As we come down from the excitement of Miracle Weekend and our astounding total of $20,018,608, it’s time to reflect on the generosity we’ve seen from every part of the province, and how it’s changing the lives of children and families who need critical care.
It was more than clear over June 4 and 5 that British Columbians who embarked on a year of fundraising and awareness activities, understand the great impact of their actions on the lives of children from across the province.
In this issue of Speaking of Children, we include a four-page section to acknowledge the people behind this enormous outpouring of support over the weekend – and the entire year. We are immensely grateful to all the families, individuals, organizations, volunteers and sponsors who have given their time and donations to improve the lives of children.
In these pages we also explore the remarkable world of the brain – the fascinating control centre that defines our movement, speech and perception. Caregivers, therapists and researchers at BC Children’s Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children stand at the forefront of advances in epilepsy, rehabilitation therapy, neuromuscular disease, neuro-oncology, and spinal cord treatment – and we’re grateful to the community of donors who make this important work possible.
While every one of the children we focus on in this issue must deal with his or her own complex condition, their stories share one thing in common: their ongoing treatment and care has been made possible through the compassion of our donors.
Thank you for your commitment to the health and well-being of BC’s children and, of course, for making Miracle Weekend such a success.
Teri Nicholas, MSW, RSW
President & CEO
BC Children’s Hospital Foundation
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