7-year-old raises money for best friend's surgery

Credit: YouCaring: My buddy Brayden

7-year-old raises money for best friend's surgery

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by Cassidy Quinn, KGW Staff

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Posted on July 8, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 8 at 9:55 AM

MAPLE RIDGE, BC -- A lot of 7-year-olds set up lemonade stands to earn a few extra cents. But one boy in Canada is taking that thousands of dollars further, raising money for his best friend afford a very expensive surgery.

Quinn Callander has a best friend named Brayden Grozdanich. When Quinn's mom told him that Brayden needed a $20,000 surgery to help him walk, he asked her to help him set up an online donations page and a lemonade stand outside the grocery store.

Brayden has cerebral palsy, and the surgery - if successful - would help him walk without braces on his leg.  So far, he's been going through painful physiotherapy so he can walk with braces. But this specific surgery, that would help release Brayden's muscle tightness and spastic action, is only available in New Jersey, his dad told the CBC. So his family has to travel and pay for the surgery out of pocket.

So with his parents' help, Quinn set up a fundraising page on YouCaring.com, with the goal of raising $20,000. In the page's description, Quinn wrote that he's visited his friend at physiotherapy before, and "tried to keep Brayden calm when he was in pain." He adorably added that you should help, because Brayden "is a really good guy."

Quinn and Brayden made a video for the page, in which Quinn explained why he was doing this.

"He needs a operation that costs a lot of money," said Quinn with his arm around Brayden. Please donate, and thank you if you donate!"

Click to watch the video on mobile

But little Quinn underestimated the popularity of his BFF - people donated more than twice the goal amount in the first few days. As of Tuesday morning, the "My buddy Brayden" page had raised over $53,000.

And that was only part of Quinn's money-raising plan. On Sunday, he set up his lemonade stand and sold refreshing drinks, with Brayden by his side. The boys wore matching shirts that said, "when life hands you lemons... Make lemonade."

As of Tuesday, the project still has 25 days left, and it's not showing any sign of slowing down. Brayden's surgery is scheduled for August.

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