by Shanique Higgs
An eleven year old boy from Utah named Zack Francom took notice of more than 300 people in many countries that were in need for wheelchairs. So Zack decided that he should start a lemonade stand as a fundraiser. He got this idea in 2010 when his school had a fundraiser that was funded by the sales of lemonade. The young boy knew that being in a wheelchair wasn't easy and that it was really hard to cope with. At a very young age Zack decided to help a lot of people with his love and consideration.
“What if I couldn't walk or run or ride my bike?” Zack said.
Zack’s story is similar to that of a young girl who started Alex's lemonade stand. Alex's lemonade stand is a pediatric cancer charity that was founded by a young girl who died at a very young age due to a form of pediatric cancer called neuroblastoma; a tumor that originates in the adrenal glands. This is the most common extracranial solid cancer in childhood and the most common cancer in infancy. Before Alex left the world, she had a mission, which was to help people her age going through cancer also. So Alex decided to open up a lemonade stand that was aided by her elder brother due to her young passing age. She wanted to raise money for kids who was in the same medical situations she was and she wanted to make life a little easier for them. It all began on her front lawn in West Hartford, Connecticut. She began to raise over $2,000. So her family began to do this as an annual family ritual even after her death.
Just like Zack, Alex had an urge to help others who were going through the same situations as them because they didn't want anyone to struggle like they did.
Zach was recently able to provide 37 wheelchairs that he shipped to fifty five countries with his earnings of $5,300 by the help of selling 80 quarts of lemonade and 350 dozens of baked goods by his mother. Zack’s shack has been a philanthropy for many people! He was selling the lemonade for $.50 and the cookies sold two for $1.00. People would be so ecstatic about his considerable heart that hundreds of people would line up in April during the spring break. They were also ecstatic about the taste of the cookies and lemonade too.
“My goal is to fly around the world and hand out the wheelchairs,” he says.
Zack with his genuine heart keeps everyone going and instead of sleeping and playing video games during spring break, young Zack is outside working hard to sell his cookies and lemonade to fellow supporters to help others in need in other countries around the world.
With great concern and love that both Alex and Zack have, we can learn that even the little things count and that the smallest things can make a huge impact on someone else's life.