Today, February 5th, IHOP is celebrating National Pancake Day by inviting guests from around the country to enjoy a short stack of buttermilk pancakes – for FREE. YUM!!! I haven’t been to IHOP in a while, so this might be just the thing to get me in there again. I’m sure that was the point in the first place… It’s a great way to introduce or reintroduce people to the restaurants. And, a great way to show its commitment to social responsibility. So, while IHOP gets customers through its doors, they encouraging guests who receive free stacks to leave a donation for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals or other designated local charities. Since National Pancake Day started in 2006, IHOP has raised more than $10 million to support charities in communities where it operates.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 nonprofit children’s hospitals across North America, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given, it stays in the community, helping local kids. Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4 billion since 1983, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of our mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at CMNHospitals.org.
Here’s the story of one little girl who has benefited from the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Jayla, Age 3
Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center
Complete DiGeorge Syndrome
Just days after her birth, Jayla developed a rash all over her body and began having seizures. She was initially thought to have a calcium imbalance, but Jayla was ultimately diagnosed with Complete DiGeorge Syndrome, an extremely rare disease that affects fewer than 10 babies born in the United States each year.
Born without a thymus gland, which is responsible for the “education” of T-cells that build our immune system, Jayla could have died from exposure to the smallest germ. Her family was referred to Duke Children’s Hospital, and doctors set out to save Jayla’s life.
Months after receiving treatment, a biopsy revealed a “super positive,” the first sign that the transplanted thymus Jayla received was working.
After living in total isolation for the first y
ears of her life, today Jayla lives worry free. She beat initial life-expectancy odds of just one year, and is now attending preschool. She loves giving hugs, listening to stories and being around her sisters and classmates.