He was fulfilling his dad’s dying wish.
Brady Campbell, 6, of Colorado, used the money he earned from a lemonade stand to take his widowed mother on a “date” after his father died of colon cancer this past July 7.
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“My dad and I came up with the idea of a lemonade stand to take my mom on a date,” Brady told KDVR. “I didn’t have enough money and I wanted to pay, so I did it.”
Brady wasted no time making good on his promise. On July 8, the day his father, Brandon Campbell, passed, the boy built his stand just outside of his home, charging $1 or “best offer” per cup.
The operation really took off after a few local officers learned of Brady’s mission and spread the word.
“It was amazing. You could just feel the warmth and energy and such a positive thing in such a tragic time for us,” Brady’s mother, Amanda told the Denver news station.
She continued: “It really lifted our spirits and really made Brady so happy. Brandon was a savvy businessman and wanted to teach Brady all those lessons, and I could just [see] it happening. It made my heart really happy.”
Brady saw close to 75 customers, including neighbors, firefighters and even more police from the local station.
Amanda said she hopes to continue her and her husband’s “date night” tradition by spending that time with her son.
“Maybe we will have our Friday night date night,” she said. “Brandon and I used to do that, so I think we will start that and take the time to spend that time together.”
Brady took home an impressive $244 that day. Then, a neighbor offered to register a GoFundMe in Brandon’s name.
No lemonade required, the campaign raised more than $38,000 to be donated to the Brandon Campbell Memorial Fund at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, as well as the colorectal cancer advocacy group, Colontown.
“Through that, we can get advocacy out, the word for colon cancer, especially young-onset colon cancer. We are happy through all this, we have brought some awareness,” said Amanda. “I feel like it gives some purpose to such a tragedy.”