The phrase “making lemonade out of lemons” is used quite a bit to describe a person who makes the most of a bad situation, but few people have taken this phrase quite as literally as ten-year-old Keith Boyd…and few individuals have dreamed as big with their plans to “make lemonade out of lemons” as young Keith himself.
Keith was born with nonverbal cerebral palsy, which not only prevents him from using his arms and legs, but also prevents him from being able to use his mouth. As difficult as this condition is to deal with, however, Keith’s path through life with nonverbal cerebral palsy has been made far easier by the help of The Little Light House, a Tulsa-based development center that provides schooling, support, and services for children with special needs. In addition to providing Keith with schooling for several years, The Little Light House also provided him with an incredible tool that has entirely transformed his life: The Tobii EyeMobile – a tool that enables Keith to communicate by using his eyes to type what he wants to say on the screen, after which these words are verbalized by the tool. This has given Keith the ability to do something he never would have thought possible: he is now able to communicate verbally. And Keith has “dreamed big” to figure out how he can give back to The Little Light House himself.
Using the same Tobii EyeMobile that The Little Light House gave him (and that has inspired him to give back to The Little Light House himself), Keith put together a business plan for a chain of lemonade stands that he could put across Tulsa. His goal? He wants to raise a total of $250,000!
While this may seem like a large sum – and perhaps, even, like an impossible dream – Keith never considered it impossible at all, and his boldness, bravery, and story all caught the attention of several Tulsa business leaders and entrepreneurs, all of whom have jumped on board with the project.
Foremost among these business leaders and entrepreneurs is Arthur Greeno, who owns a number of Chick-fil-A franchises in the area. Greeno has teamed up with young Keith to make the boy’s dream a reality, and now – throughout the hot Tulsa summer – one can find “Keith’s Ice Cold Lemonade Stands” inside various businesses across Tulsa. For a donation of any amount, individuals can purchase a glass of Chick-fil-A lemonade or Chick-fil-A sweet tea, and all proceeds are going toward The Little Light House. With incentives provided for larger donations, Keith may very well meet his goal of raising $250,000 – giving back as much as he can to the organization that has given him so much already!