Alaskans Help Raise Funds for Children's Miracle Network

Every time an Alaskan buys a kids meal at Dairy Queen this month they'll be raising money for the Children's Hospital at Providence.

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by Megan Mazurek

Every time an Alaskan buys a kids meal at Dairy Queen this month they'll be raising money for the Children's Hospital at Providence. The hospital has been a part of the Children's Miracle Network for more than a decade which helps to purchase medical equipment and family support services for the pediatric programs at Providence.

The whole team of family support services is supported by community philanthropy so nothing the group does shows up on a hospital bill.

"We have child life specialists who help kids with procedural support and diagnosis education and just kind of play therapy things like that," said Shannon Shea, manager for Providence Hospital's family support services. "We have two teachers on staff who make sure kids don't fall behind in school and all of those services are never on a hospital bill."

The DQ Grill and Chill store in Anchorage and the Matsu Valley are the participating stores giving funds to sick and injured kids in Alaska.

Kaladi Brothers Coffee is also donating fund through July when customers buy a miracle balloon.

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