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Thoughtful Thursdays is a monthly feature on the Step2 blog that honors people in the news that take time out of their lives to help others.

A Refreshing Cause

Thoughtful Thursday: A Refreshing Cause

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.

Quinn and Brayden

Photo from Youcaring.com

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.

Confessions of a Bully

confessions of a bullyBullying has become a growing problem in schools around the world, but seven-year-old Cameron Thompson is determined to put an end to teasing at his elementary school. His journey to stop bullying started when Cameron made fun of another boy for bringing a doll to show-and-tell. He was caught in the act and took the lesson he learned about the dangers of bullying to heart.

antibullying_1 Photo by: Manila Bulletin

Even months after he apologized to the other student, Cameron still felt bad about what he had done, so he decided to start an anti-bully club at school. More than 75 kids showed up for the club’s first meeting. He was even able to spread his message further by creating an anti-bullying video, with some adult help of course.

Learn more about Cameron’s mission to stop bullying and why this cause is so important to him:


This Thoughtful Thursday, we thank Cameron for spreading a positive message about taking responsibility and embracing our differences.

Birthday Surprise

Thoughtful Thursday

Receiving tons of cards on your birthday can definitely make you feel loved. For 10-year-old Bennett, this might be the best birthday yet because his friend Max managed to give him 2,000 cards for his special day. Two year ago, Bennett was diagnosed with leukemia and it has been a battle for him and his family, but he has remained positive through everything.

Max was able to gather cards and spread the word about Bennett’s birthday thanks to an organization he and his mom created called Catching Joy. This organization encourages kids to volunteer their time to spread joy to others. Before Max knew it, he had received over 2,000 handmade cards from all over the world.

 

Bennett was shocked that he received so many cards on his birthday. We hope Bennett had a wonderful birthday and enjoys reading all of his cards. Our wishes are with him as he completes his final rounds of cancer treatment this June. This Thoughtful Thursday is dedicated to Max and Bennett – best friends that would do anything to make each other happy.