IHOP offers chance to eat free, help a child - Tucson News Now

IHOP offers chance to eat free, help a child

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The International House of Pancakes is offering pancake fans a chance to score free breakfast, while helping kids in their communities get lifesaving treatment.

Tuesday is National Pancake Day, and IHOP is handing out a free short stack of pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in exchange for a donation to the Children's Miracle Network.

Every single minute, more than 60 kids get treatment from one of the hospitals they work with.

One of those kids is Emma Martin.

She's a triplet and she and her sisters have been in and out of Tucson Medical Center since the day they were born premature.

Most of Emma's colon is gone.

She's now prone to infections and because of all the anesthesia, her mom says she's delayed.

She now has to go through physical, occupational and speech therapy.

But with the help of the Children's Miracle Network, her family doesn't have to worry as much about paying for treatment.

The organization also helps ease what can sometimes be a scary experience for young children. 

"Just the little things like bubbles in the patient's room when they're about to get an IV put in, or the iPad to get their mind off what's about to happen when they go back to the OR… that is a huge difference in the experience when the kids are there," said Shannan Martin, Emma's mother

Head over to any IHOP location around Tucson to help kids like Emma.

One hundred percent of donations in Tucson stay in Tucson to help TMC fund lifesaving equipment and enhance technological care.

Last year, TMC for Children raised more than $1.7 million for children in southern Arizona. 

The goal this year is to raise $3.5 million.

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