Paralympian Josh Sundquist Dons New Blizzard Costume For Visit At Children's Specialized Hospital

August 01, 2017

 On Wednesday, July 26, Josh Sundquist, Paralympian and Olivia Michael, Miss Columbus Day, visited patients at PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital and handed out free Dairy Queen Blizzards to promote Dairy Queen’s Annual Miracle Treat Day.

Each year, internationally known Paralympian, motivational speaker and celebrity spokesperson, Josh Sundquist, reveals his newest one-legged costume inspiration. This year, it was a Dairy Queen Blizzard, in honor of Miracle Treat Day on July 27, benefitting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.  The costume featured the beloved frozen treat upside-down, with the iconic red DQ® spoon as Josh’s one leg.

“We look forward to Miracle Teat Day each year because it brings national awareness to the thousands of medically complex children we treat each year and the tremendous need for support," Nicole Fulmino said. "Our patients loved Josh’s costume and really had a blast. It was such a sweet surprise.”

As part of the 13th Annual DQ Miracle Treat Day on Thursday, July 27, DQ Grill & Chill® and Dairy Queen locations throughout the U.S. raised funds to help save and improve the lives of sick and injured children in Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN). During Miracle Treat Day, $1 or more from every Blizzard® Treat sold at participating locations is donated to CMN Hospitals, which raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals across the U.S. and Canada.

Sundquist is a past Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ patient and dedicates himself to brightening the days of others, including patients at Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick. Declared free of cancer at age 13, Sundquist started ski racing three years later. He is a bestselling author and has spoken across the world to groups ranging from Fortune 500 companies, to schools, and even at the White House. He competed on the U.S. Paralympic Ski Team during the 2006 Turino Paralympics, and currently represents the United States in international competition as a member of the U.S. Amputee Soccer Team.  Past costumes include the iconic “Fragile” fishnet-ensconced lamp from “A Christmas Story,” a Gingerbread Man with his leg unceremoniously bitten off, a Foosball Player, and Lumière from “Beauty and the Beast.”

During his visit, Sundquist sported his new Blizzard costume, accompanied by Miss Columbus Day, Olivia Michael, a local titleholder in the Miss America Organization. Through her platform, “Arts for Everyone”, Olivia has hosted arts & crafts nights at PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital.  Olivia was the recipient of the 2014 Children’s Miracle Network Miracle Maker Award.  

Last year’s Miracle Treat Day at DQ stores raised more than $46,000 for Children’s Specialized Hospital. Since 1984, the Dairy Queen system has raised more than $125 million for the charity through fundraising efforts including Miracle Treat Day, the Miracle Balloon campaign and other local initiatives.

For more information about Miracle Treat Day, visit MiracleTreatDay.com.

About Children’s Specialized Hospital

Children’s Specialized Hospital is the nation’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges — from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health. At twelve different New Jersey locations, our pediatric specialists partner with families to make our many innovative therapies and medical treatments more personalized and effective...so children can achieve more of their goals.  To help, or find more information: call 888-CHILDRENS; visit www.childrens-specialized.org; Facebook: www.facebook.com/childrensspecialized; Twitter: www.twitter.com/childrensspecnj; YouTube: www.youtube.com/cshnj; LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/children's-specialized-hospital

About IDQ

International Dairy Queen Inc., (IDQ), based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the parent company of American Dairy Queen Corporation. Through its subsidiaries, IDQ develops, licenses and services a system of more than 6,700 locations in the United States, Canada and more than 25 other countries. IDQ is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (Berkshire) which is led by Warren Buffett, the legendary investor and CEO of Berkshire. For more information visit DairyQueen.com.

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals:

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.