SAVE THE DATE for 2022 Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day!

February 18, save the date for this annual virtual pediatric and childhood cancer awareness event, Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day.

Save the date for this annual virtual pediatric and childhood cancer awareness event, Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. February 18! #kidsgetcancertoo #childhoodcancer #pediatriccanccer

THE best way to stay informed is to like our Facebook Page!

We ALL eat on February 18th!

To participate in Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, all you have to do is post a selfie of you eating ice cream, tag #kidsgetcancertoo and let us know who you are eating for.

Families – We generally repost pictures of childhood cancer kids (or adult survivors) if they are shared with us or are public – please let us know if you would like us to NOT share. Everyone else, as we share pictures of cancer kids and their families – PLEASE encourage their families who WILL be reading the comments. Childhood cancer is a very lonely journey and for those remembering lost ones, it is compounded. You can ease this day by helping them know that we will eat a scoop for them and remember them right along with their family.

7 Things About Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast You’ll Kick Yourself for Not Knowing

We’ve always been virtual, since before virtual was cool (or necessary).

People have participated from drive-thrus, place of work, hospital bed, cafeteria, restaurants and most often their very own home at the beginning of the day. No need to share germs, just share your picture (and a bit of your heart).

You can eat things other than ice cream.

No need to feel that you can’t participate if you are dairy-free, vegan or have food allergies. Get creative and find a way to embrace your inner child during the morning of February 18th. Here are some ideas for alternatives to ice cream.

It all started with one little girl who loved life.

Malia Grace left us far too soon, and that isn’t fair. But Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast is about her ALIVE. It is celebrated on her day of birth, and captures a few of her favorite things – silliness, a good party and frozen convections. Now, we just need to get her family, friends and unicorn poop in there somehow.

We’ve been celebrating since 2014.

I know, it’s hard for us to believe too… but this whole crazy idea started way back then and hasn’t stopped since. Each year is different, but each year is special. This year will be too.

We have no paid staff, or budget.

One of Alisa’s brushes with fame was when she talked to Kevin Bacon’s manager on the phone. He asked how big the EICFBD staff was and our annual budget. She laughed out loud, zero to both questions. Just two Minnesota sisters who love one kid.

*And if inquiring minds want to know, Kevin DID virtually eat with us in 2015 and 2016

We don’t raise any money.

Most childhood cancer organizations and events are about fundraising, because childhood cancer gets less than 4% of all cancer research dollars… but we wanted to keep focused on awareness, gratefulness and community. However, we do hope that once you participate your brain starts thinking, because we know that awareness leads to knowledge and then to action.

It’s free, easy to participate.

Just buy your ice cream and take a selfie while you are eating and let your friends know WHY you are eating. If you have a connection to pediatric cancer, let people know. If you don’t tell people about one of our featured kids.

2021 EICFBD Pediatric and Childhood Cancer Awareness Event

Dear friends, that’s a wrap on another beautiful year of: SUPPORTING the fighting REMEMBERING the resting and PARTYING ON with the survivors of childhood cancer.

Our Facebook Page is really just a launching point. The majority of what is happening out there in the world cannot be seen on this page, but rather is personal support going directly to the kids and families who need it most through their own social media platforms.

We had a record number of prominent childhood cancer organizations sharing this day with all their kids this year, and public media platforms inviting the masses to join this party. We also had news coverage from Hawaii and posts in German and Swedish (see below).

No matter how you engaged in this day, we want to thank you for joining with us in the encouragement and support.

These kids everywhere around the world with cancer, their parents, and their siblings desperately need to be seen and have their story known. Thank you for letting them know they are not alone, and for bringing your light into the dark parts of their lives. Showing up by EATING ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST my seem like a small thing, but it’s truly impactful to those on the receiving end.

Until next year, please continue to participate in acts of kindness and encouragement for all those directly affected by childhood cancer. The effects of their experiences last long past the time when treatments end. God bless you all. Go shine bright in the world! Happy birthday, Malia Grace. ❤

All our love, Mom, Dad, Madi, Marissa, Auntie Alisa & Rosie

LIKE our Facebook Page to stay in the know all year long and see you next February 18!

