4:30 a.m., Sept. 18)
Enterprising young man uses lemonade stand to raise thousands
for cancer research
By Fred Sherwin
Braeden Clements was four years old his world was turned
upside down when his grandfather was diagnosed with cancer.
Wanting to do something to support his grandfather's battle,
Braeden decided to open a lemonade stand to raise money
for cancer research.
was six years ago. Braeden's grandfather eventually succumbed
to cancer in 2013, just days before the Orleans Wood youngster
was planning to open his lemonade stand. Despite his loss,
the young man went opened up for business and managed
to raise $1300.
run the lemonade stand every year since and has so far
raised over $7,500, including $2,000 on Saturday. Braeden
distributes flyers throughout his neighbourhood in the
days leading up to the event and he writes thank you letters
to everyone who makes a donation.
who makes a donations also gets a pair of cookies made
by his grandmother Kathy Smillie.
the patrons who dropped by the lemonade stand on Saturday
were Orléans Ward councillor Bob Monette and Braeden's
teacher at St. Clare Catholic School, Mrs. Martinuzzi.
most kids his age, Braeden is a young man of few words.
Asked if he was happy with how things went this year he
said he was "happy" and that everyone was "nice"
who dropped by and made a donation.
the money raised will be donated to the Ottawa Hospital
Foundation and used for cancer research and cancer patient
care. Braeden's goal is to raise $10,000, a target he
will no doubt achieve.
Ward city councillor Bob Monette hands Braeden
Clements a certificate of appreciation as
Braeden's mother Genevieve Smillie, grandmother
Kathy Smellie and step-father Glen Domain
look on. Photo courtesy of Bob Monette
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)