Lemonade stand raises money for diabetes

CURE: Like many children, Katelyn Solis (left), 8, and Lauryn Nostrant-Torres, 9, have a summer lemonade stand. However, the money they earn is going to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Lauryn was diagnosed with diabetes when she was 2 years old. (Pioneer photo/Kyle Leppek)

BIG RAPIDS — Children selling lemonade during the summer to earn money is a staple in many neighborhoods. For two Big Rapids children, their lemonade stand doesn’t earn money for themselves, but to help cure diabetes.

On the corner of 190th Avenue and Arrowhead Lane, Lauryn Nostrant-Torres, 9, and Katelyn Solis, 8, sit in the yard selling lemonade to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. When Lauryn was 2 years old she was diagnosed with diabetes. With her best friend Katelyn’s help, Lauryn hopes to raise money to help find a cure for diabetes.

“I was thinking of it because I didn’t want diabetes anymore. So I was thinking we could raise money and have a cure for everyone that does have diabetes,” Lauryn said. “It’s kind of hard for me because sometimes I get a little sad that I can’t have food that other people can have.”

The pair have been selling their lemonade during the summer and estimate they have raised $30. Lauryn’s mother, Katie Nostrant, said the family participates in walks and fundraisers for diabetes but donations have been declining recently. Lauryn decided she wanted to help and enlisted Katelyn, who regularly supports Lauryn when it comes to her disease.

“It’s cute because they are taking the initiative and came up with the idea themselves,” Nostrant said. “A lot of the time if they have a snack in class, Kate won’t have it because Lauryn can’t.”

The friends sell strawberry lemonade for 50 cents, or any donation, to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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