The 11th annual Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day is Thurs., Aug. 8 and it’s an opportunity to enjoy a delicious summer sweet while raising funds for sick kids in Manitoba.
"Miracle Treat Day is just one way that we like to get involved and give back to the community," said Mary Carriere, owner of the Dairy Queen at 1871 Grant Ave.
Mary and her team expect to sell over 700 Blizzards in one day.
"We are a smaller location and it’s a lot of work for our staff but we look forward to it every year. We work to create a fun atmosphere and have additional games and activities for the kids," Mary said.
Over $100,000 was raised last year with all of it supporting the Children’s Hospital Foundation.
"This year proceeds will go towards purchasing an endoscope, gastroscope and colonoscope for the Children’s Hospital operating rooms," said Tanya Williams, director of marketing and communications at the foundation.
One young boy who directly benefits from the funds raised is eight-year-old Aiden.
"Just before he turned one, Aiden started suffering from ear infections, then pneumonia, and then more problems followed. At four it was discovered that Aiden had Kartagener Syndrome and bronchiactasis, a disease where the cilia in his lungs don’t work properly," said his mother, Tammy Anderson.
Twice a day, Aiden has to do physiotherapy to help clear his lungs of any build-up of fluid.
"Looking at Aiden you would never know he is sick. He is full of life and has a great sense of humour," Tammy said. "When we have to stay in the hospital, Aiden turns it into an adventure. You rarely find him in his room as he is always doing something — participating in the in-house kids TV program, playing pool, crafting — you name it, he does it!"
Aiden and his big sister will be serving Blizzards at the Grant Avenue location from 3 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 8.
"I am so excited to be around ice cream all day!" Aiden said when asked what he is most looking forward to. "I hope I get a free treat!"
For a Dairy Queen location near you, visit www.dairyqueen.com. To make a donation or learn more about the Children’s Hospital Foundation visit www.goodbear.mb.ca
Carolyne Braid is a community correspondent for Crescentwood. You can reach her at email@example.com.