“Please help me raise money to help my friend Brayden, he is a really good guy.”
These were the words with which seven-year-old Quinn ended the summary on his website, in which he aimed to rally people around his home country of Canada to help him pay for an operation his friend Brayden needed. The surgery, if Quinn were able to raise the money, would take place in New Jersey, and would cost around $15,000 (along with additional, ongoing physiotherapy). In all, Quinn needed to raise about $20,000 to provide the gift of a lifetime to his best friend – a sum made all the more difficult to achieve given the fact that most Canadians do not think in terms of “having to pay for surgery,” as their healthcare is covered already. Because the operation was one that could only be done in the States, however, the money was necessary. This particular surgery would help relieve tension in Brayden’s muscles – tension that resulted from Brayden’s cerebral palsy.
“Sometimes he can’t keep up with the rest of the Beavers [Beaver Scouts],” the summary on Quinn’s website explained, “and he falls down a lot. Brayden gets daily physiotherapy to keep him walking. Sometimes it really hurts him. When I was at his physio, I tried to keep Brayden calm when he was in pain.” This is the sort of special friendship Quinn and Brayden share. They are practically inseparable, to a point where Quinn’s mother says Brayden squeals when Quinn simply enters the room.
When Quinn heard of this surgery Brayden needed – this surgery for which Brayden’s parents were prepared to take out a loan that would surely change their financial outlook for years to come – he asked his parents if he could set up a lemonade stand to help raise money. His parents went ahead and did him one better: they not only agreed to help him with the lemonade stand, but they also helped him set up the website that went along with it – the website that helped Quinn spread the word far and wide in an effort to raise as much money as possible for his best friend in the world.
How, then – the obvious question goes – did the lemonade stand fare? Believe it or not, in all, Quinn raised the $20,000 required for his best friend’s surgery. In fact, that’s not all he raised; in all, his efforts yielded a grand total of $48,777!
Yes, Brayden and Quinn have a special friendship indeed. And while one such friendship can certainly be considered to be priceless, the price of that surgery was very real – and the difference the surgery will make in the life of a young boy with cerebral palsy is as tangible as can be.