Little 6-year-old Drew Cox is one of those kids who take action when the situation calls for it. The oldest of three Cox family kids took it upon himself to help out with his dad’s medical bills by opening a lemonade stand in his hometown of Gladewater, Texas. Not even his parents expected what happened next.
His father, Randy Cox, learned earlier this year that he had seminoma, a type of cancer usually found in the testicles. Randy’s cancer, however is not in the testicles but rather in other areas of his body, like the chest. Chemotherapy is expected to treat the cancer successfully.
Drew, realizing how important his Dad is to him, decided to help out in the only way a six-year-old could – with a lemonade stand. So on a Saturday morning, Drew set up shop outside the family’s home and began selling lemonade for 25 cents per cup. As word spread about Drew and his efforts to help his dad, people began showing up from dozens of miles away to buy lemonade. One customer was so moved; he left a check for $5,000. When the day came to a close, Drew’s take was more than $10,000 according to his family.
A close family friend, Tameka Royal, is also doing her part to help Randy. Royal has been friends with Drew’s mother, Tonya Cooley Cox, since the two attended dance class at age 6. She became friends with Randy when they met in high school. Learning of her friend’s cancer, Royal wanted to do something, too. She created a website account for taking donations to help the family, www.giveforward.com/randycox.
Drew and his siblings, Jake, 4, and Micah, 7 months, their mom and family friend Royal should be able to enjoy Randy Cox’s good health for years to come as a result of the fund-raising efforts Drew and Royal undertook.