Forest Lake Times: Family promotes eating ice cream for breakfast in honor of young daughter

Forest Lake Times Story -  2.16.15
Forest Lake Times Story – 2.16.15

What began as one Forest Lake family’s effort to honor the daughter they lost to cancer at age 9 has turned into a worldwide phenomenon dedicated to all children with cancer. Feb. 18 has been deemed “Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day” in honor of the spunky spirit of Scandia Elementary student Malia Peterson, who died in 2010 after a 14-month battle with kidney cancer. The event was first celebrated in 2013.

“We wanted to honor our daughter on her birthday, but we weren’t emotionally ready for an actual party,” Annette Peterson, Malia’s mother, said. “We came up with the idea of an online party where we would ask close friends and family to photograph themselves eating ice cream for breakfast and upload it to our Facebook event page for Malia.  (read more)

So what do we mean by “international”?

So what do we mean by “international”? Overwhelmingly, we mean that we have people from 83 different countries– supporting, remembering & celebrating with us this year! Wow!! 83 unique, beautiful, sometimes disagreeing, separate government, COUNTRIES!! How many countries are there anyway?!!

Behold, the power of ice cream and a love of kids to unite us! #kidsgetcancertoo

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Behold, the power of ice cream and a love of kids to unite us! #kidsgetcancertoo

Angola
Argentina
Australia
Bahamas
Bahrain
Barbados
Belgium
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil
Cambodia
Canada
Chile
China
Colombia
Costa Rica
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
Egypt
Fiji
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
India
Indonesia
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kenya
Kuwait
Latvia
Macao
Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic
Malaysia
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico
Morocco
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Pakistan
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Qatar
Republic of Korea
Romania
Russian Federation
Saudi Arabia
Serbia
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Thailand
Tunisia
Turkey
Uganda
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay
Venezuela
Vietnam

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Paleo? Vegan? Gluten Free? Lactose free? Sugar Free? No problem!

HealthyI scream! You scream! We all scream for… ICE CREAM! Who doesn’t love the stuff? Last year we ate A LOT of ice cream on February 18th, but had a few folks who wanted to participate but couldn’t eat it due to dietary restrictions. This event is really all about supporting some pretty incredible kids with cancer, and not about the ice cream (even though it’s pretty awesome too)- so feel free to use substitutions as you support the fighting, remember the resting and party on with the survivors. We did find some pretty great ice cream alternatives though for anyone looking for some creative “ice cream” eating ideas that are outside the box. The box is over rated anyways. If you have a blender or food processor this post is for you!

Paleo? Vegan? Gluten Free? Lactose free? Sugar Free? No problem!  Check these recipes and links out to find something that might work for you!

