About Festival of Trees
Help raise funds for diabetes research at BC Children’s Hospital.
Festival of Trees, presented by Scotiabank, brings local businesses and organizations along with members of the community together in support of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Trees get sponsored and spruced up to go on display for everyone to enjoy over the holiday.
This year, funds will go towards transforming diabetes care for kids in BC. You can participate by sponsoring a tree or donating to support the events held at our five locations across BC.
Diabetes research at BC Children’s Hospital: On the cusp of a cure
"We are poised for what could be the final sprint to find a cure. Our researchers have had amazing recent breakthroughs in stem cells, cell therapy and disease prediction, and have access to incredible technologies. I'm excited to lead this group of experts in our shared quest to lessen the burden of childhood diabetes by finding new ways to predict, prevent and cure this devastating disease.
Dr. Francis Lynn, Head, Canucks for Kids Fund Childhood Diabetes Laboratories
Your support helps change lives for tomorrow.
Diabetes affects every aspect of how families live. For kids like Hennessey, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 10, this illness feels like a life sentence. She constantly needs to monitor what and when she eats, activities she can and can’t do and the never-ending need for around-the-clock monitoring.
Your support will help provide a lifeline for kids and families who are shouldering the challenges of diabetes alone—and give them hope for a brighter future.
The numbers behind our quest
Over 900 kids receive ongoing expert care from BC Children's every year
Type 1 diabetes affects 90% of kids with diabetes
In BC alone, there are 2,500 children and youth who are currently living with diabetes
Diabetes is a lifelong disease that currently can't be prevented or cured
Experts at BC Children's are leading the way to find new ways to diagnose, treat and reverse this devastating disease
A child is diagnosed with diabetes every three to four days