Foster to talk about 2016 David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala & Concert – Sept. 24 in Winnipeg
What: Every year, David Foster hosts an annual fundraising gala, bringing celebrity friends, and this year it is at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. Foster and community partners will be providing an update on the progress of the David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala & Concert.
Foster will be available for individual interviews following the formal portion of the press conference. Joining Foster will be a family from Winnipeg. Their 3.5 year-old daughter underwent a life-saving liver organ transplant, supported by the Foundation.
Why: Funds from the annual Miracle Gala supports the non-medical expenses of Canadian families with children undergoing life-saving organ transplants. As well as being an important fundraising event for the David Foster Foundation, the annual Gala assists in building awareness of the need for increased organ donor registration across the country.
Currently, any child who requires any organ transplant other than kidney must travel outside of Manitoba to transplant hospitals for treatment, which adds significant non-medical expenses for families.
When: Monday, April 4, 2016 from 11 a.m. to noon
Where: Buhler Hall, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, 85 Israel Asper Way, Winnipeg, MB.
Available for Interviews:
- David Foster, Chairman, David Foster Foundation
- Michael Ravenhill, CEO, David Foster Foundation
- Jim Treliving, Board of Directors, David Foster Foundation, and $1 million Life Legacy Member
- Gail Stephens, Board of Directors, David Foster Foundation, Winnipeg Gala Chair
- Nazdana Jan (with her family), age 3, liver transplant recipient supported by the David Foster Foundation
Nazdana Jan was born in Portage La Prairie in 2012 with an urea cycle disorder, a genetic disease that causes ammonia to build up in the body. Due to Nazdana’s medical condition her parents, Jouhar Ali and Alia Jouhar who had recently immigrated from Pakistan in April of 2012, had to relocate to Winnipeg to be close to the Health Science Centre for medical care. Doctors at the Alberta Children’s Hospital said if left untreated, the disease would lead to brain damage and death. The family was required to travel to Calgary to seek medical care for Nazdana. In an attempt to stabilize Nazdana’s ammonia levels until she was big enough for a liver transplant doctors performed a series of liver stem cell transplants with the healthy cells keeping the her ammonia levels down. This experimental procedure performed by doctors at Alberta Children’s hospital in Calgary and had only been performed approximately 20 times around the world.
In 2013, The David Foster Foundation was able to assist the family after they had returned back to Winnipeg from Calgary with flights, accommodation, transportation and meals to attend the liver transplant assessment at Toronto Sickkids Hospital since there was no transplant program in Manitoba. Nazdana was listed for a liver transplant, and on April 22, 2014 she was given the gift of life when she finally received the liver she so desperately needed. The David Foster Foundation was able to continue supporting the family while they were required to temporarily relocate to Toronto for liver transplant. Throughout Nazdana’s recovery there have been many readmissions to hospital, and follow up medical appointments. Although the province of Manitoba was able to reimburse the family for the patient and one parent’s flight, the family was required to cover the additional costs.
The family is so grateful for all the collective effort of the doctors, nurses, social workers, and the community that has helped to save Nazdana’s life. Today Nazdana is 3.5 years old and back home with her sister and parents in Winnipeg recovering from a follow up procedure in January almost two years after her liver transplant. The family continues to attend ongoing transplant follow up and medical appointments to maintain Nazdana’s health.
- The David Foster Foundation has assisted more than 1,000 Canadian families with children in need of major organ transplants and provided millions of dollars in direct family support.
- The average cost to support one family is $10,000 annually
- The closest pediatric centres for Manitoba transplant families are SickKids (Toronto) and Stollery (Edmonton)
About the David Foster Foundation
David Foster is a proud Canadian, Recipient of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Order of Canada, 50-time nominee and 16-time Grammy Award winner (including three for Producer of the Year), three time Oscar nominee, Golden Globe winner, seven time Juno Award winner, Emmy award winner and has the distinguished honour to have his star on both the Canadian and Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is the man behind the biggest hits, with more than half a billion records sold. In 2015, the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria recognized Foster as their Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year.
Foster launched the David Foster Foundation in his hometown of Victoria in 1986. Across Canada, the David Foster Foundation financially supports families for all non-medical expenses while their children are undergoing lifesaving organ transplants. Thanks to its annual fundraising efforts and the generous support of national partners like TELUS, WestJet, Aird & Berlis LLP, Schnitzer, AMJ Campbell Vanlines, and Hope Air families receive support for expenses incurred when travelling away from their homes to be with their child during transplant.
In 2014, the Slaight Family Foundation, Newton Glassman Foundation in partnership with Catalyst Capital Group Inc., Jim & Sandi Treliving, and Tan Sri Dr. Francis Yeoh joined the Oak Bay Beach Hotel and TELUS as the Foundation’s $1M Life Legacy members.
The Foundation also promotes organ donor awareness and registration in both Canada and the United States. For more information, visit www.davidfosterfoundation.com.
Brian Cant, Tartan Group: 250-592-3838, 250-888-8729 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org