CRMC will tap into the power of personalized medicine to help stop cardiac arrest in children before it strikes.
Mining for Miracles Launches 2022 Campaign
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mining for Miracles, BC’s longstanding mining industry fundraising campaign for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, launched its 2022 campaign today with Premier John Horgan, in support of BC Children’s Center for Cellular and Regenerative Medicine (CRMC) at the hospital, the first of its kind in Western Canada.
“Mining for Miracles continues to demonstrate how the women and men who work in BC’s mining industry contribute to the strength and resilience of families and communities in our province,” said Premier Horgan. “It’s just one of the many ways the resource industry strengthens our province.”
In 2022, Mining for Miracles is launching the final leg of its campaign to fulfill its commitment, made in 2020, to create the CRMC, a $3.385 million initiative. CRMC will give BC Children’s clinicians the tools to better understand the genetic cause of cardiac arrhythmias so they can provide the best possible care to BC children. This will result in better diagnoses, the identification of optimal treatments and, eventually, cures, improving and saving the lives of children across the province and beyond. In the future, the CRMC could also be used to provide answers for the thousands of children living with other life-changing conditions, such as diabetes, cancer, bowel disease and epilepsy.
“Through this initiative, we are taking a giant step towards improving health care for children in British Columbia,” said Dr. Shubhayan Sanatani, Division Chief of Cardiology at BC Children’s Hospital. “This center will use personalized medicine in ways we have not imagined before.”
“We receive incredible support for the annual Mining for Miracles campaign from the thousands of women and men who work in the mining industry. In 35 years, we’ve raised over $35 million to support children’s health through initiatives like Pie Throw,” said Karla Mills, Co-Chair of Mining for Miracles and Vice President, Project Development at Teck.
“Together, we are ensuring that the children of our province have access to world-class health care,” added Jelena Puzic, Co-Chair of Mining for Miracles and Director of Geoscience Services at Teck.
As a new addition to the 2022 campaign, reflecting diversity and inclusion in the mining community, the Mining for Miracles team also introduced a new mascot – Betty the Miner. Buddy and Betty will continue to be Mining for Miracles ambassadors at various events across the province during the campaign..
About Mining for Miracles
For more than 30 years, the BC mining community has worked together through Mining for Miracles to help improve the quality of health care for children in our province. Through its support of facility construction, innovative research and the acquisition of specialized medical equipment at the hospital, Mining for Miracles helps keep BC Children’s Hospital at the forefront of excellence in pediatric care. Industry donations have had a tremendous positive impact on the health and well-being of BC children, families and communities. will take place over three action-packed days starting Tuesday, June 7, 2022. Fundraising ends Thursday, May 19. Follow @Mining4Miracles on social media or visit www.miningformiracles.ca for more Support information. Look. Make a donation.
About BC Children’s Hospital Foundation
BC Children’s Hospital is the only hospital in the province dedicated exclusively to the care of children and is one of the few pediatric medical centers in Canada with a world-class acute care facility, research institute , a mental health facility and a rehabilitation center, all on a single campus. BC Children’s leading experts provide a level of specialized expertise, innovative therapies and child-centered care found nowhere else in the province, including for the sickest and most seriously injured. At the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, our vision is that every child is healthy and able to achieve their hopes and dreams. The generosity of donors fuels our ability to help defeat childhood illnesses and address the biggest health challenges facing children today. Please follow us at @bchf or visit bcchf.ca for more information.
Why is the creation of the CRMC so important?
Each year, approximately 50,000 Canadians, including children, will die suddenly from cardiac arrest.
Ten percent of children with heart rhythm disorders are at high risk of sudden cardiac arrest – a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops and, if not treated within minutes, is deadly.
There are 1,000 families followed by the BC Inherited Heart Rhythm Disorder Program, a group of cardiology specialists, as well as medical genetics which identifies, screens and supports people in the province affected by inherited heart rhythm disorders that put them at risk of a sudden heart attack. Stop.
Health care is increasingly using genetics to determine why diseases occur. CRMC will give BC Children’s clinicians the tools to better understand the genetic cause of cardiac arrhythmias so they can provide the best possible care to BC children.
Currently, to find the appropriate treatment options to prevent cardiac arrest, doctors must determine through trial and error which combination of cardiac arrhythmia medications is right for each child.
With just ten drops of blood, CRMC researchers will be able to create a “disease in a dish” where they can generate and study the beating heart cells of a specific child.
By studying the cells in the lab, researchers can determine if children are at high risk for sudden cardiac arrest and help determine the best treatment options.
How BC Children’s CRMC will transform pediatric cardiac care
The CRMC will be the first of its kind in Western Canada
CRMC has the potential to avoid years of uncertainty and reduce potential risks and side effects of ineffective drug options. British Columbia’s children need CRMC so they can receive a more accurate diagnosis and tailored treatment options.
The future vision of CRMC is to expand beyond childhood cardiac arrhythmias and apply this advanced technology to improve care for children living with other conditions, such as diabetes, cancer, bowel disease and epilepsy.
BC Children’s has the clinical and scientific expertise to be a leader in pediatric cellular and regenerative medicine, but it needs the infrastructure and equipment to do so.
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CONTACT: CONTACT INFORMATION For more information please contact: Karla Mills Mining for Miracles Co-Chair 604.699.4618 Jelena Puzic Mining for Miracles Co-Chair 604.699.4022 Lindsay Turner Associate Director, Corporate Partnerships BC Children's Hospital Foundation 604.449.6323