Founded by high school student Perri Tutelman in 2009, Cures for Kids is a Vancouver-based organization that raises funds and awareness for Cancer research programs in BC. This month, they will be hosting the second annual Making Magic Show at the River Rock.
When she returned from the National Science Fair in 2009, Perri (who has since been named one of Canada’s “Top 20 Under 20“), knew she wanted to do more with her knowledge of the cellular mechanics of diseases.
Already a volunteer at Canuck Place, she wanted to do more. “I told myself can do more than being a physical help once a week for 4 hours,” Perri told me during our telephone chat last week.
“I do it all because I love to do it – and my age isn’t an obstacle, it just pushes me further.”
Perri’s been able to rally and impressive Board of Directors for Cures for Kids, from Dr. David Suzuki to Seth Rogan. “I just wrote a letter,” added Perri. “I told them about my passion and drive to support research.”
Cures for Kids currently supports pediatric health research projects at UBC and the BC Children’s Hospital, with plans to go national in the future. With the support of traditional media and social networking (Twitter & Facebook), word is spreading quickly about this initiative. Perri’s goal is to finish up high school and continue her studies to become a doctor in pediatrics. “I want to be helping kids no matter what.”
Tickets for the Making Magic Show are just $15 and are currently on sale. The event will include carnival activities and of course a magic show for all ages. It’s happening March 20th at 2:00pm which is during Spring Break for most kids so it would be great way to spend time with the family, for a cause.