Miracle Treat Day


Thank you Fans!

Our Fans are amazing.  On Thursday, August 9th, for every Blizzard® Treat sold, net proceeds donated by participating DQ®stores will go to local Children’s Miracle Network member Hospitals®.  This would not have been possible without you, our loyal DQ Fans.  Thank you for making 2018 our most successful year yet!

Children’s Miracle Network Member Hospitals Miracle Stories

Children’s Miracle Network provides care to over 10 million children each year.  Regardless of why the kids are there, the Children’s Miracle Network always has their doors open, and DQ franchisees are helping them stay that way.  Click on the images to learn more about just a few of the kids helped by Children’s Miracle Network and the local DQ franchisees who make sure Miracle Treat Day is the most meaningful fun you’ll have all summer. 


Alisha’s long, difficult journey began at birth when her mother’s placenta erupted. The tiny newborn went without oxygen or a heartbeat for 26 excruciating minutes while the medical team worked frantically to save her. Alisha survived, but suffered brain, heart, liver and lung damage. Her kidneys shut down completely. She started life saving around-the-clock dialysis when she was only five days old. Alisha spent the next seven months in Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre with multiple visits to the Paediatric Critical Care Unit. 

Alisha has spent more time in hospital than any child ever should. She has almost died three times in her short life. She’s had countless hospitalizations and procedures, but has persevered because of the life-saving support provided at Children’s Hospital.

Just before the holidays, when she was three years old, Alisha received the best gift of her life: a kidney transplant.

Alisha is now on the road to recovery — the life-saving work Children’s Hospital does for kids like Alisha is only possible because of the kindness and generosity of our community. Now, she is an active seven-year-old who loves ice skating, riding her bike, and going to concerts.


Born full-term and seemingly healthy, Finley didn’t show any initial complications. Questions began to rise, however, when medical staff noticed that he wasn’t interested in eating and showed abnormal breathing patterns. Finley had developed aspiration pneumonia, but after a vast amount of further testing, a heart defect was confirmed.

The family flew to Edmonton and two-week-old Finley underwent a procedure for coarctation of the aorta, meaning that his aorta had a narrowed section. The surgery, called a thoracotomy incision, was needed in order to reach his aorta to remove the narrowed section and put it back together again. The procedure was the alternative to an open-heart surgery, and was unique because his heart was operated on through his left side.

Finley’s recovery after surgery was mostly positive, but also had its ups and downs as he developed into the one-year-old he is today. Although he isn’t expected to need another surgery any time soon, he does need an echocardiogram and electrocardiogram once a year.

Meet Ken and Tammy Breau
Brantford, ON

Ken and Tammy Breau, franchisees of the two Dairy Queens in Brantford, took over the DQs in June 2016 and were determined to be strong supporters of Miracle Treat Day, as two of their daughters were patients at McMaster Children’s Hospital.

On July 1, Canada Day, DQ Brantford fans were treated to free small cones with donations collected for the McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation. Miracle Treat Day saw lineups at both locations with lots of fun activities, with staff making nearly 2,200 Blizzards. Century 21–The Costabile Group donated $1,000 and a grand total of $10,261.51 was raised for McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation.


Meet Rob and Julie Mueller
Calgary, AB

Rob and Julie have always been involved in making Miracle Treat Day a very special day at their store in Shawnessy. The franchisees from Calgary have a special connection to Alberta’s Children’s Hospital, as their daughter spent time there when she was younger. They have always thrived to keep Miracle Treat Day all about the kids, raising over $20,000 in donations through blizzard and Miracle balloon sales last year. They also had Matt Stajan from the Calgary Flames visit the store along with ‘Harvey the Hound’ the teams mascot, to join the family fun. They also welcomed staff and Miracle Families from Alberta Children’s Hospital to enjoy the special day with their own mascot ‘Dr. Teddy.

DQ and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals: Putting Money Where the Miracles Are

Since 1984, DQ and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals have partnered to provide life-saving treatments to kids from across the U.S. and Canada. To date, more than $135 million has been raised through donations from DQ Fans and franchisees, all of which stays local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care.

About Miracle Treat Day

For 16 years, the DQ system has celebrated Miracle Treat Day.  Thanks to the generosity of local DQ stores and our Fans, over $2 million will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network member hospitals across Canada.  These donations help provide support for over 3.2 million patient visits each year to local Children’s Miracle Network member Hospitals.

Find out why children's hospitals need community support, identify your local hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are at: childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org and facebook.com/ChildrensMiracleNetworkCanada
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Children's Miracle Network® Member Hospitals

*Miracle Treat Day in the US was held on Thursday, August 2.