Miracle Treat Day: Eat ice cream, help Phoenix Children's Hospital

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Dairy Queen is once again celebrating Miracle Treat Day to raise money for children's hospitals all over the country.

All day Thursday, $1 or more from every Blizzard Treat purchased at participating DQ stores will be donated to your local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals to help children in need.

Phoenix Children's Hospital, one of the largest children's hospital in the country, and Tucson Medical Center are both Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Founded in 1983, the organization raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada.

According to ChildrensMiracleNetworkHospitals.org, "62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment every minute — that's one child every second."

Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care.

3TV's Heidi Goitia hit a Phoenix Dairy Queen to get the lowdown on Miracle Treat Day, and talked to a mother who has first-hand experience with the program. Both of her boys were patients at Phoenix Children's Hospital.

"There are a lot of programs and service that we offer at the hospital that are not medically necessary," a PCH spokeswoman said. "We have a school on campus. We have a library. We have the playrooms. We don’t' have to have coloring books and crayons. We have to fundraise for all that stuff. So, all of the things that make a children's hospital special is exactly where this money is going.

The fundraising goal for Maricopa County is $50,000.