The mayors of the cities of Leavenworth and Lansing met Tuesday to support fundraising efforts for children’s hospitals – and eat some pancakes too.

Leavenworth Mayor Jermaine Wilson and Lansing Mayor Mike Smith met to eat pancakes on National Pancake Day at the IHOP in Lansing and discuss a fundraising effort for the Children’s Miracle Network.

“This is two cities, two mayors coming together to support a great cause,” Wilson said.

The Children’s Miracle Network is comprised of a coalition of 170 children’s hospitals, including the KU Medical Center.

More than 10 million children are admitted to a children’s hospital such as the KU Medical Center every year, according to the organization’s website.

The hospitals rely on donations and community support to help provide the best care possible for children.

“This is quite a thing but there are other things we’re working on,” Smith said.

Last summer, Smith and Wilson partnered to host the inaugural Twin City Initiative, an event that brought several entities in the two cities together for a day of fellowship and charity.

Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network hospitals have raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the Miracle Balloon icon campaign, according to the website.

The IHOP in Lansing is one of thousands of participating IHOP restaurants that have been active in the fundraiser for many years.

On National Pancake Day, approximately 1,300 IHOP locations across the United States and Canada invite guests to eat a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. In return, IHOP invites those guests to make a donation to their local children’s hospital with the purchase of a Miracle Balloon paper icon.

This year’s icon campaign concluded Tuesday at the IHOP in Lansing.

“This is a way we can give back,” said Melissa Scott, general manager of the restaurant. “It takes a lot of prep to get ready for it. … A lot of our servers will donate their tips today to the fundraiser.”

According to the website, Children’s Miracle Network hospitals treat 16,000 children in the emergency room every day. More than 60 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network hospital every minute.

For more information about the Children’s Miracle Network, visit or call 905-265-9750.