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Eat Dessert First Day- Fight Childhood Cancer

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Eat Dessert First Day UPDATE!

April 18, 2018

If you are planning to eat out this Saturday try one of these great restaurants to support the Steele Center and Eat Dessert First Day!



Fourth Annual ‘Eat Dessert First Day,’ April 21, Honors Memory of Dana Morgan and Raises Funds for UA Pediatric Cancer Research


The day honors the memory of pediatric cancer patient Dana Morgan and raises funds for pediatric cancer research at the UA Steele Children’s Research Center. Local restaurants will donate a portion of the day’s proceeds and individual donations can be made online any time.

The fourth annual Eat Dessert First Day-A Sweet Way to Fight Childhood Cancer takes place on Saturday, April 21, to honor the memory of pediatric cancer patient Dana Morgan; to celebrate family and friends; and to raise funds for pediatric cancer research at the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center


Dana’s parents, Scott and Michelle Morgan created Eat Dessert First Day (EDFD) to honor her memory. Dana passed away on Jan. 22, 2015, at the young age of 10, from complications of leukemia.


She would have turned 14 on April 21.


“On April 21, participants eat dessert first for lunch or dinner while celebrating the presence of family and friends in their lives,” said Michelle Morgan.


In addition to eating dessert first on April 21, participants are encouraged to post a photo to the EDFD Facebook page and donate $14 or more to support the UA Steele Center’s pediatric cancer research.


“Eat Dessert First Day was inspired by Dana, but honors ALL young cancer warriors and the parents who go to bed each night praying that research will find treatments that enable their precious children to survive and thrive,” said Michelle.


Several local restaurants are participating this year by promoting EDFD or donating a portion of their proceeds on April 21 to the UA Steele Center. They are:


  • Canyon’s Crown Restaurant & Pub
  • Charro Steak
  • Eclectic Cafe
  • Fini’s Landing
  • Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse – Tucson
  • The Hub Restaurant & Creamery
  • Kingfisher
  • Prep & Pastry (both locations)
  • Reforma Modern Mexican Tequila & Mezcal
  • Ren Coffee House
  • Sundaze Yogurt & Smoothies
  • Union Public House
  • Wildflower
  • Zinburger (both locations)

Eat Dessert First Day UPDATE!

April 16, 2018

We are excited to announce that we have 4 schools participating in Eat Dessert First Day this year! They are:

  1. St. Augustine High School
  2. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School
  3. Salpointe Catholic High School
  4. San Miguel High School

Thank you so much for your support! We are excited to be partnering with you and we cannot wait to make this an incredible year for Eat Dessert First Day 2018!

Eat Dessert First Day UPDATE!

April 16, 2018

We are thrilled to announce the restaurants who have partnered with us this year for Eat Dessert First Day 2018! Our restaurant partners are:

  1. Canyon’s Crown
  2. Charro Steak
  3. Finislanding
  4. Flemings Prime Steakhouse
  5. The Hub Restaurant & Creamery
  6. KingFisher
  7. Prep & Pastry (both locations)
  8. Sundaze Yogurt & Smoothies


We hope you're as excited as we are for all the amazing eats we will have this year! Thank you all for supporting Eat Dessert First Day!

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Dana's Birthday

If you’re eating dessert first in honor of Dana, she would have turned 14 this year. Please consider a donation of $14 or more!


Steele's Anniversary

This year, the Steele Children’s Research Center celebrates 26 years of conducting groundbreaking research on many pediatric illnesses, including pediatric cancer.


In Our Community

In Tucson and Southern Arizona, around 65 children are diagnosed with some form of cancer, each year.


The State of Arizona

Every single day, one child in our state of Arizona is diagnosed with cancer, that is 365 children and families a year! Please help us fund better treatments for our children!


Leukemia Treatment Days~Girls

Female cancer patients are in treatment for an average of 912 days, will you donate $1 for each of those days?


Leukemia Treatment Days~Boys

Male cancer patients are in treatment for an average of 1,095 days, will you donate $1 for each of those days?

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