The CH.I.L.D. Foundation was established in 1995 to fund research for children who are stricken with Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and liver disorders. We are a federally registered organization, and our charitable tax number is BN 89897 4951 RR0001. We are fuelled by dedicated volunteers and have created an unprecedented public awareness, due in large part by donated support from the media and the business community. The CH.I.L.D. Foundation has taken this severely under-funded health issue in children and raised the profile to such an extent that health providers and hospital leaders, as well as the general public, are much more attentive to the needs of these children.
It has been twenty-two years since Grace McCarthy, OC, OBC, Lindsay Gordon, and Mary Parsons founded The CH.I.L.D. Foundation. The Foundation has established the very first Endowed Chair in Canada for Pediatric Gastroenterology Research at the University of British Columbia and the first Endowed Program at BC Children’s Hospital.
We have built BC’s first research lab on the site of BC Children’s Hospital. It now has twenty researchers and investigative staff and they are receiving National recognition for their work. We will launch a new initiative this year which employs all the latest technologies such as the Internet and Bio-informatics. A grant from the Government of British Columbia will allow us to initiate a Collaborative Approach to finding a cure for I.B.D. This will be a Canada-wide program. Imagine! All those in clinical and research centres all working together to focus on finding the cure! A first in Canada, this is the way of the future of research.
A total coordinated approach for care from bench research to bedside is envisioned, where young patients have the benefit of a coordinated approach from knowledgeable health care professionals and dedicated research scientists.