Most kids are selling lemonade to make a little extra pocket money, but Aiden Coolbeth, 8, of Milton, is doing it to help raise money for those battling cancer.
Passing by the Eagle’s Club in Milton, you might have heard the eight year-old saying to passerby’s: “Aiden’s lemonade stand, help find a cure for cancer!”
His great grandmother, Betty Lamphere, passed away this April from non-small cell cancer. She had previously fought cervical cancer and lung cancer. She was 73.
It was a tough loss for everyone; Aiden’s mother, Amber Lyn called her “the rock of our family.”
So, Aiden decided raising money for Relay For Life would be a way to honor his great-grandmother’s memory in a positive way.
“I’m gonna basically walk as much as I can at the Relay for Life and I’m just gonna keep on doing stuff to get people to feel better, out of cancer,” said Aiden Coolbeth.
His mother says cancer runs in the family.
Her mother, Tina, plus her father, are both survivors, but Lamphere was the first to pass away from the disease.
“We’re just telling ourselves daily that she’s coming back, when we know she’s really not,” said Amber Lyn Coolbeth.
Giving also runs in the Coolbeth family; Amber has helped raise money to support cancer research for almost 25 years. It’s something her mother, Tina, is proud of.
“It’s just something that she has a drive for. And it’s so special to have her pass that on to Aiden,” said Tina Coolbeth.
Aiden says he knows his great-grandmother would be proud.
“When she passed, all the sudden like, we had like a lot of hard times, but we figured out she was here in spirit for us. She would be like, ‘Wow, you’re finally doing something really good.'”
In two days of fundraising, Aiden has raised over $300; his goal is $500.
He’ll be outside the Eagles Club in Milton on Friday from 5-8 pm, selling more lemonade and baked goods.
Relay for Life of Chittenden County is Saturday, June 17 from 12 pm to 12 am in Essex Junction. To register to walk on Aiden’s team, or donate to it, click here.