A little girl in Canada has scored a hefty payout with her lemonade stand. Even more remarkable is what she’s doing with the money.
Five-year-old Na'ama Uzan of Toronto has raised about $25,000 (Canadian, which is about $20,500 U.S.) to help find a cure for the disease that ails her older brother, according to CTV (h/t Hello Giggles).
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Na’ama’s brother, seven-year-old Nadav Uzan, has Angelman Syndrome — a neurological disease that makes it hard for him to walk or speak. He also suffers seizures.
So Na’ama decided to do something about it. She opened up a lemonade stand last spring to raise money to support the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (FAST). "It’s going to make a cure,“ Uzan tells CTV. "I’m doing it because I want to support a cure for Angelman Syndrome.”
Na’ama, already recognizing the value of diversification, also sells muffins in addition to lemonade. After just under a year of operation, her little DIY business raised $25,000 for FAST.
It’s also raising money indirectly. California man David Low, whose son Joshua was recently diagnosed with Angelman Sydrome, heard about Na’ama’s lemonade stand. Inspired by her story, David and his partner Steve did a little fundraising project of their own, bringing in $20,000 that will be used to set up a research grant in Na’ama’s name (CTV caught her priceless reaction on video. Watch it here).
It’s proof that there’s no force like a determined little girl — and a mean cup of lemonade.
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