Mining for Miracles Launches 2015 Diamond Draw

January 26, 2015 – Vancouver, BC – Mining for Miracles, the BC mining community’s longstanding fundraising campaign for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, kicked off its 2015 Diamond Draw at the Mineral Exploration Roundup Conference in Vancouver today. Diamond Draw proceeds will go toward the mining community’s goal of raising $3 million to support the creation of a new medical clinic at BC Children’s Hospital, which was announced by Premier Christy Clark at the Premier’s Natural Resource Forum in Prince George, BC on January 21.   

The Diamond Draw package, valued at over $16,000, includes a 1.20 carat cushion cut diamond, gold and designer setting donated respectively by C3 Alliance Corp., Teck Resources Limited and Costen Catbalue. Mining for Miracles thanks these supporters for their generosity.

“Since 1988, BC’s mining industry has raised more than $23.4 million for the children and families who visit BC Children’s Hospital, and 100 per cent of the funds raised by Mining for Miracles go directly to support areas of need at the hospital,” said Jeff Hanman, 2015 Co-Chair of Mining for Miracles. 

In 2015 and 2016, Mining for Miracles will raise $3 million, through BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, to support the development of the CAUSES Clinic. The new CAUSES Clinic will provide diagnostic DNA testing to support the accurate and efficient diagnosis of rare genetic diseases in children who would otherwise require numerous tests or might not be diagnosed at all. The CAUSES Clinic will also provide families with genetic counselling, clinical interpretation of complex testing results, and personalized recommendations for treatment.

“Today, a child with an undiagnosed illness has to endure a multitude of tests over many months that, in the end, might not even result in a diagnosis. With one test, the CAUSES Clinic is expected to provide a rapid and conclusive diagnosis in 50 to 70 per cent of children tested,” said Jason Weber, 2015 Co-Chair of Mining for Miracles. “For children with a treatable condition, this allows their treatment to be started immediately.”

Genome British Columbia has pledged to match Mining for Miracles’ commitment up to an additional $1 million and, in cooperation with the CAUSES Clinic, is seeking opportunities to leverage this partnership to secure additional funding.

The CAUSES Clinic’s single test will reduce the number of invasive tests required, such as biopsies, biochemical tests, expensive single gene tests or MRI scans, which may even require sedation. There are 7,000 known genetic disorders and the CAUSES Clinic will use a single genomic test capable of identifying all of these at once.This may reduce the number of tests required to diagnose a patient’s condition from 10 or more to just one. This has the potential to reduce costs to families and the health-care system.

As in previous years, the success of Mining for Miracles depends on the generosity of individuals and corporations throughout British Columbia. Donations can be made through employee and corporate fundraising initiatives or through fundraising events such as Jeans Day™, the Diamond Draw, Slo-Pitch Tournament or the Teck Celebrity Pie Throw, taking place on May 7, 2015.