When life hands you lemons, what do you do? According to American writer, Dale Carnegie, you should make lemonade! And that’s exactly what seven-year-old Quinn Callender decided to do to help raise money for his best friend, Brayden Grozdanich. Brayden has cerebral palsy and needs a surgery that will help him to walk without braces.
With the help of Quinn’s parents, social media, a fundraising website and some lemons, Quinn was able to spread the word about his lemonade stand to raise money to help pay for his best friend’s surgery. On July 6, 2014, Quinn and Brayden sold lemonade outside their local grocery store and needless to say, their fundraiser was a hit! The boys exceeded their goal of $20,000 and have reached over $59,000.
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This Thoughtful Thursday, we applaud Quinn and his effort to help his best friend Brayden. We wish Brayden and his family a successful surgery!
If interested, there is still time to donate toward Brayden’s refreshing cause through Youcaring.com.
Best friends come into our lives and leave a permanent imprint on our hearts. They’re the people that we consider family and sometimes the ones we’ve known the longest. In honor of Best Friends Day, here are some fun activities for young best friends to do on their play dates:
- Bake together: Friends work together to get the job done; isn’t that right? Little buddies can pretend to whip up some delicacies together or take turns cooking up a meal for each other to celebrate their friendship.
- Enjoy the fresh air, hang out and cool off: It’s terrific that Best Friends Day falls in the beginning of June every year because kids can spend their play dates enjoying the fresh air. Kids can swing on the swings, splash and scoop in an activity table, have a picnic or make-believe that they live together in a playhouse.
- Cruise around: Mom and dad can take little pals on a stroll around the park or local zoo. They can enjoy snacks in the wagon and explore the scenery. There is nothing like being chauffeured around with your best friend by your side!
Best friends know how to make each other feel special no matter what. Here are a few quotes dedicated to those extraordinary people in our lives:
“Friendship isn’t about whom you have known the longest… It’s about who came, and never left your side.” –Unknown
“Things are never quite as scary when you have a best friend.” – Bill Watterson, author of Calvin and Hobbes
“Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don’t say.” – Unknown
“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” – Elbert Hubbard, American writer and philosopher
“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” – Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company
Give your best friend a big hug today and thank them for all the joy they’ve brought you!
Best friends are always there to pick you up when you are feeling down. When six-year-old Zac Gossage was diagnosed with leukemia, his best friend Vincent Butterfield was right by his side to make him feel better. During the holidays, Vincent sold scarves and raised $200 to give to Zac’s family. But Vincent didn’t only raise money for his best friend; he also shaved his head so Zac wouldn’t be the only one without hair!
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The power of Zac and Vincent’s friendship is incredible and proves that they would do anything to help one another out. Both boys are learning important lessons from this experience – Zac is learning what it means to have a selfless best friend, while Vincent is beginning to understand what it means to have a fighting spirit as Zac battles cancer. Zac is still undergoing chemotherapy but he still goes to school and sees his best friend all the time.
This Thoughtful Thursday we commend both Zac and Vincent for having each others’ backs. We are wishing Zac a speedy recovery and sending positive thoughts to him, his family and his friends.