On May 12, 2008 , our CH.I.L.D. Foundation was given a grant of twelve million dollars, announced by Premier Gordon Campbell at B.C. Children’s Hospital. Information and an explanation of the grant can be found on this website. The grant is to be used to implement The CH.I.L.D. National Research Collaborative and the CH.I.L.D. National Research Network.
These two initiatives answer the question asked over many years: “Why don’t researchers and all medical Disciplines who work on a cure for IBD get together, communicate and co-ordinate in order to find a cure for Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Liver Disorders?” With a $12 million grant, we are launching the CH.I.L.D. Collaborative and the CH.I.L.D. National Research Network to address this question, to find a cure for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Through this grant and these initiatives British Columbia will lead Canada in initiating a program that concentrates on every group and individual working on I.B.D. to collate the information; that is, share their expertise and share our vision: FIND A CURE.
Can we now stop working? Not until we find a cure.
We’re not there yet and in the meantime, the CH.I.L.D. Foundation will, with your help, continue to raise funds for research for the quest for a cure.
Research requires substantial financial resources. Our CH.I.L.D. Research Laboratory at Children’s Hospital now has twenty people working daily to find a cure. We feel sure that with their dedication, the support of the community, and our new idea to enjoin with all Canadian researchers, we will be successful.
May 12, 2008 was a great day for us all and we should pause to appreciate our wonderful B.C. Government grant, the work of our volunteer Board of Directors and all of our volunteers, supporters, doctors, researchers and donors.
And now, time to go to work to help all the children we serve!