Utahn, age 8, has rare kidney failure to help IHOP to "backtrack" for Primary Children's Hospital


SALT LAKE CITY – Nellie Mainor is a pretty 8 year old girl with rare kidney disease, but that does not stop her from giving back to others. She uses her cooking skills to help patients at the Children's Primary Hospital.

Nellie is suffering from a rare disease called dense deposits disease, which prevents the kidneys from properly filtering blood waste, so that her kidneys are chronically deficient. She was diagnosed in October 2017 and spent a lot of time at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City.

She is on the hospital's kidney transplant list and now spends 10 hours a day receiving dialysis at her home. "Before, she went on dialysis three days a week to the hospital," said Sarah Mainor, Nellie's mother.

Nellie was not only a patient at the hospital, but she also defended and raised funds for the hospital. To give back, she will "get things done" with the help of IHOP restaurants.

On Tuesday, from 7:00 pm to 7:00 pm, IHOP restaurants will host their annual Free Pancake Day campaign for Children Miracle Network hospitals. Donations made at IHOP restaurants in Utah will benefit patients at the Children's Primary Hospital.

Nellie is one of three US children selected to be part of the IHOP 2019 Chefs team. Her colorful and fun recipe has earned her one of those places.

Nellie calls her pancakes "PaNellie Unicorn Cakes", and they present a vibrant pile of blue and pink pancakes decorated with icing, whipped cream, nuggets, berries and a unicorn horn shaped of sugar cone.

Although her recipe did not earn her the title of Champion Chef, she still has a cheerful attitude and generous spirit.

"Go get your free stack of pancakes and make a donation," said Sarah Mainor. "You never know, but maybe Nellie will come in. Hopefully she'll surprise you."

Funds raised through Utah's IHOP restaurants will be used to fund art, music therapy, charity and other activities for elementary school children. Last year, the IHOP National Pancake Day campaign raised more than $ 100,000 for the hospital.



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