Ice cream breakfast will benefit children
Sundaes for breakfast may be a novel idea, but only for parents. Children will likely be delighted with the opportunity to eat a favorite food, meet familiar characters and participate in activities planned just for them. The adults will appreciate the reason for a special May event, to raise money for a good cause.
Dawn Bergquist, mother of Aidan, 7, who was born with Pallister-Killian Syndrome, organized Sundaes at Sunrise to raise money for a support organization she founded. All proceeds will benefit PKS Kids. She formed the group nearly five years ago to raise awareness and promote research on the rare syndrome.
The breakfast will be held at Mikie’s Ice Cream from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14. Breakfast includes a sundae, egg sandwich, hash browns, baked goods, coffee and juice. While people eat, favorite children’s characters will roam the restaurant, closed to the public, to visit with the youngsters.
They include a fuzzy red monster, a very bouncy tiger, and his plump bear friend. The costumes were loaned by a professional company, and local folks will don them for the meet and greet.
Other activities will be balloon twisting, face painting and a Chinese auction on items donated by local businesses. Stores have offered jewelry, gift cards and baskets, theatre tickets, a dance class, pottery and more. People may purchase chances and drop them in jars for a drawing of each prize. They need not be present to win.
Tickets may be purchased from Bergquist by calling 717-597-4897. Prices are ages one to 11, $7; 12 and up, $10; and $40 per immediate family.
“I just think it’ll be fun,” she said.
Five parents from across the United States serve on the board of the nonprofit organization. One hundred people receive the newsletter. Bergquist said when Aidan was born, he was one of 60 children with the diagnosis. Now there are 200 reported cases, but the medical field estimates there are up to 2,000 affected children who have not been accurately identified.
PKS is a chromosome abnormality that hampers cognitive and developmental growth. PKS Kids partnered with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which hosts a conference biannually. Dr. Ian Krantz is involved in research on the condition, made possible in part by donations from Bergquist’s efforts.
“We’d like to see some sort of treatment to help children develop more normally,” she said. “Some advancements have come about from all this.”
Aidan attends school at Franklin Learning Center, and especially loves the therapy swimming pool.
As another parent of a PKS child said, “Our hopes and dreams are different than we thought, but we haven’t given up on them.”