Quinn Callander, a seven-year-old boy from Maple Ridge, Canada, is one heck of an amazing friend!
Quinn is best friends with Brayden Grozdanich, also seven years old, and according to Metro, the two were simply inseparable. Both kids attend the same school and spend their free time participating in scouting activities.
Brayden suffers from cerebral palsy, which makes walking difficult for him. This is because of the constant spasming and twitching of his leg muscles brought about by the terrible condition. To be able to walk unaided, Brayden requires a costly $20,000 surgery. Sadly, his family couldn’t afford the steep cost of surgery. This gave Quinn a very brilliant idea.
Quinn thought of opening up a lemonade stand to raise some money for his best friend, and with the help of Brayden himself, the two launched their stall of refreshments outside a grocery store in town. They opened up every Sunday and offered grocery patrons a refreshing beverage after their weekly shopping.
You wouldn’t really expect a lemonade stand to earn enough money for surgery. But Quinn and Brayden’s efforts caught the eye of Quinn’s mother, who then started an online fundraising page for Brayden. On YouTube, Quinn posted his heartwarming plea:
The page gave further details regarding Quinn’s fundraising efforts and Braydens’ condition:
“Hi my name is Quinn, and this is my buddy Brayden. We are both 7 years old. We go to the same school and we are in Beaver Scouts together. Brayden has Cerebral Palsy, this makes it challenging for him to walk well because his muscles are very tight. Sometimes he can’t keep up with the rest of the other Beavers and he falls down a lot. Brayden get’s daily physio therapy to keep him walking. Sometimes it really hurts him. When I was at his physio, I tried to keep Brayden calm when he was in pain. My Mom told me Brayden is going to have a special surgery to help release the muscle tightness and spastic action. The surgery is not done here in Canada, only in the USA. Brayden and his Mom will be travelling there in August for the operation. Since the surgery is not done in Canada, Braydens Mom and Dad have to pay for it. The surgery will cost $20,000. Please help me raise money to help my friend Brayden, he is a really good guy. Thank you. Love, Quinn”
As of today, Quinn’s funraiser has reached $55,840 from more than 400 generous supporters — more than twice what Brayden requires for the surgery. Because the operation is not available in Canada, Brayden would have to travel abroad with his family. Thanks to Quinn Callander and his fundraising efforts, Brayden will be able to undergo the much-needed surgery.
[Image from Quinn Callander’s fundraiser page]