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”? 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
Behold, the power of ice cream and a love of kids to unite us! #kidsgetcancertoo
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic
Republic of Korea
United Arab Emirates
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I 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!
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
To download the flyer in jpg format, right click on photo below & then “save photo as”
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.
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.
Inevitably, you fall from time to time
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.
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!
I 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!
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.
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!