Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 19, 2014
Is there anything more American than kids trying to raise money with a lemonade stand? How about kids trying to raise money with a lemonade stand for a local cancer patient they don’t even know? That was the case Friday at a home on South Three Notch Street, where Harley and Avery Smith, along with their friend Lexi Odom, were selling the summertime beverage to help raise funds for 22-year-old Covington County woman Bailey Byrd.
And, for the Smith family, the donation of time and energy in the name of helping another didn’t end with the lemonade stand.
“We had the idea (for the lemonade stand) because my dad is having a baseball game for Bailey tomorrow,” Harley Smith explained Friday. “We just thought we could raise some money and give it to her at the game.”
Byrd was told by doctors at M.D. Anderson earlier this year that she will need a stem cell transplant. She will also need an extra $24,000.
“None of them know her,” Maggie Smith said of her husband, Chad, and their children. “They just want to help.”
Maggie said the kids began Friday’s lemonade stand with a goal of raising $100. By 2 p.m. they had reached $115, with no plans to stop anytime soon.
“When I counted that for them and they knew they were already over $100, they just started doing cartwheels and yelling,” Maggie said. “They came up with all of this by themselves, so we went and bought signs and things and they got started.”
One of the handmade signs, which reads, “Dream big Bailey,” was signed by the children – as well as by customers – to be given to Byrd today along with the money.
Maggie said her husband’s contribution to the fundraising, a baseball tournament, will begin today at 9 a.m. at the Dwight Mikel Sports Complex.
“People can come and make donations,” she said. “But all of the players had to pay registration fees, and that’s what is going to Bailey.”
Additionally, there is an ongoing fundraising effort, organized by Christy Sasser, to raise money for Byrd through $1 donations sent to her in birthday cards. Byrd will turn 23 next month. Sasser is the mother of Cooper Sasser, who has battled leukemia since 2011. She said anyone interested in donating can mail a card to Byrd at P.O. Box 863, Andalusia, AL 36420 by Fri., Aug. 1.