Miracle Treat Day raised $43,555 last year for Children's Hospital and Medical Center. This year, participating Dairy Queen restaurants are hoping to do even better.
At least a dollar of every Blizzard ice cream treat purchased at those locations Thursday will be donated to the Children's Miracle Network.
Lisa Luke of Omaha can attest to the difference those donations make in the lives of sick children. Her 4-year-old son Brady has had three open heart surgeries since he was a baby. "The left half of his heart is so underdeveloped that it doesn't work at all and so the right side of his body has to do all of the work."
The congenital heart defect meant lots of uncomfortable and painful procedures and lots of time spent at Children's. Funds from the Children's Miracle Network helped provide equipment, toys and games to make those stays more bearable.
"Puzzles became a new thing for him. He was very happy and content and then the different events they have in the hospital provide relief from the boredom of being here day after day."
At the conclusion of every hospital stay, every painful procedure, family members bought him a Yo Gabba Gabba doll from the gift shop. "By the time we left he had all of them," said Lisa. "It was his incentive to be brave as he was going through the procedures."
Brady had what, hopefully, is his last repair surgery on June 5th. "They were able to re-plumb part of his body to allow him to live, basically. It's not meant to last forever, but for right now he's doing good." Eventually, she said, he may need a transplant.
But one would never know that just looking at the active 4-year-old. "I have a half a heart now," he said with a smile, still getting used to having all the energy of a perfectly healthy child. "But I have to eat healthy to make it grow a lot."
That low-fat diet, for now, means no Blizzards on this Miracle Treat Day. But Brady's mother is hoping others will indulge for the sake of the children.
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