Two city Dairy Queen franchise owners have now raised more than $1 million for Edmonton’s Stollery Children’s Hospital.
Marc Cardinal and Scott Fylyshtan, owners of four Dairy Queen locations in northwest Edmonton, have raised $1,017,777 for sick and injured children needing treatment at the Stollery through ongoing fundraising efforts, such as Miracle Treat Day.
“We’ve raised it, but it’s our customers that have helped support these endeavours throughout the many years, so a big thank you to our community because northern Alberta again, Edmonton again has shown that we’re world class when it comes to fundraising,” Cardinal told Postmedia on Thursday.
The Stollery was established in 2001 and is a centre for pediatric care and research. It’s the only specialized health-care facility for infants, children and youth in central and northern Alberta and is Western Canada’s referral centre for pediatric cardiac surgery and a leader in organ transplants.
More than 40 per cent of children treated at the Stollery are from outside the Edmonton area, said Alberta Health Services. The hospital treats patients from northern B.C., Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut, Yukon and Northwest Territories.
Cardinal has three kids and said he is thankful he hasn’t had to use the hospital for any emergencies, but he’s happy a hospital like the Stollery is available in Edmonton.
“There are children who have lived most of their lives in the Stollery Children’s Hospital and we’re lucky to have it in our own backyard,” he said.
The owners and their families are excited to reach the $1 million mark, but Cardinal said they are already making plans to fundraise the next million.
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