A Texas boy who wanted to help pay his dad’s medical bills turned lemons into lemonade — literally.
Drew Cox, 6, opened a lemonade stand in his Gladwater, Texas, neighborhood in an effort to help with the large amount of debt his father had racked up from treatment for a rare form of cancer.
What started as a cute gesture turned into a substantial fundraising effort as droves turned out to help.
People from all over lined up to buy a 25 cent glass of Drew’s lemonade, with many giving him a sizable tip, reports KLTV. One customer reportedly donated $5,000 to Drew’s cause, and by the end of the day Drew had earned over $10,000. Some visitors to the stand even came across the border from Louisiana.
“[My dad] is so important to me,” Drew said. “We like to play with each other. Lots of times we like to play games.”
Drew’s dad, Randy Cox, suffers from seminoma and is receiving chemotherapy treatments. He said that while the family has medical insurance, his out-of-pocket costs are still well into the thousands of dollars.
His mother, Tonya Cox, said that despite Drew’s young age he’s still well aware of his father’s plight.
“He knows that daddy’s gone a lot and every time daddy goes it takes a little bit more money,” Tonya told KYTX.
And Drew’s father more than appreciates the help.
“It almost made me cry,” Randy said. “It’s nice knowing that my kids care so much for me.”
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