Like most 5-year-olds, my daughter Jordan is enjoying summer vacation. She’s taking tap and ballet classes and completed “safety city” training at the Franklin Recreation department. She graduated from Kindergarten Kick Start, a fun way to get ready for school in the fall. She’s also enjoying visits to the Milwaukee County Zoo and the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum with her little brother, Joseph, Jr. who we call “Deuce.”
Thursday, Aug. 8, we will be heading to our local Dairy Queen to purchase one of Jordan’s favorite things, DQ Blizzards. Why Aug. 8? Because participating area Dairy Queen stores will donate proceeds from every Blizzard treat sold that day to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, part of the network of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. It’s a fun way to give back to a place that has meant so much to us.
Because Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin saved Jordan’s life
When my baby was only 1 hour old, she was rushed to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Jordan was born with severe heart failure. After 3 days, she was diagnosed with a Vein of Galen malformation in her brain. At 2 ½ months old, Jordan had her first of five brain surgeries. She’ll need at least three more surgeries, but I know when we come to Children’s Hospital it will be like coming home. On Monday, Aug. 19, Jordan will have her sixth surgery.
To see her today, you wouldn’t know she’s been so sick. That’s what Children’s Hospital did for my daughter. So if your child loves to dance or loves cupcakes or adores animals, support Children’s Hospital. If your child has had surgery or had any medical issues, support Children’s Hospital. Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day is a sweet way to give back — for all of the Jordan’s who need Children’s Hospital.
- Sarah Moore, guest blogger
Jordan is Wisconsin’s 2013 Champion for CMN Hospitals, a charity that raises funds for more than 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada. CMN Hospitals ensures that when a donation is made, it stays in the community. CMN Hospitals dollars at our hospital are designated to our Family Services and Patient Amenities Department. These services — child life, the Daniel M. Soref family resource center, social work and many more — touch every family who spends time at our hospital.