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February 18th is Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day and the reason behind is a touching one. A family from Forest Lake, Minnesota started the sweet tradition to honor their daughter Malia, who died after battling cancer in 2010, as well as pay tribute to other children who lost their lives to cancer, support those fighting cancer, and to celebrate survivors.
In 2013, a group of about 50 close friends and family had a virtual birthday party for Malia, taking photos of themselves eating ice cream and posting the fun on Facebook.
"In the creative style of her spirit, people sent silly, crazy and smiling pictures from Malls, drive-thru's, kitchen tables, couches and cars," Annette Peterson, Malia's mother, said. "They were silly and crazy and smiling and laughing in every single picture, and as I sat in front of our computer screen at home the tears fell."
Then last year, it was suggested that the morning ice cream fun could become a national holiday to honor all children who are battling or had battled childhood cancer. Malia's family created a graphic to spread the word and it soon went viral, with thousands of people from over 12 countries joining and sharing.
"In grand Malia style, it's become so much bigger than our little family," Peterson told KMSP-TV in Minneapolis. "There are now people literally around the world who are going to join us in eating ice cream to honor, cheer on and remember all the childhood cancer warriors they know."
According to their Facebook page, people from over 83 different countries are supporting, remembering and celebrating the international holiday this Feb. 18, 2015. You can join in by eating ice cream and sharing your photos on their facebook page or on your own. When posting a pic
See who is joining the Peterson's, paying tribute to their loved ones who have cancer. If you want to join, simply post a photo of your morning sweet treat with the tags #icecreamforbreakfast and #kidsgetcancertoo.