Lindsey’s Cakes for Miracles™
Lindsey’s Miracle Story
Lindsey Lourenco’s story first began in 2007 when she arrived in Portugal with her family while on vacation. Upon her arrival, Lindsey became ill and her condition became worse over the course of their holiday. Tests at a local hospital would confirm the family’s worst nightmare, Lindsey was diagnosed with leukemia. The Lourenco family would need to immediately head home to start treatment for Lindsey.
Within 48 hours of the diagnosis, an air ambulance arrived in Portugal from BC Children’s Hospital, where they stabilized Lindsey in order to bring her home. Lindsey and her family would spend several years in and out of the BC Children’s Oncology Unit, bravely battling leukemia and the other health implications it caused. Finally, Lindsey received a bone marrow transplant, and although it was successful for a while, the cancer came back several times.
After six courageous years of experiencing the highs of overcoming cancer and the challenge of having it return, Lindsey passed away March 14, 2013 at 18 years of age.
The Lourenco family experienced first-hand, the crucial care provided by the medical team at the BC Children’s Oncology Unit, and they felt the desire to help other children in need of their local Children’s Miracle Network® member hospital. Lindsey and her twin sister Sadie created Cakes for Miracles and executed the campaign in their father’s DQ® restaurant.
Lindsey and Sadie’s successful idea lead to the creation of Lindsey’s Cakes for Miracles™ where $1.00 from every DQ Cake sold at participating DQ locations during the weeks leading up to Mother’s Day and Father’s Day would be donated to Children’s Miracle Network. Lindsey’s Cakes for Miracles™ was born…
Lindsey’s Cakes for Miracles™
To commemorate Lindsey’s brave spirit, we are proud to announce the second annual Lindsey’s Cakes for Miracles campaign. Together, we will keep Lindsey’s memory and spirit alive and further make her proud by helping kids like Lindsey who rely on medical services provided by their local Children’s Miracle Network member hospital.
Purchase a DQ Cake during the Lindsey's Cakes for Miracles campaign at your local participating DQ location to support your local Children’s Miracle Network member hospital. The purchase of your DQ Cake during the two campaign weeks will not only bring a smile to a loved one, but $1.00 will go directly to helping children in need.
The 2013 campaign will launch at participating locations on the following weeks:
Mother’s Day: May 5th to May 12th
Father’s Day: June 9th to 16th
About Dairy Queen and Children’s Miracle Network
The Dairy Queen system has been a supporter of Children’s Miracle Network since 1984 (29 years), raising more than $95 million during that time. In Canada, DQ is one of the top 5 contributors to Children’s Miracle Network. Children’s Miracle Network is an international non-profit organization that raises funds for more than 170 children’s hospitals. Countless individuals, 90 organizations and 400 media partners unite with Children’s Miracle Network hospitals to help sick and injured kids in local communities. Donations to Children’s Miracle Network create miracles by funding medical care, research and education that saves and improves the lives of 17 million children each year.
In Canada, the children's hospitals/foundations supported by Children’s Miracle Network include: BC Children's Hospital Foundation, Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation, Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan, Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, SickKids Foundation, Children's Health Foundation of London, McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation, IWK Health Centre Foundation, the Janeway Children's Hospital Foundation and Operation Enfant Soleil which includes Le Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine, Le Centre hospitalier universitaire de Quebec and the Montreal Children’s Hospital.To learn more, visit: www.ChildrensMiracleNetwork.ca