Brayden Grozdanic, a seven-year-old little boy from Vancouver, Canada, has cerebral palsy. He struggles to walk with the help of braces and faces painful physiotherapy every day. In Canada, Brayden can undergo surgery that would allow him to walk without the braces, but a much less invasive procedure is offered in New Jersey for the hefty price of $20,000.
His buddy Quinn, who is also seven, hated watching his friend suffer and wished he could help. He told CTV Vancouver News:
“After I watched one of (Brayden’s) physiotherapy things, and I saw how hard it was for him, I asked my mommy and daddy if I could build a lemonade stand to raise money.”
His lemonade stand, which first set up shop outside a local grocery store, became wildly successful and attracted all kinds of attention. Quinn and Brayden manned the cardboard stand with T-shirts that read “When life hands you lemons … make lemonade” (looking totally precious, I imagine), and generosity poured in from customers. Quinn’s mom gave a try at launching a crowd-funding campaign for the endeavor, and that’s when the team’s success went through the roof.
Quinn posted this message to the campaign’s homepage:
We go to the same school and we are in Beaver Scouts together. Brayden has Cerebral Palsy, this makes it challenging for him to walk well because his muscles are very tight. Sometimes he can’t keep up with the rest of the other Beavers and he falls down a lot. Brayden get’s daily physio therapy to keep him walking. Sometimes it really hurts him. When I was at his physio, I tried to keep Brayden calm when he was in pain….Please help me raise money to help my friend Brayden, he is a really good guy.
Not surprisingly, people were touched by the little boy’s kindness and eager to help. Quinn surpassed the fundraising goal by a landslide and raked in $54,000 for Brayden. His parents have been able to move forward with plans to book his procedure, and Brayden will be walking in a whole new way when he receives the treatment in August. Way to go, Quinn! Faith in humanity: restored.