Buy Dairy Queen Blizzard On Miracle Treat Day, Help A Child

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Canadians craving a Dairy Queen Blizzard might want to mark Thursday, Aug. 13 in their calendars as that's the chain's Miracle Treat Day to help support the Children's Miracle Network.

For Miracle Treat Day Dairy Queen will give $1 or more from every sale of their signature Blizzard frozen treats, whether it be the Turtle Pecan Cluster Blizzard, the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Blizzard, the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Smash Blizzard or any other variation of the rather delicious creations. Find a location here.

The Children's Miracle Network, which was started in 1983 by Marie Osmond and her family as well as John Schneider, Mick Shannon and Joe Lake, have two stated goals, according to its web site:  "Help as many children as possible by raising funds for children’s hospitals" and "keep funds in the community in which they were raised to help local children." The charity network, which supports more than 170 hospitals around the world, has raised more than $4.7 billion in its three decades of operating.

The Canadian edition of Miracle Treat Day will support 12 member hospitals, including BC Children's Hospital Foundation, Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation, Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation, Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan, The Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, Children's Health Foundation, McMaster Children's Health Foundation, Sick Kids, CHEO Foundation, Operation Enfant Soleil, IWK Foundation and Janeway's Children's Hospital Foundation. Dairy Queens in the U.S. celebrated their own Miracle Treat Day on July 30.

The Canadian web page for Miracle Treat Day also hosted a video showing how the money given to the Children's Miracle Network can help a young person. In the video, Zach Miller, a teenager with left hemiplegic cerebral palsy, explains that because of his condition he shouldn't be able to walk. Yet, with the assistance of the staff at the Gait Lab at Children's Hospital Colorado, Miller can not only walk, but actively participates in sports like snowboarding and skiing.

"I saw snowboarding as a way to free myself, a way to feel normal," says Miller, who's shown in the video getting extensive array of athletic taping around his knees to stabilize his legs before a competition. "Without the funds that Children's received they wouldn't have built the Gait Lab, and without the Gait Lab, and if they wouldn't have built the Gait Lab they wouldn't have changed my life."

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