Join Me! “Make Lemon Aide for Cerebral Palsy!” Have a Lemonade Stand!
What would you do if YOU KNEW you couldn’t fail? Let’s take fear out of the equation! What are YOUR biggest dreams? What if one day you would not KNOW? Visualize this… You walk into a crowded room and no one is staring at you from head to toe with curiosity in their eyes. Or your mother doesn’t say to you stand up tall and heal toe, heal, toe. What if one day you walk into a grocery store and the cashier says, “Would you like to donate a dollar for CP research”?
Recently, I asked these same questions when I spoke at the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Conference in Milwaukee, WI. Reflecting on my message to children with cerebral palsy, I realized that my whole life I’ve had to be courageous every day of my life with everything you endure good and bad. Everyone with CP is Courageous! As a group we are so COURAGEOUS, the skies the limit of what we are capable of achieving.
I’m Lauren Walier, 15 years old with CP, with a DREAM to make a difference for those 17 million people in the world Cerebral Palsy! I want create a movement so vast and contagious that everyone wants to be a part of it.
Last winter, I was 1 of 15 children in the US/Canada to become an Ambassador of Reaching for the Stars (RFTS). I was so excited to begin my journey to raise awareness for CP that my family and I came up with the fundraising campaign, “Make Lemon Aide for Cerebral Palsy” for RFTS. I hosted lemonade stands and was the CP poster person at local businesses; businesses put donation jars at their cash register; other kids had lemonade stands; and people read newspaper articles about my endeavors and mailed donations. By the end of summer, I raised $7000. It was such a rewarding summer! I have so many heart-warming stories that inspired me to want to fight harder. My family and I then decided to form my own non-profit organization, “Make Lemon Aide” for Cerebral Palsy. I want to raise funds for CP for better treatments/ advanced research! Why?
In 6th grade, I attended my 1st CP Awareness Meeting. It changed my life! I learned that there was NO US federal funding for CP research, no successful treatments and no CURE. I was devastated! That night I knew this was my path! I was on fire inside and realized I wanted to be the VOICE for those who do not have their own!
How can YOU Help? Please join me in having a lemonade/hot cocoa stand. Have a fundraiser at a school, have a creative competition at your office, a 5K Walk/Run, or become a Sponsor! The ideas are endless! Let’s ban together to create a strong, vast movement for CP! Encourage everyone to be a part of… The POWER of Yellow for Make Lemon Aide! BE COURAGEOUS!