Raspberry Ice Cream – Serves 2, 2 bananas, frozen
 and 1/2 cup raspberries, frozen Blend together ingredients until ice cream consistency is reached. Serve, enjoy!
Soft Serve Mango - 2 cups of frozen mango 2-4 Tablespoons of Organic Heavy Cream or Full Fat Coconut Milk 10 drops of liquid stevia (optional) Blend ingredients in a high speed mixer until smooth and creamy.
Soft Serve Mango – 2 cups of frozen mango
2-4 Tablespoons of Organic Heavy Cream or Full Fat Coconut Milk
10 drops of liquid stevia (optional)
Blend ingredients in a high speed mixer until smooth and creamy.
Ingredients • 1 pint heavy whipping cream • 1 can sweetened condensed milk • 1 13.5 oz can Coconut Milk • 2 teaspoons coconut extract • ¼ cup sweetened coconut flakes Instructions 1. Place the heavy whipping cream in a large freezer safe bowl with lid. Beat with an electric mixer on high until the cream forms stiff peaks. Then add all remaining ingredients into the bowl, except the coconut) and combine on low speed until fully incorporated. Top the cream with the coconut flake and seal with the lid. 2. Freeze for at least 4 hours (maybe longer depending on the depth of your bowl) or overnight. Serve frozen topped with more coconut flakes.
Homemade Coconut Ice Cream
Ingredients
• 1 pint heavy whipping cream
• 1 can sweetened condensed milk
• 1 13.5 oz can Coconut Milk
• 2 teaspoons coconut extract
• ¼ cup sweetened coconut flakes
Instructions
1. Place the heavy whipping cream in a large freezer safe bowl with lid. Beat with an electric mixer on high until the cream forms stiff peaks. Then add all remaining ingredients into the bowl, except the coconut) and combine on low speed until fully incorporated. Top the cream with the coconut flake and seal with the lid.
2. Freeze for at least 4 hours (maybe longer depending on the depth of your bowl) or overnight.
Serve frozen topped with more coconut flakes.
CHOCOLATE BANANA SOFT SERVE VEGAN "ICE CREAM" INGREDIENTS •2 bananas, chopped and frozen •¼ c unsweetened cocoa powder •5-7 Tablespoons non-dairy milk of choice (almond, soy, coconut) •mini chocolate chips optional for topping Blend and serve!
CHOCOLATE BANANA SOFT SERVE VEGAN “ICE CREAM”
INGREDIENTS
•2 bananas, chopped and frozen
•¼ c unsweetened cocoa powder
•5-7 Tablespoons non-dairy milk of choice (almond, soy, coconut)
•mini chocolate chips optional for topping
Blend and serve!
Healthy STRAWBERRY Frozen Yogurt Ingredients: 4 cups frozen strawberries
 3 Tablespoons agave nectar or honey
 1/2 cup plain yogurt (non-fat or full fat)
 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice Blend and serve! (or) Healthy PEACH Frozen Yogurt 1 (16-oz.) bag frozen peaches or 4 cups fresh peaches, frozen solid
 3 Tablespoons agave nectar or honey
 1/2 cup plain yogurt (non-fat or whole) 
 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice Blend and serve!
Healthy STRAWBERRY Frozen Yogurt Ingredients:
4 cups frozen strawberries
 3 Tablespoons agave nectar or honey
 1/2 cup plain yogurt (non-fat or full fat)
 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Blend and serve!
(or) Healthy PEACH Frozen Yogurt
1 (16-oz.) bag frozen peaches or 4 cups fresh peaches, frozen solid
 3 Tablespoons agave nectar or honey
 1/2 cup plain yogurt (non-fat or whole) 
 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Blend and serve!
Pineapple Whip
makes 4-6 servings Adapted from ice-cream-freaks.com Ingredients: 1 frozen pineapple, peeled, cored and chopped
1 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon honey (optional, for authentic sweetness) Blend and serve!
Pineapple Whip
makes 4-6 servings
Adapted from ice-cream-freaks.com
Ingredients:
1 frozen pineapple, peeled, cored and chopped
1 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon honey (optional, for authentic sweetness)
Blend and serve!
Skinny Pumpkin Pie Frozen Yogurt Ingredients (makes 4 1/2 cup servings) 1 cup canned pumpkin
 1 cup Greek yogurt (such as Fage)
 3 tablespoons honey
 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/4 teaspoon allspice
Skinny Pumpkin Pie
Frozen Yogurt
Ingredients (makes 4 1/2 cup servings)
1 cup canned pumpkin
 1 cup Greek yogurt (such as Fage)
 3 tablespoons honey
 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/4 teaspoon allspice. Blend, then freeze in container with lid for 24 hours. Scoop and serve!

2015 Promotional Materials

This little flyer will be hanging in our local Culvers ice cream shop and our local Children’s hospital is handing it out to all of its oncology kids and families in February, both in-patient and in the clinic!   We are so blessed to be working with them to support more kids in the very place where Malia went through so many long months of treatment.  Friends were made and lives were changed.

