A Port Coquitlam family hopes Tri-City residents will take a moment to enjoy a cool ice cream treat this Thursday, Aug. 13, and help support the BC Children's Hospital.
Thursday is Miracle Treat Day when proceeds from Blizzards sold at participating Dairy Queens will support critical research, education and life-saving equipment for the hospital that helps so many sick children, including Clara Howorth, who was five when she was diagnosed with leukemia.
Today, after more than two years of treatment, Clara's cancer is now in remission and the Grade 4 Blakeburn elementary student is winning prizes for her dancing.
Her mom, Andrea, says the family is extremely grateful for the care and support Clara received at BC Children's and hopes Tri-City residents will join them in a Blizzard treat so other families will get similar treatment.
In all, about 840 youngsters are in active treatment for cancer at BC Children's Hospital each year.
"What a great excuse for an ice cream," Howorth said, who said her daughter has bounced back and is an active, happy, healthy young girl.
"We credit children's hospital for saving Clara's life," Howarth noted.
She said other children in the Tri-City area have been stricken with cancer recently and all are getting treatment at BC Children's Hospital so visiting Dairy Queen Thursday will, in a way, help them, too.
"We're really trying to spread the word and support these charities," Howarth added.
BC Children’s Hospital is the province’s only full-service acute-care hospital and serves close to one million children living in B.C. and the Yukon. All children who are seriously ill or injured are referred to Children’s Hospital and are either treated at the hospital facility in Vancouver or, with consultation from Children’s specialists, in their home community. Last year, more than 84,000 children were treated at Children’s Hospital. Funds raised by BC Children’s Hospital Foundation are used to support BC Children’s Hospital, its research institute and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children.
This year marks the 13th annual Miracle Treat Day; Dairy Queen has been involved with Children’s Miracle Network since 1984 raising more than $100 million nationwide.
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