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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - If you like kids and you like pancakes, you'll love that you can have pancakes while helping kids!

The International House of Pancakes is holding a nationwide fundraiser to benefit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, including Phoebe Putney.

At the IHOP in Lee County, many employees really understand the need.

13 of the 36 members of the wait staff have had children in Neonatal Intensive Care at some time.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has a longer name and a new look, but the same mission of helping kids, a mission IHOP is helping them accomplish.

"It's awesome. We love it. All of our servers, we absolutely love it," said Brittney Buck, IHOP Waitress.

In addition to being a server at IHOP in Lee County, Brittney Buck is also a mom. Her little boy Deven was born 6 weeks early.

"My son, he was in the NICU and thanks to the Children's Miracle Network, he was able to survive," said Buck.

Demeka Wallace shares a similar story. Her little girl was born three months early weighing less than three pounds.

"At the time, I was really nervous. I was scared cause I didn't think she was going to make it, but with Phoebe and everything that they had, it was just amazing. I was so glad that my baby was okay because of specialty equipment bought and paid for through Children's Miracle Network," said Demeka Wallace, IHOP Waitress.

That's what all these paper balloons are for. Each one is bought with a donation. And on March 1, people can get a free short stack of pancakes. They are simply asked to leave a donation for CMN in return.

"Cause a lot of people have kids that have been in the NICU so they know the importance of it and they're so willing to give towards it," said Wallace.

Now Demeka hopes to give back in another way. She's going back to school to become a nurse and help care for other babies like hers was cared for.

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