in the Champions Across Canada program, Taylin and her family will embark on a tour to share their story of spirit and courage. In March, the family will travel to Ottawa to join 11 other Canadian Champion children. The group will then head to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, to join 50 American Champion children and their families at the Children’s Miracle Network annual event, Celebration.
“We are grateful to Walmart Canada for sponsoring the Champions program 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 Taylin each year as our hospital’s ambassador, bringing much-needed awareness to the cause and inspiring donations for sick and injured children locally and across the country.”
Since 1994, Walmart Canada has been fundraising for children’s hospitals across Canada, and in 2015 reached a cumulative fundraising milestone of $100 million, with $9.7 million directed to 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 BC 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 84,000 children were treated at BC Children’s Hospital. 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 follow @BCCHF on Twitter.
About Children's Miracle Network
Children’s Miracle Network raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network has raised more than $4.7 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at https://www.childrensmiraclenetwork.ca/
About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 395 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada's flagship online store, www.walmart.ca, is visited by 450,000 customers daily. With more than 90,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada's largest employers and is ranked one of the country's top 10 most influential brands. Walmart Canada's extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need. Since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated more than $230 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.ca, facebook.com/walmartcanada and twitter.com/walmartcanada.
For more information and access to photos from the Champion Child program, please contact:
BC Children’s Hospital Foundation