At first, Drew’s lemonade stand was a small operation. After all, how much can one small child really hope to raise toward paying for an expensive series of chemotherapy treatments? It was the thought that counted but not one that was likely to make a serious dent in Cox’s mounting medical bills.
But after word got out about Drew’s heartfelt effort, the fundraising cause turned into a “block party,” on Saturday morning with cars lining up around the block to contribute to the effort.
By the end of the day, Drew has raised more than $10,000 with the help of his Texas neighborhood community.
And the fundraising effort has now spread beyond Drew’s lemonade stand.
One of Randy’s childhood friends has also set up a GiveForward account to help raise money for his cause. Tameka Loyd Royal has set a fundraising goal of $5,000, with $3,790 having already been donated toward the cause.
On the donation page, Royal writes: “Doctors gave an excellent prognosis and thinks he only needs 4 cycles of chemotherapy using 2 medications. He goes 6 hours a day for a week and then off for two weeks before the next cycle begins.”
“Randy is a loving husband to Tonya Cooley Cox and has three adorable little boys Drew (6), Jake (4) and Micah (7 months). This is a family that has cast their worries upon God and has many prayer warriors.”
“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.”
The GiveForward fundraiser is scheduled to end June 1.
If you want to make a direct donation to the Cox family, Royal writes that you can send a personal check to: Randy or Tonya Cox to: 330 Walnut St.; Gladewater, TX 75647, and specify that your donation is to help pay the bills connected to his cancer treatment.
“From a small child, you know that love can come from a small child, and just blossom into something so amazing,” Robin McDaniel, one of the contributors to the fun, told KLTV.
This story means a lot to us because our daughter Sophia started her Ice Cream Palace a few years ago raising money for Austin’s mobile loaves and fishes.
Sophia is now a busy fourth grader, yet her eyes light up when we talk about the Ice Cream Store and she really enjoys getting out in the Mobile Loaves truck delivering food and clothing.
I am hopeful she will do this again over the summer. If so, Sophia will share some details together about her upcoming event.
Sophia’s mission…she simply wanted to make money to give to the needy.
As parents helping her along on her endevour, it is exactly this type of operation; a lemonade stand, an ice cream stand, … that opened up in her parents the desire for philanthropy.
Currently, I am working on the core part of the LAMP foundation…..the money. God willing, some important progress has been made. Your prayers that the current undertaking will bear fruit.
All I know is that, I will always look back on Sophia’s ice cream palace, as the simple undertaking that sparked LAMP.
I can only imagine what Drew and his family are thinking.
I pray that Drew’s dad certainly recovers and that they may look back on Drew’s lemonade stand as the spark for their undertaking, wherever that may lead.
Most importantly, to realize that it amounts to more than just the lemonade or the ice cream.
Drew’s story is certainly inspiring.