For the past year and a half, we have been holding out our hats, shamelessly hitting up family, friends, and strangers for donations to the Addison Pediatric Transplant Research Project. We didn’t really know what to expect when we launched our little fund at the end of 2013. All we knew was we wanted to make a difference. We want to help find a cure for transplant so those scary statistics that say heart transplant patients only have a 50-60% chance of survival 10-years post-transplant can be kicked to the curb.
Last month, we had reached $21,000, thanks to the generosity of so many people. We were confident we would have $25,000 by the end of this year so we could fund our first Venture Grants through the Transplant Research Foundation of BC, which happened to be transitioning to a new partnership with the VGH/UBC Hospital Foundation at the time. At our last board meeting to iron out all the final details, the VGHF surprised us by announcing a generous gift to get the Addison Project to $25,000 – we now have funds for our first research project! Woohoo!!!
We are over the moon with excitement about the possibilities. We are touched the VGHF sees the great value in what we hope to accomplish through research. Children are not little adults and they need specific pediatric-focused research to find the treatments and therapies that will ultimately lead to an organ transplant cure. I know together we can make a difference. After all look how far we have already come!
Thank you for your continued generosity and support. We don’t plan to stop for a long time so take this as fair warning…we’ll be keeping that hat held out. 🙂
Elaine, Aaron and Addison