Thursday, December 18, 2014

Breakfast favorite could help sick kids


Children’s Hospital of Georgia patient Michele Lundy of Martinez serves pancakes to her sister, Shealynn Seaman, at the Evans IHOP on Pancake Day 2013.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – If you want to help sick kids at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, you could start by eating pancakes at IHOP on Tuesday, March 4. You’re invited to enjoy this breakfast favorite – not just in the morning – but all day during this filling fundraiser.

More than 1,400 IHOP restaurants across the United States, including three in the Augusta-Aiken area, will serve complimentary short stacks of IHOP’s signature buttermilk pancakes. In return, they’ll ask diners to consider donating what they would have paid for the meal to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

IHOP’s Pancake Day brought in more than $3,200 last year for CHOG, the local CMN hospital.

“That money was used to purchase a child-sized stationary bike to provide patients an age-appropriate means of aerobic activity during prolonged hospital stays. And the children have had a blast riding it,” said Mary Lou Stilwell, a Senior Physical Therapist at CHOG.

In addition, the donations funded a new balance trainer – that helps patients gain core strength and balance – and specialty car seats. After certain surgeries, some children require casting that won’t fit in a traditional car seat.

“Our therapists have extensive training in assessing which specialty car seat will allow children to be transported safely until they can get their casts off. All of this equipment is essential, and the program could not be supported without the generous donations from the community through a program like Pancake Day,” said Stilwell.

The following local IHOP locations will serve free short stacks all day March 4 to benefit CHOG:

  • 3125 Peach Orchard Road, Augusta
  • 4361 Washington Road, Evans
  • 180 Aiken Mall Drive, Aiken

For more information about this event, please contact Catherine Stewart, CMN Development Coordinator at CHOG, at 706-721-4004 or

About CHOG
The 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia is the second largest children’s hospital in the state, providing the highest level of pediatric critical care and neonatal intensive care, as well as a wide range of general and complex health care for children.

About IHOP
For 52 years, the IHOP family restaurant chain has served famous pancakes and a wide variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner items for all ages. IHOP strives to offer its guests an affordable, everyday dining experience with warm and friendly service. The first IHOP opened in Toluca Lake, Calif., in 1958. There are currently 1,438 IHOPs across the greater United States. IHOP restaurants are franchised and operated by Glendale, Calif.-based International House of Pancakes, LLC, and its affiliates.

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