Some Highlights from the Day

Childhood Cancer Research Fund Blog Post: “We interviewed Alisa, Malia’s aunt, about Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day’s mission and her niece’s legacy. Alisa describes her niece, Malia, as a “firecracker” who loved her friends and family fiercely, and continued playing soccer even during chemotherapy to treat her Wilms tumor. When the 9-year-old from Forrest Lake, Minnesota passed away in 2010, it was her determination and her boundless love for life that her family wanted to remember most. They remembered one day during Malia’s Make-A-Wish trip when they threw convention to the wind and ate ice cream for breakfast. So in Malia’s honor, her family started “Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day” on Malia’s birthday to raise awareness of childhood cancer and celebrate her life.” Read more


Ice-cream for CHICA: Namibia Media Holdings held an “eat ice cream for breakfast day” to commemorate World Cancer Day.

The ice cream was donated by Polar Ice Cream and all proceeds went directly to Children Fighting Cancer in Namibia (CHICA).

Here NMH’s Shareen Mwelwa handing over the N$1460 contribution to Rolf Hansen of the Cancer Association of Namibia.


WAKE UP 2DAY, HONOLULU HAWAII: Posted: Feb 18, 2021 / 06:00 AM HST / Updated: Feb 18, 2021 / 06:00 AM HONOLULU (KHON2) — Social Scene: Ice cream for breakfast: If you feel like eating ice cream for breakfast this morning, go for it!


2020 Featured Kids and Adults

In 2015, a new tradition began of featuring childhood cancer kids and those who love them, in the “Featured Kids” section, we have now added adult survivors of childhood cancer as well.

If you don’t have a personal connection to childhood cancer, we encourage you to pick one of the featured kids or adults and eat “for” them. Childhood cancer is deeply personal to those who it has touched and we want our awareness to be deeply personal too. Yes, “kids” get cancer, but more specifically… these kids.

Watching their family’s stories evolve has been one of the joys and struggles of doing this year after year. Some of our featured kids have gone on to live full lives, some are still fighting and some have passed away since they were featured.

No matter what happened, the hope is they had more moments of joy because we joined their fight.

Meet the featured kids and adults for 2020’s Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day: Jacob, Reese, Eleanor, Daisy, Jake, Mia, Dylan, James, and Maddie.

Jacob is Resting

By eating #icecreamforbreakfast, I honor all children who have fought or who are fighting a battle with cancer, because #kidsgetcancertoo. Join me on Feb 18.⁠ Who are YOU eating for?

Reese is Celebrating

By eating #icecreamforbreakfast, I honor all children who have fought or who are fighting a battle with cancer, because #kidsgetcancertoo. Join me on Feb 18.⁠ Who are YOU eating for?

Eleanor is Fighting

By eating #icecreamforbreakfast, I honor all children who have fought or who are fighting a battle with cancer, because #kidsgetcancertoo. Join me on Feb 18.⁠ Who are YOU eating for?

Daisy is Fighting

By eating #icecreamforbreakfast, I honor all children who have fought or who are fighting a battle with cancer, because #kidsgetcancertoo. Join me on Feb 18.⁠ Who are YOU eating for?

Jake is Fighting

By eating #icecreamforbreakfast, I honor all children who have fought or who are fighting a battle with cancer, because #kidsgetcancertoo. Join me on Feb 18.⁠ Who are YOU eating for?

Mia is Fighting

By eating #icecreamforbreakfast, I honor all children who have fought or who are fighting a battle with cancer, because #kidsgetcancertoo. Join me on Feb 18.⁠ Who are YOU eating for?

Dylan is Fighting

By eating #icecreamforbreakfast, I honor all children who have fought or who are fighting a battle with cancer, because #kidsgetcancertoo. Join me on Feb 18.⁠ Who are YOU eating for?

James is Celebrating

By eating #icecreamforbreakfast, I honor all children who have fought or who are fighting a battle with cancer, because #kidsgetcancertoo. Join me on Feb 18.⁠ Who are YOU eating for?

Maddie is Celebrating

By eating #icecreamforbreakfast, I honor all children who have fought or who are fighting a battle with cancer, because #kidsgetcancertoo. Join me on Feb 18.⁠ Who are YOU eating for?

2018 Featured Kids

If you don’t have a personal connection to childhood cancer, we encourage you to pick one of the featured kids or adults and eat “for” them. Childhood cancer is deeply personal to those who it has touched and we want our awareness to be deeply personal too. Yes, “kids” get cancer, but more specifically… these kids.

Meet the featured kids and adults for February 18, 2018’s Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day: Laney, Audrey, Dylan, Bella, and Kaitlyn.

