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Hospital And EJAF Benefits Planned This Spring

Tuesday 21 March 2006 @ 16:46 - GMT

 Diana Krall and some of the worlds most noted performers and humanitarians will focus the spotlight on fundraising for VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation to help pioneer made-in-B.C. cures for blood-related cancers and diseases at Vancouver General Hospital. Diana will be joined by her friends Tony Bennett, Elton, husband Elvis Costello and former U.S. President Bill Clinton at a private sold-out black tie charity benefit concert and auction at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on Sunday, April 23.

 

Care and hope is what we all want to provide for our loved ones, says Diana. Im forever grateful for the tremendous care my mother Adella received through the Leukemia and Bone Marrow Transplant Program. Im proud our efforts will support the vision of the talented team at VGH to find a cure and bring hope to families everywhere.

 

We are extremely fortunate to benefit from the leadership of the Krall family and the support of Dianas husband and friends. We are at a critical juncture to establish our hospital as a recognized world leader in hematology through the creation of a new unique Hematology Clinical Trials Unit at VGH, says Dr. Mike Barnett, Head of the VGH and UBC Divisions of Hematology. This charity benefit helps propel us forward to deliver unmatched care for people from across our province while bolstering our drive to pioneer made-in-B.C. cures for blood diseases.

 

Its a true honour for us to receive such enormous support from such a talented, prestigious and giving group of individuals, says Ron Dumouchelle, President and CEO, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. Our Foundation is grateful to Diana and her family and friends, who are helping the world-renowned health care professionals at our hospitals go from strength to strength and advance world-class health care for people in British Columbia.

 

The Division of Hematology and the Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant (L/BMT) Program of British Columbia is world-renowned for its care for people from across B.C. with cancers of the blood such as leukemia and multiple myeloma.


The charity benefit is a heartfelt expression of the Krall familys thanks to the wonderful care her mother received through the L/BMT Program at VGH. Adella Krall, mother of Diana and Michelle, enjoyed six additional precious years of life following her 1996 diagnosis of multiple myeloma - an incurable form of cancer that affects the immune system. Dianas previous five benefit concerts have collectively raised more than $1.3 million helping to purchase the latest, most advanced medical equipment, to support patient comfort needs and to assist out-of-town L/BMT patients. Since Adellas passing in May 2002, the Krall family has continued to demonstrate its commitment to VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. It is the familys desire to help others living with multiple myeloma to have the best care possible, to celebrate Adellas vision of helping L/BMT patients and their families and ultimately, to contribute to finding a cure. 


 

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation is a registered charity that raises funding for the latest, most sophisticated medical equipment, world-class research and improvements to patient care for Vancouver General Hospital, GF Strong Rehab Centre and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. For more than 25 years, the Foundation and its donor have been a bridge between the essential health care governments provide and the most advanced health care possible.

 

Donations in support of patient care and research may be sent to VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, 855 West 12th Ave. Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9 or by calling 604-874-4676 or made on-line at www.supportvgh.ca.

And earlier that month--on April 17, another fund raiser is planned.

Billed as an EJAF/Lestat event, it starts at 6 p.m. at New York's Hard Rock Cafe.

Tickets are $350 and $500, and can be purchased through AAB Productions, which can offer more details as well.

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