Local residents were out today making a difference in the life of a child one spoonful at a time.
It’s DQ Miracle Treat Day at all Dairy Queen locations in Canada where today all net proceeds from every Blizzard Treat sold will be donated to the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation in Saskatoon, which is the only Saskatchewan member of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
This year’s Miracle Child Ambassador 16-year-old Sean Jalasco of North Battleford knows first-hand how special the facility is.
“They made me feel at home,” said Jalasco. “All the doctors and nurses are very nice and the hospital is very comforting.”
The grade 11 student at JPII was born with a heart defect and had a pacemaker inserted when he was in grade two. He was grateful for being named the Miracle Treat Day Ambassador this year.
“It (Treat Day) makes me feel like I am part of something very special,” Sean added. “I hope we raise a lot of money today.”
Sean’s mother Candace Suberlak agreed with her son that the Children’s Hospital is a special place having been in and out of hospitals with the youngster for 16 years.
“Over the years we have seen children and families in far worse shape than we were and I know how important it is to have our very own Children’s Hospital in the province,” said Suberlak. “Everyone from the doctors, nurses, support staff and even the janitor’s go out of their way to help you and make you feel welcome.”
North Battleford DQ store owner Terry Burnett said that in the 15 years Miracle Treat Day has been initiated $2.7 million has been raised for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across Canada.
He said the fact that all monies raised during today’s Treat Day will stay here in Saskatchewan.
“It’s important to me that all funds stay right here to support Saskatchewan children,” said Burnett. “Our kids deserve the very best and that is what the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital provides.”
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