By eating #icecreamforbreakfast, I honor all children who have fought or who are fighting a battle with cancer, because #kidsgetcancertoo. Join me on Feb 18.⁠ Who are YOU eating for?

Laney
Laney is Resting
Audrey
Audrey is Celebrating
Dylan2
Dylan is Resting
Bella2
Bella is Fighting
Katilyn
Kaitlyn is Celebrating

By eating #icecreamforbreakfast, I honor all children who have fought or who are fighting a battle with cancer, because #kidsgetcancertoo. Join me on Feb 18.⁠ Who are YOU eating for?

2017 Featured Kids

If you don’t have a personal connection to childhood cancer, we encourage you to pick one of the featured kids or adults and eat “for” them. Childhood cancer is deeply personal to those who it has touched and we want our awareness to be deeply personal too. Yes, “kids” get cancer, but more specifically… these kids.

Meet the featured childhood cancer kids for 2017’s Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day: Hope, Josiah, Dominick, Aaron, Abby, Alex, Karli, Trenton, and Adrian.

By eating #icecreamforbreakfast, I honor all children who have fought or who are fighting a battle with cancer, because #kidsgetcancertoo. Join me on Feb 18.⁠ Who are YOU eating for?

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Hope is Resting
josiah-fb
Josiah is Celebrating
dominick-fl
Dominick is Resting

 

aaron-abby-fb
Aaron & Abby are Celebrating
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Alex is Celebrating
karlie-fb
Karli is Celebrating
trenton
Trenton is Celebrating
adrian
Adrian is Resting

By eating #icecreamforbreakfast, I honor all children who have fought or who are fighting a battle with cancer, because #kidsgetcancertoo. Join me on Feb 18.⁠ Who are YOU eating for?

2016 Brushes with Fame and International Awareness

February 18th was a day filled up with great kids and yummy ice cream beyond words. Wasn’t it an incredible experience? We pray it touched you in deep places and moved your heart. As we managed each picture that came in today we celebrated, smiled, laughed, cried ugly tears, and ate way too much ice cream. Our fingers are numb and our bums are sore, and our hearts are very, very full.

We are thankful for all 75 AMAZING KIDS (including our nine featured kids) and their warrior families who let us get a glimpse into their cancer experience and their beautiful hearts. Because of your involvement the world is hearing the message that kids get cancer too. Thanks to all of you for eating ice cream to encourage them and help infuse some smiles into their stories. Eating Ice Cream for Breakfast may not cure cancer or change the world, but it does give us all a reason to have a little fun together, to share some compassion and to inspire people into action. Having the fight of our children acknowledged and the grief and struggle seen means so much. For every picture you posted, comment you left and “like” you clicked you gave us some much needed encouragement. Thank you so much… for all of it!

Lastly a huge THANK YOU to Malia’s auntie Alisa for bringing this all together into what it has become. She handles all the technical stuff, and does it with much passion and great love, on a budget of zero and very little sleep. My husband and I act as support staff, and are so proud of what Malia’s original little birthday party has become. We do it all for you and you do it for us, and we all get to know some really incredible kids through it all. Hope you join us again next year! Same day. Same place. God bless.

~Malia’s Family

2016 News Coverage of EICFBD

One highlight from this year was seeing our day covered in this newspaper from Nambia and having Kevin Bacon eat with us for the second year!

Nambia Newspaper
We made it to Nambia!

Thinking of kids this morning #IceCreamForBreakfast @eaticecream #RAKWeek pic.twitter.com/YAPUSflRab

— Kevin Bacon (@kevinbacon) February 18, 2016

MSN & WCCO – Forest Lake Family’s ‘Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day’ Honors Daughter.  This morning we are giving you permission to eat ice cream for breakfast. It’s part of a social media campaign started by a Forest Lake family who lost their daughter to cancer… and wants other families facing childhood cancer to know they’re not alone. (3:31) WCCO This Morning – Feb. 18, 2016

WKRN – PLEASANT VIEW, Tenn. (WKRN) — Pleasant View’s newest ice cream and coffee shop, Golly G’s, celebrated National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day on Thursday. The store offered scoops for 50 percent off and held a social for children stricken by cancer.

Middays with Michelle – “International Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day” to show support for kids with cancer.