We will also be handing out many more flyers in our area.  So, we wanted to share it with you, in case you’d like to “pound the pavement” along with us.  Available in jpg or pdf formats, you can use this it to reach out to businesses, local oncology units or any other way you’d like to.  And as always let us know if there is anything else you need and who you get to join us.

Ideas on WHO you can share this with –> click here


EICFB Flyer

Calling ice-cream loving cancer kids (and their parents)!

International Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day is February 18. We honor all children who have fought or who are fighting a battle with cancer, because kids get cancer too.Today, we want to open up Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day to other cancer kids and their families.  To “take back one day” from all of the hard days of childhood cancer and choose to celebrate the everyday joy of our children with family and friends!

In remembrance, support or celebration – we’d love to have your family join ours for this event and make it your own.

Want to take back one day?  Find out how!!!

*If you are not a cancer kid, mom or dad, you can also be involved!  Get Involved & stay tuned for more information as we get closer to February 18th.

The Other Side of Cancer – A Poem

© Jackie Rosenzveig, November 2014
© Jackie Rosenzveig, November 2014

It’s literally a trip through hell.
If you are lucky, your journey will be an uphill ride
Through Dante’s Inferno.

As you pedal breathlessly toward the top,
Stones slam into you from every direction, tearing you to pieces.
And deadly fires close in on you, scorching your soul.

The dizzying twists and turns make you sick again and again.
And again.
Inevitably, you fall from time to time
Gathering scars.

But somehow, you climb back on
Willingly accepting the painful road
As the price of hope.

You are equally tortured
Watching the suffering of your peers
Who seem to crash down just as you pull yourself up.
And you can only pray that they too will be able to get back on
And follow in pursuit of the finish line.

Then, by some miracle, you get there
To the outer edge of hell.
You climb out and anticipate the feel of the smooth ground under your feet.

But you find that the hell hole
Remains wide open just behind you.
It follows you wherever you go.
But the normal people can’t see it.
Only those who have been there see the truth.

The normal people congratulate you on your safe return from the netherworld.
And then return to their normal business.
Expecting you to follow with the same balance and confidence.
After all, you are back and it’s time to move on.

They don’t get how treacherous is the invisible precipice;
How you never know if and when you might fall back in;
How you never stop hearing those monsters taunting from below.

What can you do but try to smile
And pray to keep your balance —
— Like a tightrope-walking clown.
Obligated to keep the masses happy,
While unsuccessfully trying not to look down.

© Jackie Rosenzveig, November 2014

Featured on SIXDEGREES.ORG

I have been hoping to get the word out to Celebs to talk up this years event and we just were added to the a website named sixdegrees.org, which was created by Kevin Bacon.  The site connects celebs with grass root efforts like ours.  There are a few typo’s but I don’t even care right now.  I can’t wait to see where this goes!

Check it out – http://www.sixdegrees.org/causes/eat-ice-cream-for-breakfast-day/

Six Degrees

September – Childhood Cancer Awareness

Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day

  • 10,450 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2014.
  • Childhood cancer rates have been rising slightly for the past few decades.
  • 20% of children will not survive 5 years past diagnosis.
  • Cancer is the second leading cause of death in children (after accidents). About 1,350 children younger than 15 years old are expected to die from cancer in 2014.  (From Cancer.org)

That roughly translates to the graphic below, and that is why we continue to fight to bring awareness.  Because #kidsgetcancertoo.

Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day

 

Learn More –

Love the Love!

Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day - Childhood Cancer AwarenessI was doing a search today about Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day and found this gem from 2014 – we LOVE it when you share about this day!  We invite you to spread the word as well!

Just heard about the Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day today.   It is in honor of a little girl who died of cancer and is celebrating her 13th birthday today in heaven.  The day helps to remember the kids fighting cancer or those who lost the fight and are in heaven.    

