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Colorado Boy Raises $6K With Lemonade Stand

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

Young entrepreneurial spirit can pay off. A Colorado boy trying to raise money for a medical assistance dog for his brother has reached his goal.

Mark Rinkel, from Aurora, raised $6,000 to help his brother.

an ear catching advertisement points passersby to an eye-catching sale and an impressive little boy.

"Lemonade and snacks, down this road! I should be, like signing people's autographs."

Rinkel, 12, runs a lemonade stand, but his nine-year-old brother, Jason, is the inspiration behind it.

"My brother recently was discovered that he had type one diabetes,” he said.

The family wants to get a medical assistance dog, that can smell blood sugar levels and help give peace of mind.

"Let's say Jason went low in the middle of the night,” Rinkel said. “We don't have the dog. he might not wake up in the morning."

So, he sells lemonade to help pay for his brother's very expensive dog. "six thousand dollars."
He gets lots of thirsty customers, publicity and donations.

“A lot of people have checks, because checks are easier to put more money on,” Rinkel said.

As they donate, lots of people ask about Mark's brother. He was at the sale, but had to leave because his blood sugar levels dropped. Even without his brother here, Rinkel’s lemonade stand is a success.

"You know, my guess for this stand is gonna be $3,000."

With a packed schedule, the 12-year-old has no plans to stop peddling his punch.

"I have to keep a cell phone when I'm here alone," he said.


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