WJON – SAUK RAPIDS — They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and today (Thursday) at Sauk Rapids-Rice high school it was served in a different way.  Several students and the Tanner’s Team Foundation teamed up to serve over 900 students Ice Cream in honor of International Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day.

Having #icecreamforbreakfast in honor of a Forest Lake family! @eaticecreamday pic.twitter.com/laypIttIaK

— Jason DeRusha (@DeRushaJ) February 18, 2016

Eating #icecreamforbreakfastday to call attention to #kidsgetcancertoo @alicialewisKARE @svensundgaard @CoryHepola pic.twitter.com/MNK0Nq3nDe — Kim Insley (@KimInsley) February 18, 2016

Nat’l Eat Ice Cream for breakfast day to help kids fight cancer. Win!#kidsgetcancertoo #eaticecreamforbreakfastday pic.twitter.com/OqcfN57X1H — Kim Insley (@KimInsley) February 18, 2016

National #icecreamforbreakfast Day! #kidsgetcancertoo @realmilwaukee pic.twitter.com/mJjSkkaKHW — Angelica Duria (@angelicaduria) February 18, 2016

Today we marked #IceCreamForBreakfast Day on @News3ThisAm. @eaticecreamday https://t.co/YtiKKAFFsE pic.twitter.com/1kYYViG3N5 — Kevin Hunsperger (@kevinhunsperger) February 18, 2016


2016 Promo Materials

2016 Featured Kids

By eating #icecreamforbreakfast, I honor all children who have fought or who are fighting a battle with cancer, because #kidsgetcancertoo. Join me on Feb 18.⁠ Who are YOU eating for?

If you don’t have a personal connection to childhood cancer, we encourage you to pick one of the featured kids or adults and eat “for” them. Childhood cancer is deeply personal to those who it has touched and we want our awareness to be deeply personal too. Yes, “kids” get cancer, but more specifically… these kids.

Meet the featured kids for February 18, 2016 Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day: Addy Jo, Tanner, Asher, London, Cole, Simone, Kaine, BeeJay, and Taylor Grace.

Addy Jo is Fighting
Addy Jo is Resting
Tanner is Resting
Tanner is Resting
Asher is Celebrating
Asher is Celebrating
London
London is Fighting
Cole is Resting
Cole is Resting
Simone is Resting
Simone is Resting
Kaine
Kaine is Resting
BeeJaye
BeeJay is Resting
Taylor Grace - 2
Taylor Grace is Resting

By eating #icecreamforbreakfast, I honor all children who have fought or who are fighting a battle with cancer, because #kidsgetcancertoo. Join me on Feb 18.⁠ Who are YOU eating for?

2015 Featured Kids

If you don’t have a personal connection to childhood cancer, we encourage you to pick one of the featured kids or adults and eat “for” them. Childhood cancer is deeply personal to those who it has touched and we want our awareness to be deeply personal too. Yes, “kids” get cancer, but more specifically… these kids.

Meet the featured childhood cancer kids for 2015’s Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day: Olivia, Yuval, Katie, Ashley, Leah, Sophia, and Nathan.

By eating #icecreamforbreakfast, I honor all children who have fought or who are fighting a battle with cancer, because #kidsgetcancertoo. Join me on Feb 18.⁠ Who are YOU eating for?

Each year we feature kids who are fighting, celebrating or resting.  Here our our 2015 featured kids:

Eat Ice Cream For Breakfast Day
Olivia is Celebrating
Yuval2a
Yuval is Celebrating
Katie2

Katie is Resting

Ashley1
Ashley is Resting
Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day
Leah is Fighting
Sophia
Sophia is Resting
Eat Ice Cream For Breakfast Day
Nathan is Celebrating

By eating #icecreamforbreakfast, I honor all children who have fought or who are fighting a battle with cancer, because #kidsgetcancertoo. Join me on Feb 18.⁠ Who are YOU eating for?

Kevin Bacon, Shawn Ashmore, and more Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast, 2015

Good morning! #icecreamforbreakfast #kidsgetcancertoo #sixdegrees @SixDegreesofKB February 18, 2015

Kevin Bacon (@kevinbacon)

Malia’s mom Annette tells us about Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day (CLICK TO LISTEN): Malia Grace is a little girl who will be celebrating her 14th birthday in Heaven tomorrow, February 18th. Malia battled pediatric cancer and passed away in 2010 at the age of 9. One thing she LOVED was having ice cream for breakfast and her family remembers 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 tomorrow 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:  (read more)

International Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day on a sweet mission:  KXAN.com – AUSTIN (KXAN) — You might not know it, but you’re in for a sweet treat today – for various reasons. It’s International Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, all to “support the fighting, remember the resting and party on with the survivors.” It’s meant to spread …

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.

