Helping make miracles a treat for Morden family 0
For Matthew Elias, Dairy Queen's annual Miracle Treat Day is extra special.
The day when each blizzard treat sold makes a difference for kids at the Winnipeg Children's Hospital hits especially close to home for the Morden youth who spent much of his childhood at the children's hospital.
Matthew was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease called Polyarteritis Nodosa just before the age of two. The disease attacks the walls of his blood vessels causing inflammation and as result blood is not able to flow properly through the inflamed vessels.
Despite aggressive treatments, Matthew has suffered 11 strokes and a brain bleed, though his parents said with each stroke his treatment plan is altered in hopes of finding the right one.
"At this time, we are so thankful that Matthew's body has been responding to treatment," said parents Richard and Carolyn.
"We hope and pray that the disease will go into remission and that his body will be spared from all the harsh effects of the disease and treatment he has undergone."
His parents explained it is simply miracle that Matthew is still alive after all he has gone through - everything from strokes, a brain bleed, infections and severe allergic reactions to medications and aggressive treatment.
However, they said Matthew's spirits have remained incredibly positive.
"Often giving us strength to go on," they said, adding much of this ability to cope is thanks to the staff and programming at Children's Hospital. Matthew and we as his family appreciate the awesome support we have received from his medical team.
"We're not sure what our lives would look like today without the fabulous care Matthew and we as a family have received from the Children's Hospital," they said.
"This is why we are so excited to be a small part of Miracle Treat Day - thanking people for making a difference in the lives of children."
Last month, Miracle Treat day raised over $5,600 for the children's hospital in Winnipegwith 891 blizzards sold in Morden alone.