Randy Cox was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, seminoma. His 6-year-old son, Drew, was desperate to save his father and decided to use his lemonade stand to raise money for the medical bills.
He is so important to me. We love to play with each other, Drew said, according KLTV. Lots of times we like to play games.
Last Saturday at 10 a.m., Drew set up shop in his neighborhood of Gladewater, Texas, selling lemonade by the glass for 24 cents. Drew's lemonade stand started out as a small project, slowly drawing customers to contribute to his fund. But no one really thought Drew could hope to make even the smallest debt in the swelling medical costs.
Word began to spread about Drew's story and it quickly turned into a block party of sorts, with people from as far as Nacogdoches and Shreveport, La., stopping by to help support the cause.
By the end of the day, Drew was able to raise about $10,000 with the help of his community, reported KLTV.
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From a small child, you know that love can come from a small child, and just blossom into something so amazing, Robin McDaniel, a patron who stopped by to donate money, told KLTV.
But Drew wasn't surprised by the amount of money he earned and the numbers who turned out to help support his family.
I was thinking that everybody would come, he said. The Cox family expressed their joy for the amazing turnout.
But the fundraising did not stop with one day of lemonade.
On the donation website called GiveForward, one of Randy's childhood classmates created an account to help raise money for the Coxes and spread awareness.
Randy is a loving husband to Tonya Cooley Cox and has three adorable little boys Drew (6), Jake (4) and Micah (7 months), wrote Tameka Loyd Royal on the donation page. This is a family that has cast their worries upon God and has many prayer warriors.
Royal wrote that she wanted to make the page after reading about his diagnosis on Facebook.
As a grade school classmate of Randy's and dance class friend of Tonya's, my heart went out to them when I saw Randy's post on Facebook about his diagnosis and wanted to get them as much financial and spiritual support as possible, she wrote on the donation page.
Royal wrote that people can make a donation to the Cox family by donating on GiveFoward or by sending a check to 330 Walnut St., Gladewater, Texas, 75647
Thanking everyone in advance for your donations, support and prayers, she wrote. Let's unite to help out this family who has not asked for anything but our prayers.