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National Pancake Day to Raise Millions

By Jason Weinstein.
IHOP restaurants are hoping some short stacks of pancakes go a long way in helping kids in need.

Tuesday at IHOPs around the nation, including in Vestal, customers got a free short stack of pancakes in return for a donation to the Children's Miracle Network. The charity helps buy potentially life-saving equipment for children battling illness. Staff members at the Vestal IHOP expect over 3,000 customers Tuesday. They hope to exceed last year's fundraising of $3,600.

"The Children's Miracle Network can find anything from specialized equipment to help kids going through cancer treatments or who have heart problems. It can fund the equipment that saves their lives. Or it can fund items like play rooms for use while in the hospital," said Joanna Bowser of the Children's Miracle Network.

"The staff has a great time. We're ready for it every year. This is our 11th year going into it. They know it's for a great cause. They put a smile on their face and do the best they can," said Heather Strohl, General Manager at the IHOP in Vestal.

"The pancakes are A-plus, 10 out of 10, would recommend," said Corey Kulon of Windsor.

IHOP's goal nationwide is to raise $3.5 million for the Children's Miracle Network. This is the 11th National Pancake Day.