Boy, 9, raises nearly $30K at lemonade stand for grandfather with cancer

Lemonade. (Photo: Pen Waggener/Flickr/Creative Commons) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

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Lemonade. (Photo: Pen Waggener/Flickr/Creative Commons) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

When Angel Sanchez’ grandfather was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer in December, the boy decided he would try to raise $100 to help.

With help from his mother, Sanchez, 9, built a yellow lemonade stand.

Through support from the community, he has been able to raise $6,700 through a GoFundMe and another $21,766 while the stand was open Saturday, according to the Las Cruces Sun-News.

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"If you build it they will come," his mother Chastity Sanchez told the Sun-News. "The response from the community, I can't believe this, I really can't believe it. It doesn't feel real, but I'm so humbled."

Hundreds of residents lined up for a cup with one thirsty and generous drinker plunking down $250 to help Sanchez.

“He understands that people are helping him to help his grandfather. But he is also just a boy and it can be hard,” Chastity Sanchez said. “He doesn't really understand what $100 is, which was his goal. What he's wanted is to just help his grandpa not have to worry.”

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