Miracle Treat Day brings hope for families
In his 11 years, Cohyn Wells has had 16 surgeries.
Cohyn and his family have seen their share of cold, stark hospital halls.
“With so many surgeries and quite a few of them with lengthy hospital stays, it’s uncomfortable, the hospital is uncomfortable — there’s not much for them. But the children’s hospital will be geared towards kids — the kids zone and different things for them to do. It’s incredible,” says Kristyn Wells, Cohyn’s mom.
The hospital Kristyn is looking forward to is the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital, set to open its doors in 2019 in Saskatoon. As of March, 2017, the build is 50 per cent complete.
Enter the Dairy Queen (DQ) Miracle Treat Day. On Thursday, 100 per cent of the proceeds from every blizzard treat sold at participating Saskatchewan DQ restaurants, was donated to the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation.
“It’s incredible. It’s such an honour for us to be a part of this. It’s huge for us,” says Kristyn. “Everybody comes out in support and the things that DQ has done over the years. … just incredible.”
While his mom excitedly talks about the future, Cohyn is busy behind the counter. He’s focused. He has blizzards to prepare.
“Doing the sprinkles is the funnest part,” says Cohen.
This is his favourite thing throughout the whole year explains Krystin.
Cohyn is a little shy, but he can’t help smiling as he helps staff with the soft-serve ice cream machine. His older brother Ryder is on hand to help too. The Wells family have a deep understanding of family support.
“We couldn’t have done it without family and friends and the community,” Krystin said. “It’s hard, but it’s really the support that carries us through.”
Cohyn has a long list of illnesses. He’s learned to adapt. His mom says he knows what he cannot do and he doesn’t let it bother him too much.
“He’s just a normal kid. We fight. A lot,” says Ryder.
Cohyn smiles, and gets back to the blizzards.
“More chocolate,” he says.