A Hanover child is this year's Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day Ambassador for the Children's Hospital Foundation in London.
100 percent of proceeds from all Blizzard treats sales sold today will go to support the Children's Hospital Foundation.
Four year old Darcey Papineau wants everyone to go out and get a Dairy Queen Blizzard today to help children like herself that benefit from the Children's Hospital Foundation.
When Darcey was just eight months old she was diagnosed with Atypical Hemolytic Uremeic Syndrome which is a rare genetic blood disorder.
She travels to London every three weeks for lifesaving treatment.
Unfortunately OHIP does not cover the 750 thousand dollar a year cost for Darcey to receive the drug Soliris which is used to treat her very rare condition.
Darcey's mom Dionne Papineau says her work benefits cover the lions share of this, but the family also rely on Trillium grants as well as some third party assistance to cover the remaining treatment expense.
(work benefits cover 90 percent which still leaves 75 thousand dollars to cover through Trillium dollars and third party assistance.)
Papineau admits the cost of the lifesaving treatment does present serious challenges, but neither she or her husband Dan ever take for granted how blessed they are to have access to this lifesaving treatment for their little girl.
As for Darcey, she is gearing up for her next big adventure J.K. this Fall, and her big six year old brother Dominique is eager to show her the ropes this September.
Papineau encourages everyone who can to go out and treat themselves to a DQ Blizzard today, saying the proceeds will go back into the Children's Hospital Foundation which benefits so many children like Darcey.
Papineau counts herself blessed to have access to such a top rate health care facility to treat her little girl, saying the staff and the care they provide is second to none.
She says the London's Children's Hospital Foundation provides Darcey with a well rounded plan of care looking after her physical, mental and spiritual needs.
Papineau adds that spending as much time in London as she does, it a real eye opener to see how many children from this region receive treatment and benefit from the Children's Hospital Foundation.