Brady Campbell, 6, from Colorado who recently lost his father to colon cancer, has set up a lemonade stand to make money and take his recently-widowed mom out on a date.
It's often said that the best way to quit a bad habit, isn't just to quit it but to replace it with a new and good habit. Similarly, when it comes to dealing with loss, be it a dearly departed one, the best way to deal with it is to do something that gains. That means it's always a good idea to make up for a bad incident or event by immediately contrasting it with a positive and uplifting act or decision.
That's exactly what little Brady Campbell had in mind when he decided to start a lemonade stand after the demise of his father. 6-year-old Brady had recently lost his papa to colon cancer on July 7. Little Brady told KDVR that he made his old man a promise before he died. "My dad and I came up with the idea of a lemonade stand to take my mom on a date because I didn't have enough money and I wanted to pay, so I did it," Brady said.
Since then, Brady’s friends and neighbors came to support him on his new initiative. He charges 25 cents or “best offer” for a glass of lemonade. Brady's mother Amanda was overjoyed when she shared her feelings to KDVR. “It was amazing. You could just feel the warmth and energy and such a positive thing in such a tragic time for us,” she said.
“It really lifted our spirits and really made Brady so happy. Brandon was a savvy businessman and wanted to teach Brady all those lessons, and I could just [see] it happening. It made my heart really happy,” she said.
What an amazing little man, but isn't that a LOT of pressure at SIX to hear from your dying dad?!? Take care of your mom??? Just sayin'.— J4K Madre (@J4kMadre) July 28, 2019
Awwww 😍😍😍— Da Mayor of Tweet City 🌎 (@iam_damayor) July 28, 2019
Such innocence, definitely gon grow up to become a very good guy. 👌
According to the news report, nearly 75 people came out for some lemonade at Brady’s stand that day, including neighbors, firefighters, and police officers. He was able to raise up to $244 on his first day. Soon after, a kind neighbor approached him and offered to set up a GoFundMe page so that he may raise even more funds.
KDVR has confirmed that in two weeks, more than $38,000 was raised for the Brandon Campbell Memorial Fund at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Colontown, a support group for colorectal patients, survivors, their families, and caregivers “Through that, we can get advocacy out, the word for colon cancer, especially young-onset colon cancer. We are happy through all this, we have brought some awareness,” Amanda said. “I feel like it gives some purpose to such a tragedy.”.
HEARTWARMING❤ 6-year-old Brady Campbell recently lost his father to cancer. He started a lemonade stand to fulfill his dad's dying wish: take his mother out on a date. https://t.co/GdBHFnMmor— Fox 35 News (@Fox35News) July 27, 2019
Brady is still planning the date with his mom. He said she likes sushi and they will get ice cream for dessert. He wants to make the date a weekly occurrence. “Maybe we will have our Friday night date night. Brandon and I used to do that, so I think we will start that and take the time to spend that time together," Amanda said.
The family has confirmed that aside from a small amount which would go on the dates, the rest would be donated to the support groups for colorectal patients, survivors, and their families and caretakers.
PROMISE KEPT: Before Brady Campbell's father lost his cancer fight, the two came up with an idea to cheer up his mother, with the 6-year-old setting up a lemonade stand to raise money to take her on a date. @DavidMuir reports. #AmericaStrong https://t.co/BfwxBOaFfm pic.twitter.com/rNQERytWcb— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) July 31, 2019
Colon cancer is the second most deadly form of cancer after lung cancer. Most colon cancer originates from noncancerous, or benign, tumors called adenomatous polyps that form on the inner walls of the large intestine. Cancerous cells may spread from malignant tumors to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems.