It's July, and we are forecasting several Blizzards to hit north central Wisconsin on Aug. 8. It's the eighth annual Miracle Treat Day sponsored by Dairy Queen to benefit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the United States and Canada. Proceeds from the sale of blizzards on that day will benefit sick and injured children treated at Ministry Saint Joseph's Children's Hospital.
Since 1984, Dairy Queen has been a proud national partner with Children's Miracle Network, raising more than $96 million throughout the United States and Canada. Locally, Dairy Queen has contributed more than $277,518. Last year alone, local Dairy Queens donated $13,669 through this one-day effort.
As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the local Children's Miracle Network program, children who have been featured throughout the quarter century will be invited to participate in Miracle Treat Day. We invite you to join them.
Past children, such as Jackie Ripke-Sinsi of Wisconsin Rapids, will be enjoying a blizzard on Aug. 8. In 2007, at 17 years old, Jackie learned the devastating news that she had Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, or AML,, a fast-growing cancer affecting the blood and bone marrow.
Jackie went through a long, rocky road of chemotherapy in hopes of going into remission. Her last chemotherapy treatment was in February 2008.
Six years later, Jackie and her husband, Tom, continue to live in Wisconsin Rapids. Their son, Kameron, keeps her busy.
"I think my cancer has made me healthier. I value my family in a way that I never have before," said Jackie. "At 17, it showed me I am strong, and can stay positive even when I feel weak. My cancer gave me faith, and I can show Kameron how important faith is and that prayers really do work - we are both living proof of this."
Proceeds from events such as Miracle Treat Day provide funding for an array of programs that help local children like Jackie. From Child Life services to life-saving medical equipment, these programs provide the family with comfort knowing their child is getting exceptional medical care.
So join me Aug. 8 and enjoy a Blizzard at your local participating Dairy Queen while helping a local child who needs your support. For a list of participating Dairy Queens, please visit www.miracletreatday.com.
For more information about Ministry Saint Joseph's Children's Hospital or Children's Miracle Network, please call the Foundation office at 800-428-5000 or 715-387-9965.