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I-Hop's National Pancake Day Helps Children and Families in Eastern Iowa

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - No parent wants to see their child suffer, whether it's from a trauma or life threatening illness. Each day Children's Miracle Network helps make life a little easier for children and their families while in the hospital. Tuesday, everyone can help make a difference on National Pancake Day. I-Hop restaurants will be serving up free pancakes all day. Guests are encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to Children's Miracle Network. Every dollar stays here locally to help the University of Iowa Children's Hospital and the kids and families they serve.

Sophie Lowe is a happy, healthy 8-year-old little girl, but at age 3, she was diagnosed with leukemia.

"Honestly it's the most devastating news any parent can hear," Jenn Lowe, Sophie's mom, said.

Sophie's spent the next 2 and half years in and out the University of Iowa Children's Hospital receiving treatment. But Sophie doesn't remember scary procedures or boring hospital stays.

"It was really fun. When things had to get painful, they told us they'd do something special, and they always did, " Sophie said.

Letting kids be kids, while in the hospital is one of the main missions of Children's Miracle Network. They raise funds, through efforts like I-Hop's National Pancake Day, for things like toys and game systems for the kids as well as education and research.

"What children's Miracle Network did for us I think is restore that sense of normalcy," Lowe said.

While Sophie is alive and well today, enjoying her stack of chocolate chip pancakes like any other kid, there are still thousands more like her and her family in need of help.

Eastern Iowans can help by having a free stack of pancakes at I-Hop Tuesday and donating to Children's Miracle Network. I-Hop's goal is to raise three million dollars nationally this year.

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