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My Buddy Brayden: 7-Year-Old Raises $48K For Sick Friend’s Surgery

When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. When Canadian 7-year-old Quinn Callender, of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, decided to launch a lemonade stand and a crowdfunding campaign to help his friend Brayden Grozdanich get an expensive surgery, he never could have expected the overwhelming response he received.

Grozdanich, who has cerebral palsy, has been undergoing painful physiotherapy to help him walk, but he now needs surgery to allow him to walk without braces, a surgery only available in New Jersey, his father told the CBC. That's when Callender stepped in. With the help of his parents, social media and a little water, lemon and sugar, 'My Buddy Brayden' was launched. On Sunday, the two boys manned the lemonade stand outside a local grocery store, and needless to say the refreshing drink (and the cause) was a hit. As of Monday, the campaign has already surpassed its $20,000 goal and raised over $48,000.

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Brayden Grozdanich's photo to help raise money for his friend Quinn Calender's surgery for cerebral palsy. YouCaring.com

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'My Buddy Brayden" official crowdfunding site

Maple Ridge, B.C. boy's lemonade stand raising money for friend (CBC)

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