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Mining Community's Hooked on Miracles Raises $400,000 for BC Children's Hospital

TOFINO, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/27/14 -- The Hooked on Miracles Charity Fishing Tournament, which raises funds for the BC mining community's longstanding fundraising campaign, Mining for Miracles, raised more than $400,000 for BC Children's Hospital from June 19 to 23.

This signature Mining for Miracles event, which took place in Tofino, gives mining companies and suppliers an opportunity to come together to raise funds for the BC mining industry's charity of choice, BC Children's Hospital. Since its inception in 2011, the event has raised over $1.7 million to benefit children across BC and the Yukon.

"Hooked on Miracles participants understand the importance of giving back to their local community," said Al Cloke, Hooked on Miracles co-chair. "This event is one more opportunity for them to support an organization that helps children and their families when they are most vulnerable."

The 2014 event saw the coveted title of Angler of the Year awarded to Dr. Bruce Verchere, scientist and head of the Diabetes Research Program at the Child & Family Research Institute at BC Children's Hospital. Dr. Verchere cinched his win at Hooked on Miracles by catching the largest fish, a 24-pound salmon. "It was great to see Dr. Bruce Verchere claim this title", said Dave Sharples, Hooked on Miracles co-chair. "His catch is only outweighed by the incredible work he does in the field of childhood diabetes research."

Hooked on Miracles contributes significantly to the Mining for Miracles' annual fundraising campaign for BC Children's Hospital. Proceeds from the 2014 event will go toward fulfilling Mining for Miracles' commitment to fund the development of the BC Children's Hospital BioBank.

Biobanking is a new and indispensable research tool that holds the potential to improve treatments and find cures for diseases affecting millions of children around the world. It will be the first institutional pediatric biobank in Canada and will facilitate breakthrough medical discoveries that will improve the lives of children suffering from debilitating and life-limiting diseases.

Visit www.hookedonmiracles.ca and www.miningformiracles.ca for more information.

About Biobanking

Biobanks safely preserve collections of biological samples. Scientists who are members of the bank can seek permission to make a withdrawal from the bank and use the samples for research. In the last 40 years, the survival rate for children with cancer has increased dramatically from 10 per cent to 78 per cent. This advancement is due to extensive research and the development of new treatments. Similar progress has been made with other pediatric diseases. A biobank offers researchers a "ready-to-use" collection of samples that form the basis for the research experiments that will facilitate new breakthroughs in treating childhood diseases.

About Mining for Miracles

Since 1988, Mining for Miracles has raised over $23.4 million for BC Children's Hospital. Every year, volunteers from the mining community work together to help improve the quality of health care for children in our province. One hundred per cent of funds raised through Mining for Miracles are directed toward specific projects at BC Children's Hospital. Through its support of the construction of facilities and acquisition of specialized medical equipment at the hospital, Mining for Miracles is helping to keep BC Children's Hospital at the forefront of pediatric care excellence.

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 85,000 children were treated at Children's Hospital. In 2013-14 BC Children's Hospital Foundation received donations from more than 118,000 people and had revenues of $92.2 million. Funds raised by the foundation are used to support BC Children's Hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children and the Child & Family Research Institute. For more information visit www.bcchf.ca and follow @BCCHF on Twitter.

Contacts:
Jason Weber
Mining for Miracles Chair
604-807-7217

Veronika Pavlina
BC Children's Hospital Foundation
Philanthropy Officer
604-875-2504

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