MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
The year 2016 marks a time of new beginnings for all of us involved with Miracle Weekend. At last year’s event, we witnessed what can happen when great minds, enthusiastic volunteers and the most generous people in British Columbia work together toward a common goal. The total broke Miracle Weekend records: a whopping $18.8 million raised. It was heartening to see such a shared dedication toward a brighter future for BC’s kids, and it was a thrill to see that passion translated into dollars for treatment, equipment and research at the hospital.
I’m delighted to welcome Dan Whalley as Miracle Weekend vice-chair. Dan is vice-president of Personal Banking at Prospera Credit Union, and he’s known for his longtime community service. Miracle Weekend supporters have proven they have the capacity to change lives, and I know Dan will be just as impressed as I am with the dedication and generosity of British Columbians.
I encourage all British Columbians to take part in Miracle Weekend, and support the urgent needs of BC Children’s Hospital, its research institute and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. Through participating in events like Jeans Day ™, Slo-Pitch and RBC Run for the Kids, or by starting your own fundraising event or giving at the register during a shopping trip, you are making a big difference.
Thank you for being a part of Miracle Weekend.
Allen Bordeleau, Overwaitea Food GroupChair, 2016 Miracle Weekend
BC CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL MIRACLE WEEKEND ON GLOBAL BC
Tune in to the 29th annual Miracle Weekend Saturday June 4 from 7:00 pm to Sunday, June 5 at 5:30 pm
Meet sixteen-year-old Aidan Chin, our 2015-16 Champion Child for BC Children’s Hospital who will take part in the Champions presented by Walmart Canada program. This Children’s Miracle Network program honours remarkable children who have triumphed despite severe medical challenges.
In February of 2011, when I was 11, I suddenly became weak and tired. My parents thought it was just the flu. My mom took me to see the family doctor and I had to go for blood work. Later that evening, my parents got a call from the doctor, who told her to take me to BC Children’s Hospital immediately. My oncologist, Dr. Dix, told me that I had T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia – a childhood blood cancer. My reaction was not surprise or shock but “is there a cure and am I going to get through it?”
The first year was rough. I had to stay in the hospital overnight for long periods. I had to go to the BC Children’s Hospital oncology follow-up clinic five days a week and I had to get high doses of medication, a special mask made for cranial radiation and a lumbar puncture (a shot of methotrexate into my spine) every other month. On alternating months, I received vincristine. I lost weight so I was placed on a feeding tube, which was extremely painful. Whenever I touched my hair it would come out in clumps. This was stressing me out, so I talked to my dad about the hair loss and he shaved my head. In June 2014, I completed treatment and the ventricular access device was removed from my chest. Although the chemo treatment has stopped, the emotional side effects of cancer are an ongoing challenge. At a teen oncology group at Children’s, patients support each other; through that group, I have made many friends and lost friends.
As this year’s Champion Child, I hope to raise awareness through my stories and speeches about the care BC Children’s Hospital gives and how it’s a second home for kids like me and our families.
Thank you to Walmart Canada for giving me the opportunity to be one of the champion children (or teens) of 2016 and thanks to everyone for your support!
Jeans Day™ Looking for a fun and simple way to raise money in your workplace? Register your company today at www.jeansday.ca and become a Jeans Day™ Champion. Champion packages are shipped in early to mid-March to help kick-start your fundraising. Register today and #JeanUp – dare to wear your denim head-to-toe –on Thursday, April 28! www.jeansday.ca
Slo-Pitch Don’t miss your chance to be part of every office’s favourite corporate team-building event May 27, 28 and 29! Complete with food, drinks, prizes, 50/50 draws, a Kids’ Zone and some friendly competition, Slo-Pitch is a fun way to bring colleagues together and network with your industry, all in support of children and families across BC. Slo-Pitch attracts more than 1,000 participants, donors, volunteers and sponsors annually and has raised more than $8.7 million over the past 25 years to help fund BC Children’s Hospital’s most urgent needs. Recreational games and industry-designated tournaments are filling up quickly. Sign up your team today at www.bcchf.ca/slopitch.
RBC Run for the Kids (formerly ChildRun) takes place Sunday, June 5, 2016. As the largest family fun run in Vancouver, RBC Run for the Kids inspires participants to raise funds for childhood cancer research and treatment as well as pediatric mental health initiatives at BC Children’s Hospital. RBC Run for the Kids will host runners and walkers of all ages and abilities on an exciting run through Queen Elizabeth Park, where participants can choose between a scenic two-kilometre Fun Run or five-kilometre route. Register for this can’t-miss event www.bcchf.ca/rbcrun.
Chinese-Canadian Miracle Weekend Drawing upon the support of the Chinese-Canadian community, the Chinese-Canadian Miracle Weekend is a multimedia event that coincides with BC Children’s Hospital Miracle Weekend on Global BC and airs on Fairchild Television, CHMB AM1320 and Fairchild Radio AM1470. This year, fundraising events will wrap up on June 4 with a telethon and two radiothons featuring patient stories, interviews and community fundraising highlights. Organizers invite the community to participate in charity sales and other activities to support the most urgent health needs of BC’s children. www.bcchf.ca/CCMW
The Miracle Weekend Team
Miracle Weekend Executive
Allen Bordeleau, Overwaitea Food Group, Chair
Dan Whalley, Prospera Credit Union, Vice-Chair
Dr. Mary Bennett, BC Children’s Hospital
Miracle Weekend Fundraising Cabinet
Todd Laycraft, TD Bank, Chair
CHINESE-CANADIAN MIRACLE WEEKEND
Thomas Lee, RBC, Chair
Clara Kan, Vice-Chair
CREDIT UNIONS, INSURANCE & FINANCIAL SERVICES
Valerie Mackey, Aldergrove Credit Union, Chair
Lesley Lamb, G&F Financial Group, Vice-Chair
HOSPITAL LIAISON COMMITTEE
Debbie Cain, BC Children’s Hospital, Chair
Dave Kobayashi, BC Children’s Hospital, Vice-Chair
Cynthia Curll, Jeans Day™ Ambassador
Jeff Hanman, Teck, Chair
RBC RUN FOR THE KIDS
Constance Baechler, RBC, Chair
Sheila Louis, ActiveState, Vice-Chair
REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT
Roger Steers, Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd., Chair
RETAIL & WHOLESALE
Shawn Loftus, Overwaitea Food Group, Chair
Kendall Andersen, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Chair
SOUTH ASIAN COMMUNITY
Anita Bathe, News 1130 Radio, Community Ambassador
Building for Kids Charity Golf Classic
Shaun Johnston, BMS Group, Co-Chair
Gavin Yee, Ventana Construction Corporation, Co-Chair
Miracle Weekend Operations Cabinet
David Rooney & Nia Vekris, Co-Chairs
Carolyn Davies, Chair
Christina Papadimitriou, Chair
Brina Soni, Chair
A.K. Hudani, Chair
Rita Ferrara, Vice-Chair
John Chandler, Chair
Carol Miller & Louise Schmiing, Co-Chairs
Communities For Kids
Kathy Berg & Andrea van Rossum, Co-Chairs
Barbara-Anne Kalugin & Steven Kalugin, Co-Chairs
John Abbott & Richard Mintz, Co-Chairs
Cherie Caillet & Lisa Baumeler, Co-Chairs
UPPER FRASER VALLEY
Pat Johnson, Chair
Corleen McNolty & Michelle Roberge, Co-Chairs
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