Most kids start a lemonade stand because they want money for a brand new toy or the cool new sneakers, but one selfless little boy from California decided to use the money he made to help his grandpa fight cancer.
This past December, 52-year-old Richard Sanchez was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer, the very same cancer that killed his own sister. “He is a very macho guy, but he’s scared,” said his daughter Chasity Sanchez. “The scary part for him is that he lost his sister 11 years ago to the same cancer.”
As hard as the news was for her to process, it was even harder for her 9-year-old son, Angel Reyes, when he found out. However, he refused to let his grandpa fight alone and wanted to help any way he could. So after he realized his grandpa needed money to pay for treatment since he was a construction worker and was unable to work after surgery to remove a tumor, he decided to start a lemonade stand to raise money. “I wanted to make money for him, $100, maybe $120, selling lemonade and popsicles,” Angel said.
“I care a lot of about my grandpa,” Angel said. “I want to do anything I can to help him. People have been really nice about wanting to help, too. I’ll keep doing this as long as I can, if it will help him.”
Soon members of the community heard about the touching reason behind the lemonade stand and helped Angel raise more than $21,000 through donations, lemonade sales, a GoFundMe campaign, and a generous match from local business owner Marci Dickerson. “You know he put a plan into action — had incredible compassion for someone else and a great work ethic and we firmly believe in rewarding that and helping,” Marci said.
“He just wants to help his grandpa in any way that he can, and for a nine-year-old, this is the best idea he could think of and I’m so proud of him for doing it,” Sanchez said. “We sent pictures of the stand to my dad. He got emotional when he saw them.”
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[Featured image: Facebook/Chasity Sanchez]