SPOKANE, Wash. - Every year Dairy Queens across the country team up with Children's Miracle Network for Miracle Treat Day, and Thursday across the Inland Northwest local stores were raising money for Sacred Heart Children's Hospital through Blizzard sales.
Early Thursday morning at the Dairy Queen on North Pines in Spokane Valley, long before the crowds arrived, the DQ crew was hard at work getting Blizzards ready, 70 in all, for doctors, nurses and the young patients at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.
You see, one part of Miracle Treat Day is to sell Blizzards and raise money. The other part is to hand them out to kids like Mason Nollette and his two brothers..
"I am the coolest," Mason clarified.
Mason and his family got to the hospital two days ago and they likely have two more left.
Mason had a complication that caused a huge blood deficiency.
"My tummy started hurting and I felt dizzy," he explained.
"He looked horrible ... He was very pale," Mason's mom Kim Nollette said.
Kim says she originally took him to their family physician who told her how serious things really were.
"Went to the emergency room, and then waited for blood, which was very stressful," she said.
After a brief stay in the ICU and a few days rest, Mason will be fine and his family is very grateful they don't have to stay here longer. But if they did, they appreciate what Children's Miracle Network does to make that time a little better.
"It's just incredible, it makes the children feel comfortable in a very scary place, they do wonderful things like give them blankets and little animals that they have made, everything is filled with love," Kim said.
Last year on Miracle Treat Day, local Dairy Queen stores raised more than $15,000 to help families like Kim's feel a little bit more comfortable during their stay at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.