ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - IHOP is celebrating National Pancake Day Tuesday by giving away free short stacks. In return, restaurants are asking for a small donation to the Children's Miracle Network.
The organization says they use that money to buy needed items for the Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital. Money is used to buy equipment, hire child specialists, and pay for special programming for chronically ill children.
Money donated to the Children's Miracle Network has benefited thousands of local children.
For Hayden Reiling of Roanoke who suffers from gastrointestinal problems, the Children's Miracle Network helped pay for him to go to camp last year.
For Krislyn and Mike Henry who gave birth to Parker Henry last month at 26 weeks, a special unit called a giraffe helps keep their son safe. To read more about Parker's Journey,
Four local IHOPs are participating, including the locations at Valley View, Franklin Road, and locations is Salem and Christiansburg.
Last year $3,000 was raised for the Roanoke area. The Children's Miracle Network hopes to top that this year.
The event will run from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.