“I’m gonna spend it on doctor’s bills and stuff, and buy him a teddy bear too.”
It took only two hours for Andrew Emery’s lemonade stand to raise nearly $6,000 on Saturday.
With some help from the local community, Andrew, 9, set up shop at a used car dealership in Greenwood, South Carolina, where he sold lemonade and T-shirts to raise money for his little brother Dylan. The $5,860 he brought in will help his parents pay for the medical bills for the infant, who suffers from Krabbe disease, a severe and often deadly neurological condition.
“I’m gonna spend it on doctor’s bills and stuff, and buy him a teddy bear too,” Andrew told the Index-Journal. “I just want to help Dylan. He’s my baby brother.”
Andrew’s mother and father, a Greenwood deputy, are with Dylan at a Pittsburgh hospital seeking medical care. The family shares updates on their youngest son’s condition on a Facebook page set up for him, Team DYLAN.
“Folks we are ecstatic with the amount of support this morning!” a recent post reads. “Andrew and friends did an awesome job and exceeded their goal by their wildest dreams! Thanks for all of the support. This is what a community should be all about. Coming together for a common cause!”
Andrew’s mother Melissa told Fox News that he has been thrilled from the start to have a younger brother. The fundraising, she noted, is just an extension of the love he has for Dylan.
“It’s really hard to explain to a 9-year-old what’s happening. From the minute he found out he was going to be a big brother, he was in love with it,” she told Fox. “I see every day that he’s special, and now everybody else can, too.”
Andrew communicates with his little brother regularly via Facetime, and said he already knows how he’ll greet him when he returns home this week.
“I’m going to hug him,” Andrew said.
Want to help? You can donate to Dylan’s medical fund via his GoFundMe page.