I can’t even begin to imagine what it’s like to have a child need the care of The Hospital for Sick Children – my little sister was there for a few months back in the summer of 2004, and it was hard enough to watch her cope with recovery and her extended stay.
I remember seeing the many young patients at the hospital and just thinking to myself how lucky I was to have had good health all my life, and how lucky my sister was at that moment to be in a place where such quality and innovative care could be given. It was a miracle my sister recovered as well as she did, and it’s also been a miracle that our family hasn’t had to go back again.
It’s thanks to many fundraising efforts that Sick Kids can continue to do the great work they do, which is why events like Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day are so important.
Today from 12-2pm, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel will be at The Hospital for Sick Children help kick off Dairy Queen Canada’s 10th annual Miracle Treat Day with a blizzard in July event that will see the front lawn of Sick Kid’s literally transformed into a winter wonderland complete with blowing snow and an ice rink.
The event will give Sick Kids patients the opportunity to join Kessel for delicious Blizzard Treats and winter fun, and there will be 5,000 free mini blizzards available to the public.
If you can’t come out today, you can be a part of Miracle Treat Day tomorrow on Thursday, July 26 by purchasing a Blizzard Treat from participating Dairy Queen locations across Canada. One hundred per cent of proceeds from all Blizzard Treats sold will go to the Children’s Miracle Network, which raises monies for children’s hospitals like Sick Kids. Miracle Treat Day and associated fundraising activities have helped raise over $91 million since they began supporting Children’s Miracle Network in 1984.
So go ahead and treat yourself to an ice cream today, it’s for a good cause after all. I will be – after all, baby needs the ice cream, right?
Photo via: Lovin’ Scoopful, Flickr.com