In Graton, MA, Tyler Hardiman set up a lemonade stand in front of his house. At just 6 years old, he wanted to help a complete stranger that had been diagnosed with cancer and decided to donate his proceeds to the family. The stranger was actually a police sergeant with a family and children of his own, and although little Tyler had never met him, the man’s story pulled on his heartstrings and he just knew that he had to do anything that he could to help.
Tyler’s mom helped him set up, and Tyler’s friend, Jacob, was proud to be supporting his friend because “it’s a nice thing to do.” The duo began selling lemonade, fruit punch, and iced tea on the front lawn, posting a sign to say where the donations would be going.
The police sergeant, Mike Mezzola, hasn’t been working while he was battling lymphoma, and Tyer knew that he wanted to help.
His mother worked for days to pull it off, and the word spread far and wide by the time they began. Police officers lined the street, and people traveled from all over town to purchase a drink to support the cause. Officers gave the boy a vest, a badge, little pins, and hats to thank him for his efforts.
At the end of the day, he ended up raising over $1,500 for the sergeant and his family, and people everywhere are inspired to help others, just like Tyler Hardiman.
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