Celebrate Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day to honor kids with cancer:   Fox 59 – FOREST LAKE, MN (February 18, 2015) – “Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day” isn’t a holiday created by little kids who wanted to eat dessert for breakfast – this holiday actually has a very special story. According to myfoxdetroit.com, a family created this day to …

Eat ice cream for breakfast to support kids fighting cancer:  MyFox Detroit – ‎A family from Forest Lake, Minnesota is overwhelmed by the worldwide support they’re getting for “Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day” – a day they created to honor their daughter Malia and other kids who have lost their lives to cancer, to support the kids fighting …

It’s national ‘Eat Ice Cream For Breakfast Day’:  Baltimore Sun – The tradition was started by a Minnesota family who lost their daughter to cancer, in 2010. The 9 year old loved to have ice cream for breakfast. Now, people are sharing their ice creambreakfast all over social media with #icecreamforbreakfast. The tradition …

MN Family Helps Fight Childhood Cancer By Eating Ice Cream For Breakfast:  CBS Local – MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – It’s something your mother told you never to do: eat ice cream for breakfast. But one Forest Lake family is asking everyone to eat ice creamWednesday morning. It’s all part of a campaign that’s gone international to remember their…

Bring Me the News: Ice cream for breakfast: Children’s cancer campaign started in MN goes global

As long-term diets go, it’s not the healthiest. But as a once-a-year indulgence to honor a Minnesota girl who lost her life to cancer, “International Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day” is a seemingly perfect way to warm hearts across the globe. Annette Peterson, of Forest Lake, started the awareness raising campaign in 2013 in honor of her daughter Malia, who just 9-years-old when she died in December 2010 following a 14-month battle with kidney cancer.  (read more)

Family’s ‘Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day’ meant to honor pediatric cancer …:  Fox News – ‎ A Minnesota family says they are overwhelmed by the amount of people participating in “Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day” meant to honor their daughter who died of cancer, and other pediatric patients fighting the disease. Malia Grace was just 9 when she …

How Eating Ice Cream For Breakfast Helps Kids With Cancer:  POPSUGAR – ‎Eat Ice Cream For Breakfast Day — which just so happens to be today (if you stuck with bacon and eggs this morning, mark your calendar for Feb. 18, 2016!) — is a new tradition started by a Michigan family in honor of their daughter who died after a battle …

Eat Ice Cream For Breakfast On February 18 For An Incredibly Worthy Cause:  Bustle – ‎If you’ve ever wanted to reach for the Ben & Jerry’s after waking up, this is the day to do it. A family from Forest Lake, Minnesota, has officially made February 18 National EatIce Cream For Breakfast Day in honor of their 9-year-old daughter, Malia Grace …

Ice cream for breakfast: Children’s cancer campaign started in MN goes global:  Rick Kupchella’s BringMeTheNews – ‎But as a once-a-year indulgence to honor a Minnesota girl who lost her life to cancer, “International Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day” is a seemingly perfect way to warm hearts across the globe. Annette Peterson, of Forest Lake, started the awareness raising …

Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day honors children who have cancer:  Atlanta Journal Constitution – ‎FOREST LAKE, Minn. — Put away that sausage biscuit and save the eggs for another day: Feb. 18 is Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. The holiday is more than an excuse to indulge your sweet tooth. The Peterson family from Forest Lake, Minnesota, started …

Mom Asks You to Feed Your Kids Ice Cream for Breakfast to Honor Child Who …:  The Stir – ‎One family in Minnesota is embracing the saying, “Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first,” in memory of the child they lost to cancer. The Petersons, whose daughter, Malia, died in 2010 after a 14-month battle with kidney cancer, have started Eat Ice Cream for …

Eating Ice Cream For Breakfast Has Its Benefits:  Youth Health Magzine – ‎The event was first celebrated in 2013 with close friends and family through a virtual birthday party for Malia via Facebook, but this year, “Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day” was opened up to other families of children with cancer, according to the publication …

International Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day:  National Monitor – ‎To honor their daughter’s memory, the Paterson family has declared this day to be International Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. What started two years ago as family and friends posting photos on a Facebook page, has grown into an international campaign.

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