National Pancake Day celebrated with fundraiser for children’s hospital


HENRIETTA, N.Y. (WROC) — A little girl so sick, she needed life saving surgery at the Golisano Children’s Hospital. Today, her family is giving back and asking others too as well, one free pancake at a time. 

“She’s very resilient watching her go through everything that she went through…she’s amazing to me,” said Dana McMahon, assistant manager at IHOP in Henrietta. 

McMahon is talking about her 11-month-old daughter Aliyah. She had to have open heart surgery after a routine doctor’s check.

“It came out she had a mermer. When I listened to it on the stethoscope, it sounded like a washer machine. It sounded very bad,” said McMahon. 

Aliyah was admitted to the Golisano Children’s Hospital in November last year.  The emotion etched in her mind.

“It was overwhelming. I will never forget what she looked like in this picture,” said McMahon. “I cried a lot.” 

Dana McMahon and her 11-month-old daughter Aliyah who had to have open heart surgery after a routine doctor’s check. (Photo provided by Dana McMahon)

McMahon said after surgery, little Aliyah got stronger and better each day. She is grateful for what the hospital has done for her and her family. She wants to give back by helping fundraise for the children’s hospital at her job during this national pancake day at IHOP.

“You always want a small local community like this you definitely want to help and do whatever you can to generate back to the community,” said Michael Wurstner, General Manager. 

“You never know when you might need their services or anything like that,” said McMahon. 

You can get a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes at IHOP restaurants on Tuesday and if you’re really lucky, you might win free pancakes for life.

It’s IHOP’s annual “IHOP National Pancake Day.” The day is also a fundraiser, and IHOP encourages patrons to donate to its partner charities. In Henrietta and Irondequoit, customers are encouraged to donate to the Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Ihop says it’s raised more than $30 million for the charities since the annual event started in 2006. Some of the other charities include: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma society.

Locally the events take place at all IHOP locations From 7 a.m. through 7 p.m.

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