Lindsey’s Cakes for Miracles™
Lindsey's Miracle Story.
Lindsey Lourenco’s cancer 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 British Columbia 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 children in need of care at other local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. 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 for the DQ system.
About Dairy Queen and Children’s Miracle Network
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.7 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at CMNHospitals.org.