Dairy Queen is calling on all to help make miracles for children with sickle cell disease. On Thursday, July 25, Miracle Treat Day 2019, DQ will donate $2 from every Blizzard treat sold to the Bahamas Sickle Cell Association.
“Three hundred thousand children worldwide are born with sickle cell disease every year, and 50 percent of them die by the age of five,” said Kayla Smith-Mortimer, president of the Bahamas Sickle Cell Association. “Sickle cell is a silent killer, which is why so many people are not aware of not only how pervasive the disease is in our community, but how painful it is for those living with it.”
The Bahamas Sickle Cell Association advocates for continued research for a cure for sickle cell disease, while also working to enhance the quality of healthcare, life and services for individuals and families affected by this disease.
“We are humbly appealing to corporate Bahamas and the community at large to support Miracle Treat Day. So many children have lost mothers to sickle cell disease, but with everyone’s help, we can change lives. We are so grateful that DQ has chosen to benefit our cause this year,” said Mrs Smith-Mortimer.
Launched locally in 2014, Miracle Treat Day has raised more than $43,000 for children affected by cancer, diabetes, autism, Down syndrome, and hearing impairment.
This year, for the first time, DQ will offer a free family fun day at the Mall at Marathon location from 3pm to 7pm on July 25. The Family Fun Day, sponsored by El Shaddai Party Rentals, Just Play, The Party Mart and Fiesta Party Rentals and Supplies, will feature bouncing castles, face painters, games and more.
While DQ and the Bahamas Sickle Cell Association are urging everyone to come out on Miracle Treat Day and support by purchasing Blizzards and enjoying the family fun day, companies and individuals can start helping right now.
People may purchase special Miracle Treat Day Blizzard coupons at any DQ location or online at www.miracletreatday242.com. Two dollars from every coupon purchase will be donated to the Bahamas Sickle Cell Association. These coupons will be valid until August 31, 2019.
“We see the tremendous need in the sickle cell community and are proud to do our part to help bring happiness to children battling this disease,” said DQ’s Derek Osborne.