Like other kindergarteners his age do, Kansas-native Aidan decided to sell lemonade outside his house. But usually lemonade stands don’t make CNN. The reason Aiden’s did? This 5-year-old set up shop with one goal in mind—to help his classmate Jayce get a diabetes alert dog that will bark whenever he has a severe rise or fall in blood sugar.
“At first I thought ‘It’s too cold! We can’t do a lemonade stand right now. It’s 30 degrees.’ But you don’t want to stop your child when they’re so anxious to give,” said Aiden’s mother, Shannon Kendall.
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The dog will be specially trained to bark whenever Jayce is experiencing a dangerous change in blood sugar. Through fundraising efforts, the family is hoping to raise the $25,000 needed to buy the special K-9 for Jayce.
“It leaves me speechless to know that we have friends who we didn’t even know that long and Jayce’s friend who’s in kindergarten at that, who has a big enough heart to want to do something like this to help somebody else out,” said Jayce’s mom, Lindsey Berryman.