How You Can Help
Why we need you!
When finally your child's doctor diagnoses the terrible and painful symptoms of Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis in your child, you then know it is a life sentence. There is no cure. The bleeding, the razor-sharp pain, the vomiting, the swelling, the fatigue, the total feeling of being unwell -- each day a challenge -- continues on and on. And it continues without attention, without recognition, because who wants to talk about a child's problem with constant diarrhea or a child's colostomy? It is a hidden disease. These are forgotten children.
You are told that your child's intestine is like a soaker hose which cannot hold the nutrients from food. And you watch while either the steroid treatment used for Crohn's swells their face and bodies, or the lack of nourishment diminishes their small bodies to the size of children half their age.
Thousands of adults exist with Crohn's and Colitis, always wondering when the next severe onslaught will happen -- not able to plan a trip or even an evening out without apprehension.
We established the CH.I.L.D. Foundation to find a cure -- to establish research in collaboration with B.C.'s Children's Hospital under the aegis of Drs. David Israel, Eric Hassall, Rick Schreiber and Kevin Jacobson. Our focus is on a cure through research. We believe, too, that when we find a cure for children, it will ultimately be a cure for adults.
Our Foundation, is working around the clock to help these very sick children. But we need your financial contribution.
Please make a difference in the life of a sick child -- a forgotten child.
The CH.I.L.D. Foundation represents
hope for the thousands of children suffering from digestive disorders and
their families. They are counting on us to make a difference - and we are
counting on you. With your help, we can provide more specialists, an improved
clinic, research, medical and public education. Your gift will ensure that
children receive care quickly, and that reseach is undertaken to provide
new approaches to treatment, and to finding a cure.
Our first initiative was to raise $3 million -- and we reached
that goal in June 2000! It took intense work by our dedicated Board of Directors.
We are now embarked on our second phase, and that will establish the Digestive
Disorder Programme under the direction of our renowned pediatric gastroentroligists.
This program will knit the various medical disciplines together and bring
the collective wisdom and expertise to treating the children we serve. The
need for funding this program and our research makes the continuation of
our fund-raising efforts even more urgent.
Make every penny count
We were established in 1995 and in just
9 years, we have raised over $9 million, raised the public awareness
of Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Liver Disorders in children,
and begun the process to recruit the first of two scientific researchers.
When we reached the first plateau, the need for some assistance
was recognized. In October 2000, we began to purchase some services which
results in a more efficient operation. These services include secretarial
and accounting help, but are kept to a minimum.
Our organization continues to operate from rent-free quarters with few expenses. All our advertising and public relations are donated.
We want most of your donation to go to research for children.
We have no travel expenses.
We know it is important to the donor that administration and operation of
the foundation be kept to the lowest level possible.
do I direct my donation?
You can make a donation to the CH.I.L.D. Foundation
- Donating directly
to the CH.I.L.D. Foundation - in which case you receive a tax receipt
under tax exemption number BN 89897 4951 RR0001
Donating through the United Way
- providing you designate Specifically that the donated
dollars are to go to the CH.I.L.D. Foundation, the United Way will send
you a tax receipt and forward the donation to the CH.I.L.D. Foundation.
We will acknowlege your gift with our letter as well.
Donations made by VISA
or Mastercard or American Express may be made on-line
through our Donation Form, or
by telephone in Vancouver (604) 736-0645 or Toll-free: 1-877-672-4453
Please mail all donations
made by cheque to:
(Children with Intestinal and Liver Disorders)
Suite 201 – 2150 Western Parkway
Vancouver, BC V6T 1V6