Here is an article and link to Facebook site:  Malia Grace is a little girl who will be celebrating her 13th birthday in Heaven tomorrow, February 18th. Malia battled pediatric cancer and passed away  a few years ago. One thing she LOVED was having ice cream for breakfast and her family remembered her each year on her birthday by doing just that. Now YOU and your family are invited to do the same thing! Just eat ice cream for breakfast in memory of Malia Grace and all those children who are battling cancer, surviving cancer or resting in Heaven with their Savior. Be sure to like Malia Grace’s Facebook page, invite your friends to do the same and post a pic on Malia’s page.

So, eat ice cream for breakfast today…….and give your kids an extra hug and love!

Learn how to spread the word about this day.

Beyond a 13th Birthday

Excerpt re-posted from Beyond “it”, a blog  written by Malia’s Mom Annette, about moving beyond the things in her life that get in the way of becoming what God has asked her to be. “It” will be fear, grief, anger, and confusion… but “it” can be a lot of other things too. In this process of moving beyond “it”, there will be many past memories to share & many new adventures to explore together.
 
 

Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast - Childhood Cancer Awareness

My Malia Grace is celebrating her 13th birthday in heaven this next Tuesday, February 18th. As a family we wanted to do something to commemorate the day.  Birthdays, anniversaries of diagnosis, entering hospice, and of the day she entered heaven are all crazy hard, crazy strange days.  The first couple years after her passing it seemed wrong to let the days just slip by quietly, but we struggled how to celebrate when our hearts were broken into a million pieces.  Last year we solved the dilemma for her birthday. Malia LOVED ice cream and we had made an amazing family memory at the end of her earthly life eating ice cream for breakfast together while on her Make-A-Wish trip in Florida. 
 
So we built on that memory and invited about 50 of our closest family and friends to join us in a virtual birthday party on Facebook.  They took pictures of themselves eating ice cream for breakfast and then posted the pictures on my Facebook page.  In the creative style of Malia’s spirit people sent pictures from Malls, drive-thru’s, kitchen tables, couches and cars.  They took pictures of their cats getting a sweet lick or two.  They were silly and crazy and smiling and laughing in every single picture, and as I sat in front of our computer screen at home the tears fell.  I wept for the loss of our time with Malia.  I wept for the joy of knowing her celebration in heaven was outdoing ours by a long shot. I wept because I felt so very deeply loved though all of those pictures.  It got our family through the day with a lot of laughter mixed with those tears and gave us something to look forward to all day as the pictures kept coming in. All day my other two daughters would say, “Let’s check the computer again, Mom!”. Afterwards my sister made a collage in the shape of a heart out of all those pictures. It’s now a treasured memory tucked away in the deepest part of my heart. 
 
So this year we thought, Hey! Let’s open it up for all of our friends to participate if they chose to. So I sent the invite to my entire friends list on Facebook. Malia’s uncle Scott is a big thinker with a creative flare and gigantic heart. Half jokingly he posted that Malia’s birthday was a National Holiday and invited everyone he knew to join the “ice cream for breakfast” party.  My sister thought a National holiday was a great idea and a great way to bring awareness and support to childhood cancer warriors and the families that love them.  She made a poster to plaster all over Facebook… and it has taken on a life of it’s own.  In just 24 hours that poster has been shared over 1,200 times and one site alone has over 600 “likes” on the post, another over 300 “likes” and it’s growing exponentially.  It has already gone viral into more than 6 countries!  So… now it’s an “International ice cream for breakfast” party!  
 
For those close to us- it’s still about celebrating Malia’s birthday, but in grand Malia style it’s become so much bigger than our little family.  There are now people literally around the world who are going to join us in eating ice cream to honor, cheer on and remember all the childhood cancer warriors they know. 
 
I see the gratefulness of parents and grandparents on line who feel loved and supported in that fight or in their grief, and it is mind blowing. It means so much to them to be remembered.  To be acknowledged.  To feel loved.  Who knew ice cream could do all that?
 
After last year- I did.  And I’m thinking it’s a pretty great birthday present for Malia if she knew the impact of her birthday party gone wild.  She would think this is AWESOME!
 
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