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Ice Cream for Breakfast

In support of Make A Wish foundation.

September 17 – Stanley Park  Community Centre

TOGETHER, WE CREATE LIFE-CHANGING WISHES FOR CHILDREN WITH CRITICAL ILLNESSES.

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I am excited to be hosting my 6th fundraiser in support of Make-A-Wish!

In 2015 I was granted my wish trip to meet Elsa and Anna at Disney World. During my wish trip I stayed at Give Kids the World Village and had the most magical time. I was able to spend time having fun with my family while forgetting all about my illness and all the spine surgeries I already had.

In 2017 I was recovering at McMaster Children’s Hospital from a very large spine surgery (my 7th) and decided I wanted to pay it forward and help other children with severe childhood illness have the amazing opportunity that I had with my wish. I decided to make a fundraiser handing out Ice Cream for Breakfast, which was one of my favourite things to do on my wish trip.

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CTV NEWS 2018

Forget cereal, eggs, bacon and pancakes.

A Kitchener girl was serving up ice cream Saturday for breakfast.

Madison Letizi organized the non-traditional menu as a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

In 2015, when Letizi was 7-year-old, she and her family went on a trip thanks to the organization.

That inspired her to give back.

“On my 7th surgery I wanted to do a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish,” she said. “I thought back to my trip, when I ate ice cream for breakfast and I thought, I’ll have a fundraiser called ice cream for breakfast!”

So Saturday morning they set up at the Stanley Park Community Centre and handed out ice cream.

Of course, what’s ice cream without traditional toppings like syrup, sprinkles and candy too?

Last year, Letizi held a similar event, raising over $1,700.

She set this year’s goal at $2,000 but the response was so overwhelming she doubled it to $4,000.

Two local businesses, K-W Countertop and Albert’s Gas Station, matched Letizi’s earnings, bringing the total amount of money raised to $12,000.

It will be used to grant a young boy’s wish.

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570 News 2019

“Ice Cream for Breakfast” – it’s a thing and has now raised over $31,000 for Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario.

Madison Letizi’s third annual event, held September 21 at Kitchener’s Stanley Park Community Centre, brought in over $17,000.

Letizi, who suffers from a spinal disease is scheduled to undergo an eighth surgery this fall.

She was able to take a trip thanks to Make-A-Wish, now she runs “Ice Cream for Breakfast” to give back.

“We are very proud of her strong entrepreneurship and appreciate all the support from her family, friends and the Region of Kitchener Waterloo. Thank you for helping transform lives, one wish at a time.” Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario posted on their Facebook page.

If you are interested in hosting a similar type of event, you can click here.

Ice Cream for Breakfast a wish come true

Maddy Letizi is a 12-year-old girl who’s endured seven operations on her spine and is preparing for number eight in November.

The Grade 7 student at Stanley Park Public School has muscular dystrophy, and she’s turned the painful ordeal of repeated surgeries into an annual fundraiser called Ice Cream for Breakfast.

Maddy was diagnosed with Ulrich Bethlem Muscular Dystrophy when she was two. A complication of that is a curved spine, known as scoliosis. She needed repeated operations to correct that.

When she was seven, the Make-A-Wish Foundation brought Maddy to Disney World in Florida to meet Elsa from the movie Frozen. During her stay at the world famous amusement park, Maddy had ice cream for breakfast every day.

“It was very amazing that Make-A-Wish could actually make my wish come true,” said Maddy. “I was very happy and excited.”

Maddy wanted to raise money for the nonprofit organization that sends children like her on a holiday of their dreams. Her story and fundraising galvanized a grassroots network of sponsors and supporters that has raised thousands of dollars.

“I reached out to small businesses and talked about it,” said Maddy.

In September 2017, Maddy’s first event raised $1,800 selling bowls of ice cream in the Stanley Park Community Centre at 505 Franklin St. North. Her goal was $200.