Girl raising money for research, one lemonade glass at a time
Five-year-old wants to see cure for Angelman Syndrome, which afflicts her brother
A little girl has been selling lemonade and other goodies to raise money for research into a rare syndrome that has afflicted her brother.
"My brother, Nadav, has Angelman Syndrome, so we're trying to raise money for a cure so he won't have it anymore," said five-year-old Na'ama Uzan on Monday.
Angelman Syndrome is a genetic disorder that causes developmental disabilities and neurological problems.
When Na'ama and Nadav's parents explained the syndrome to their daughter, she wanted to help.
"She wanted to know what she could do to help and we were discussing different things that someone her age could do to raise money, to make money," said her mother, Ru Uzan.
"We'd done a lemonade stand last year — just for herself, as a little kid thing to do and she loved it. So she jumped on it and said 'A lemonade stand, a lemonade stand.'"
So far, the drive to help out her brother and others with Angelman Syndrome has been a big success.
It has inspired others to open similar lemonade stands in the city and also in Thornhill.
In total, those efforts have raised $6,000 so far.
Na'ama's parents are thrilled with what she’s accomplished.
"It's just incredible that through a lemonade stand we've been able to raise this towards a cure for Angelman Syndrome," her dad, David Uzan, said in an interview.
Uzan said that because a lack of awareness, it can be hard to raise money for the cause.
"But through these lemonade stands we're really raised a lot," he said, thanking the community for their support.
With a report from the CBC's Natalie Kalata