An amazing little boy went above and beyond the call of friendship duty for his friend who suffers from cerebral palsy. Quinn Callender, 7, from British Columbia, decided to start a lemonade stand outside of his local grocery store to help raise money for Brayden Grozdanich’s life-changing, but expensive, surgery in America. With a little assistance from Callender’s parents, who helped crowdfund the boy’s efforts, the campaign exploded, and they’ve raised more than $55,000 for surgery that would help Brayden walk again.
Right now, Brayden has to use leg braces, and walking on his own is extremely painful. When Quinn heard that without American health insurance the surgery would cost a whopping $20,000, he decided to take action.
“'When I got home, I wanted to tell my mommy and daddy that I wanted to do a lemonade stand to help raise money to help him,” Quinn told CBC.
The two best friends set up a cardboard lemonade stand with t-shirts and signs emblazoned with the logo, “when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade,” and got straight to work. Not surprisingly, most of the local community showed up in support of the boys. That’s when Quinn’s parents took over, entering his “My Buddy Brayden” campaign on YouCaring, a charity crowdfunding website.
If all goes well, it looks like Brayden will walk again.
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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter@JoannaFantozzi