Making Kids Smile One Blizzard at a Time

Tori enjoying a BlizzardAll Tori Kosempel wanted was to be able to show her smile to the world, but a condition called Moebius Syndrome kept it hidden by paralyzing one side of her face. At five years old, Tori became the youngest patient at Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre to have a specialized team representing Children’s Hospital and London Health Sciences Centre’s adult care team perform a surgery that would change her life.

It took eight hours for doctors to successfully perform the complex procedure needed to give Tori the ability to smile. After only 10 short weeks of healing, Tori was able to proudly share her joy – by flashing her beaming smile.

Today nine-year-old Tori can’t stop smiling! After school picture day, Tori came home to tell her mom, “I smiled beautiful for you in my picture.” As she grows older, she may require additional surgeries, but her health care team at Children’s Hospital will be there to support her, and her beautiful smile, every step of the way.

Tori knows that because of generous donors like Dairy Queen (DQ) and the community, kids like her can get better at Children’s Hospital. Dairy Queen is a Children’s Miracle Network Partner. Each August, DQ hosts Miracle Treat Day, where all of the proceeds from each Blizzard Treat sold on that day go to the local Children’s Miracle Network hospital. In Southwestern and parts of Northern Ontario, the funds support Children’s Hospital in London. So far, Dairy Queen has helped to raise $1,130,809 directly to support our region’s kids.

"I would like to thank everyone from the community for supporting Miracle Treat Day. It means a lot to me and other kids that you have helped and made a difference. Also, because of you, you have made children smile just like me! Thank you!"

This year, the 13th annual Miracle Treat Day is on Thursday, August 13. Be sure to pick up a Blizzard (such as Oreo – Tori’s favourite) or make a donation that will go straight to helping make miracles happen in our community.