Meet the Miracles
DQ Roosevelt has been giving to kids on the trauma floors at Penn State Children’s Hospital for over 30 years. In the last couple of years we have learned how much more we can raise for kids fighting for their lives right in our home town. CMN (Children’s Miracle Network) is a national organization that partners with local children’s hospital to save kids lives. Every dollar we raise stayer right here in Central PA and goes to kids at Penn State Children’s Hospital. The money is used for research, equipment and family care. Learn more about CMN here: https://www.cmnhershey.org/
Official 2019 Miracle: Gannon
Gannon, Age 5, York Haven, PA
Loves the Philadelphia Eagles, Buzz Lightyear and Woody from Toy Story, and French Fries!
Gannon was delivered by emergency C-section on December 11, 2013. When Gannon was born he was 12 weeks premature and weighed only 13 ounces. Gannon was transferred to Penn State Children’s Hospital by a pediatric ambulance for a Tracheostomy. The doctors did not think he would survive, but he did earning him the nickname “Warrior Gannon, Jr.”. After spending 225 days in the NICU he was allowed to go home. Today “Warrior Gannon, Jr.” continues to defy the odds and is a thriving 5 year old little boy.
Official 2018 Miracle: Maddie
Maddie, Age 4, York, PA
Madeline loves Blizzards – M&M Blizzards are her favorite.
Life can change in an instant. It certainly did for Madeline. On October 27, 2015 Madeline’s babysitter accidentally forgot to put Madeline in the car and backed the car over her. Madeline was flown by Life Lion to Penn State Children’s Hospital where she was diagnosed with lacerations to her lungs, kidney, and liver and multiple pelvic and foot fractures. She spent eight days in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. After just a few days at home, she was readmitted for an infection and needed a chest tube placed to receive antibiotics.
Today, Madeline is doing well! She is back to walking and jumping and no longer needs physical therapy. She loves Sesame Street, especially Cookie Monster. She is so excited to participate in 2018 Blizzard Run.
Madeline is proof that accidents happen, but so do miracles!
Donations to Children’s Miracle Network support equipment, research and programs to give kids like Madeline the #GiftofGrowingUp. Thank you!
Official 2017 Miracle: Corbin
Corbin, Age 14, York, PA
He loves tacos, sushi, playing baseball and is now able on the wrestling team at his school!
Corbin Hutchison was born with an underdeveloped diaphragm causing his stomach, intestines, liver, and spleen to travel up into his chest cavity. His chance of survival was slim. Corbin was placed on anExtracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine that was purchased by Children’s MiracleNetwork. ECMO served as Corbin’s heart and lungs, and without it, he would not have survived a flight to the next available hospital.
Around Corbin’s 1st birthday, he had a check-up. As his mom Mason shares, “We were greeted by the doctor with a box of tissues. I was nervous until he said ‘We don’t know how, but your son is perfect. He is a true miracle child and we don’t need to see him anymore.’ The doctor began to tear up and helped himself to a tissue. It was that kind of genuine care that we received throughout the entire ordeal. I am forever grateful to Penn State Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network!”
Today, Corbin is 14 and doing great!
Over $197,301 for kids in York... so far.
In 2013 we started to see how much our customers in York were willing to join us in helping kids. For the next two years we saw a lot of growth and support for our annual "Miracle Treat Day" where we donate 100% of all our Blizzard sales to kids, each year growing more and more. In 2016 we decided to start a 5k Run/Walk called, "Blizzard Run" and since then our community giving has grown enormously each year. In 2016, we were the 3rd highest Dairy Queen to raise money for CMN and in 2017 we were the 2nd highest. Our goal isn't to be number 1, our goal is to raise as much money for kids who need it.