How can your Blizzard from DQ help a Blackwell family?

by Charles Gerian

Thursday, July 25 is Dairy Queen's nationwide “Miracle Treat Day.” This year, your Blizzard will be going to Blackwell's own Natalie Nicole Romero, the 16-month-old daughter of Kailee Peetoom and Pancho Ramero. Natalie was born with a rare hereditary heart condition. 

For every Blizzard purchased, Dairy Queen will donate $1 to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In addition, another $1 per Blizzard sold will be donated to Natalie.

On Miracle Treat Day, $1 or more from every Blizzard goes directly to the non-profit organization, providing support to kids and families at local hospitals across the country.

Nataile has Tetralogy of Fallot with Pulmonary Atresia and MAPCA’s, DiGeorge Syndrome (22q deletion), and Absent Septum Pallucidum. 

Her full story can be found on the “Natalie's TOF Battle” Facebook page, as well as her GoFundMe page, where anyone willing may donate to her cause. So far, $4,032 has been raised in the past 16 months out of the family’s $5,000 goal.

The funds raised are used for critical treatments and lifesaving healthcare services; pediatric medical equipment, as well as facilities to ease stressful situations for kids, such as rooms designed to look like an undersea adventure land or a spaceship; and charitable care to help save and improve the lives of children in local communities nationwide.

"On Miracle Treat Day, we harness the joy of fans visiting DQ restaurants for their favorite treat and use it to better the families and communities that we serve," Maria Hokanson, executive vice president of marketing for American Dairy Queen Corporation, said in a statement. “It's the most meaningful fun you can have this summer."