Like we all need an excuse to go get ice cream…
Dairy Queen’s annual FREE Cone Day is coming up tomorrow — Monday, March 20, 2017. This event happens nationwide and serves as a fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The donation dollar amount you give is completely up to you.
Since 1984, Dairy Queen restaurants across the United States have raised more than $100 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
For my local readers, Southeast Michigan Dairy Queen location donations will benefit Beaumont Children’s Hospital. All money raised will stay in Michigan and benefit Beaumont’s programs and services for children.
Participating Michigan locations include:
To make your donation more meaningful, here is a profile of a Beaumont family and how these small donations can add up to make a big difference for families who need the hospital’s services:
Laura went into labor at 23 weeks and 6 days and gave birth to triplets, Stella, Lillian and Charlie who were only 9 inches long and 1.5 pounds with only a 10% chance of survival.
Three days later, one of the NICU doctors told them one or more of the babies wouldn’t make it through the night. One of the nurses prayed with them that night, it showed how much the nurses cared about saving the babies.
Charlie was struggling with his digestive system and Dr. Nathan Novotny was going to do a procedure to try to save Charlie. The next evening, Dr. Novotny came in on his own to check on him even though he wasn’t on call. The surgery didn’t help Charlie and they took Charlie off of life support on the morning of July 20th , which was the first time they got to hold their son.
Laura and Graham were given a box of mementos, a Bereavement Box partly funded by CMN, to remember Charlie. Later on, they put on a concert in Charlie’s honor to help support the NICU and raised over $15,000 in five weeks. Now there are two brand new blanket warmers in the NICU honoring Charlie.
After Charlie’s passing, the girls were still fighting and spent the next 130 days in the NICU with multiple eye surgeries, battles with lung disease, many moments where lifesaving CPR was needed and more.
In November, Lily and Stella were able to come home on oxygen and heart monitors with both of them being over 7 pounds.
In April of 2016, Stella became very sick with pneumonia, which can be fatal to babies with their history, and had an emergency surgery for an obstructed bowel. She spent 24 days in the PICU, where they almost lost her on multiple occasions. The doctors and nurses saved Stella’s life, and they had so many visits from NICU staff on multiple occasions while they were in the PICU.
Today, the girls like Little Einsteins shows, books, their Fisher Price house, The “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and the “Wheels on the Bus” and swinging. Stella loves her speedy walker and her pacifier, while Lillian loves her baby doll.
What flavor cone will you be ordering? I’m a twist girl myself!