Vancouver teen named BC Children’s Hospital ambassador
September 22, 2015 – Vancouver, BC – Sixteen-year-old Aidan Chin has been named the 2016 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.
Aidan was diagnosed with leukemia at age 11 and spent three years enduring cancer treatment. His family emerged from this experience with a desire to give back to the hospital that saved Aidan’s life. Once a shy, soft-spoken boy, Aidan is prepared to give back publicly to the hospital and show his gratitude. He will represent BC Children’s Hospital through events and will be featured on social media in the year ahead.
“I wanted to let BC Children’s Hospital know how much they helped me medically and mentally,” said Aidan.
As BC’s representative in the Champions Across Canada program, Aidan and his family will embark on a tour to share their story of courage and hope. In February, the family will travel to Toronto 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. Please read more about Aidan's story.
“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 Aidan 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.”
Walmart Canada has been fundraising for children’s hospitals across Canada since 1994; in 2015, the company reached the milestone of raising $100 million cumulatively, with over $9.1 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 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. 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.
About Children’s Miracle Network
Children's Miracle Network® raises funds for 170 children's hospitals, 14 of which are in Canada. These hospitals, in turn, use the money where it's needed the most. When a donation is given, it stays in the community, ensuring that every dollar helps local children. Established in 1983, Children's Miracle Network raises funds to support critical research and education, purchase life-saving equipment, and ensure excellence in care, all in support of its mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at 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 launch event, please contact:
BC Children’s Hospital Foundation