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Lemonade for a Good Cause

By wiccania     Jul 30, 2007 in Lifestyle
12-year old Mark Rinkel, a competitor in last year's Best Lemonade Stand in America contest, rose to the occasion when his little brother was diagnosed with diabetes -- selling lemonade to raise funds for a medical alert dog.
The Rocky Mountain News reports that Rinkel has raised over $4000 towards the $16,000-$25,000 needed for his brother's dog.
The medical alert dog is trained to sense dips and increases in blood sugar, and alert the patient by licking their face. If the patient cannot be roused, he would then lick the face of a family member.
"But I’ve heard stories of a dog pulling off someone’s pajamas, because the parent was sleeping heavily," the mom said.
Mark took 3rd place in's Best Lemonade Stand in America contest last year, raising $250 for pediatric AIDS programs. With the help of TV coverage of his campaign, he raised $3,906 just on Sunday. Adding other days totals and pledges, he's hit his goal of raising the $6,000 contribution towards his brothers dog. Heaven Sent Paws, a Missouri based non-profit will raise the rest.
One Los Angeles woman saw a national TV show about Mark’s lemonade crusade and sent her son who lives in Denver to make a $200 donation, said Mark’s mom, Marisa Rinkel.
Mark's younger brother Jason is 9-years old and was diagnosed in October. Between finger pricks to check his blood sugar and insulin injections, he's endured about 3,000 pokes.
This is such a wonderful story. If I'd had a way to visit this boys lemonade stand myself, I would have loved to be able to.
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