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Community Matters: Lemonade Stand Fundraiser

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Community Matters: Lemonade Stand Fundraiser

Community Matters: Lemonade Stand Fundraiser

An 11-year-old who has spend most of his life in hospital getting a chance to realize his dream of going to the beach.


Community Matters: Lemonade Stand Fundraiser

((ashley))when life hands you lemons -- you make lemonade.for one bryant boy-- his lemonade stand has become a sweet surprise.((bob))it's thanks to a friend ... and what's now turned into an entire community... kark's josh berry stopped by the stand and joins us now... josh --- they're raising money for something specific?

Joshthey're trying to reach a goal -- providing 11-year-old gavin hershbine with a chance to really have fun.because until now -- life hasn't provided the best of lemons.

They're coming from all over bryant and central arkansas.

Wednesday this lemonade stand on 3rd street in bryant is likely the most popular in the area.

Run by two 11- year-olds gavin and braxton -- with some help from adults -- they're out to raise as much money as they can... they aren't charging much.

"and the sign along side the street does say it's just fifty cents."but because so many people know the story behind this lemonade stand... they're raising quite a bit more than just a bit of change."

(braxton prather/gavin's friend)"the first person stopped by and gave us a 100 dollar bill for donations."braxton wanted to help his friend gavin hershbine get to the beach...(gavin hershbine/recovering from kidney transplant)"find seashells and play in the water and build sand castles and all that stuff."

But more than just being out in the sun and salt water... it's about where he won't be.(gavin hershbine/recovering from kidney transplant)"time not being in the hospital."for 8 of his 11 years -- gavin has fought a disease attacking his kidney called nephrotic syndrome.

Two surgeries.

A kidney transplant.

Lots of medicine.

(gavin hershbine/recovering from kidney transplant)"probably 15 ivs.

I did a lot in the hospital."not exactly fun in the eyes of an 11-year-old.

His friend braxton stepped up.(braxton prather/gavin's friend)"i felt like that this would help him get to do what he wants before anything could happen and i might never get to see him again."

Word quickly spread... bryant police shared it on their facebook page and wednesday quickly became a success.


Todd crowson/bryant police department)"hopefully he'll get there."from the looks of it... he's getting more than enough.

(braxton prather/gavin's friend)"i think he is."

Joshthey say depending on how much money they raise gavin's family wants to donate to the nephrotic treatment department at children's hospital.


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