Maya Ahuja stands in front of the wall at BC Children’s Hospital with her picture on it.

Maya Ahuja stands in front of the wall at BC Children’s Hospital with her picture on it.

Team Miracle Maya raising funds for BC Children’s Hospital

Family and friends of youngster aim to bring in $100,000 over next two decades.

This Saturday, Big Kahuna Sports, with the help of an Abbotsford family, is aiming to help raise money for BC Children’s Hospital.

On Dec. 14, Big Kahuna Sports – located at 19036 22 Ave. – will donate 10 per cent of all sales to Team Miracle Maya, which is aiming to raise funds for the hospital.

Team Miracle Maya was created by Gary Ahuja, a reporter at the Langley Times, and his wife, Karm, in honour of their three-year-old daughter, Maya, who was born with a congenital heart defect called tetralogy of ballot, which reduces blood flow through the heart.

She required open-heart surgery and other care at the hospital when she was just four-months-old.

After her recovery, Maya was named BC Children’s Hospital’s 2013 “champion child” – her photo graces one wall in the hospital’s lobby, and the Ahuja family took part in last spring’s A World of Smiles Telethon.

Through Team Miracle Maya, they’ve aimed to raise $100,000 for the hospital over the next 20 years. So far, they’ve raised $12,500, mostly through donations from friends and family, as well as from a dinner/silent auction earlier this year.