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IHOP’s National Pancake Day benefits Children’s Miracle Network

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Many people are flocking to pancake houses today all for a free meal. Tuesday March 4 is National Pancake Day and places like IHOP are handing out stacks of fluffy, buttermilk flapjacks all to help fund the Children's Miracle Network.

News Leader 9's Jenyne Donaldson stopped by one of Columbus' pancake houses to see what yummy goodness workers and volunteers were whipping up.

National Pancake Day at IHOP is about more than a free stack of fluffy buttermilk pancakes.

"For us this morning it especially means, that we're actually able to do a good deed," said patron Zsa Zsa Walton.

Pancakes are exchanged for donations that go to Children's Miracle Network hospitals. In our area, the money raised will go to Midtown Medical Center.

"It's helping out the kids," said Children's Miracle Network patient Martin Thiele "It's helping out the staff with the new machinery, beds anything. And, it just means a lot, it's really close to heart."

Martin Thiele, a patient with the Children's Miracle Network, says he can have fun even though he's going through treatment.

"It varies from hanging out with college kids, going skating with some Cottonmouths any of that, and even this, flipping some pancakes," Thiele said.

Miss Columbus was also on hand for a pancake flipping contest and she even helped serve up some hotcakes to restaurant goers. Zsa Zsa Walton was at IHOP with her family and says what made this day so sweet for them.

"Because it's nationally recognized it's another opportunity for us to spread awareness and kind of put our funds back where we know that these things will, are going to go and be used and be profitable," Walton said.

IHOP hopes to raise at least $3 million today nationwide. To get your free pancakes and donate to a great cause you have until 10 p.m. Tuesday night.

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