Dairy Queen to Support Children’s Miracle Network with Miracle Treat Day on June 27

(Joplin, MO) – An iconic ice-cold summer treat will once again serve as a catalyst to help children receive the best possible medical care thanks to a unique partnership between Dairy Queen® and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Throughout Thursday, June 27, $1 from every purchase of a Dairy Queen Blizzard frozen treat will be donated to Freeman Health System, a member hospital of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Nearly $20,000 has been raised locally for young Freeman patients since 2019. These donations — collected from participating Dairy Queen stores in Missouri and Kansas — make positive impacts in several key areas for local families in need: to cover traveling expenses, expensive medications or specialized equipment for sick or injured children.

Overall, CMN provides assistance to children from birth to 21 years of age in a 14-county area includes Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma. CMN helps furnish and maintain Freeman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, provides funding for local community organizations’ pediatric needs and provides pediatric emergency equipment for area agencies.

“We are grateful for the partnership we have with Dairy Queen here at Freeman Health System,” said Laura Gullett, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Program Coordinator. “Their continued support helps us to change kids’ health to change the future.

At 10:45 am Tuesday, July 25, Freeman Health System’s CMN Local Champion, Layla Harrell, will create her very own Blizzard treat inside the Dairy Queen Grill & Chill, 2015 E. 32nd Street. Donated funds helped Layla receive Nico, her beloved service dog, through the Miracle Service Dog Program. Nico has been trained to instinctively sense Layla’s diabetic-induced ebbs and flows, so Layla can enjoy her favorite tasty treat without worry.

Dairy Queen officials at the Joplin store will also be available to preview its third annual Miracle Treat Day car show and family fun night, which takes place Thursday, July 27.

About Freeman Health System

Locally owned, not-for-profit and nationally recognized, Freeman Health System includes Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital and Ozark Center — the area’s largest provider of behavioral health services — as well as two urgent care clinics, dozens of physician clinics and a variety of specialty services. In 2020, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. U.S. News & World Report named Freeman Health System the Best Hospital in Southwest Missouri for 2020. With more than 320 physicians on staff representing more than 80 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, children’s services and women’s services. Additionally, Freeman is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in a 70-mile radius. For more information, visit freemanhealth.com.


Kevin McClintock, Media Relations Coordinator
Freeman Health System

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