Families in the Wausau area say they come to the Shriners' Breakfast with Santa every year. Many of the kids that come to eat pancakes and sausages with their parents are too young too understand how they're also helping sick children at the same time.
"This event is important to me," says Bob Anklum, the hospital representative for Chicago and Minneapolis.
"I'm one of the hospital drivers," Anklum said, "and driving kids I've been associated with for 4, 5, 6 years, you can see the progress that they make."
Twenty-two Shriners' hospitals across the country provide free medical care to underprivileged children, costing the organization about $1.6 million a day. The organization says all the money comes from donations or fundraisers.