The Drs: 7-Year-Old’s Lemonade Stand Raised Money For Friend’s Surgery


The Doctors: Boy Raises Funds For Friend’s Surgery

A 7-year-old created a lemonade stand in order to raise money for his best friend. When The Doctors heard his story, they were so touched they just had to share it.

Little Brayden was first diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was 9 months to 1 year old. He loves to run around and play, swim, and play hockey, and he gets very frustrated when he can’t do something everyone else can. He can run, but he couldn’t ever keep up with the rest of the kids. Brayden’s physiotherapist told them about a special surgery that Dr. Roy Nuzzo, from the Summit Medical Group, performed that could help Brayden move better.


They made the appointment for the surgery before they even had the money because it didn’t matter what they had to do. Brayden’s mom explained that Brayden’s friend Quinn came over one day and had seen Brayden having a physiotherapy session after swimming because he was really tight from the cold outside. Quinn was so impacted by what he saw that the next morning Quinn’s mom Heather called Brayden’s mom to tell her that Quinn wanted to start his own fundraiser to help his friend make sure he gets the surgery that he needs.

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The Drs: 7-Year-Old's Lemonade Stand Raised Money For Friend's Surgery

The Doctors talked to the 7-year-old boy who had a lemonade stand to raise money to help pay for his friend’s surgery. (AKIllustration /

They started a lemonade stand and people came from all over. They had mayors, fire departments, and construction companies show up at the stand, and they raised about $24,000 in just six hours. Brayden’s parents are hoping the surgery will give him more confidence and make him stronger and more independent so that he can go play with his friend without worrying about falling down.


Brayden and his mom traveled from Canada to New Jersey to have the surgery done. Dr. Roy Ruzzo explained that Brayden is a little boy who is capable of walking but has difficulty. He said you could liken it to the tin man in The Wizard of Oz who needed a little oil to make his movement smoother.

The cameras were there during Brayden’s surgery and Dr. Ruzzo explained that he was using a needle covered in plastic with a metal tip to help locate the correct muscle. They inserted the needle where they through the nerve branch they were looking for was. Once they found the nerve branch, they cut down the velocity of the nerve while still allowing it to be functional. Dr. Ruzzo explained it as “slowing down the troublemaker.” They then found a nerve in Brayden’s hamstring and released the tension in that area to allow Brayden more movement.

The Doctors: Lemonade Stand To Help Pay For Surgery

The Doctors welcomed Brayden’s mom, Quinn, and Quinn’s mom to the show. Dr. Travis Stork told Quinn that he was a pretty cool friend, and then invited Brayden to walk out and join them on the show. Brayden said he no longer had to use a brace to walk. Dr. Stork then shared that their story actually inspired another family, and that family joined the show via Polycom.

Allison, Dan, and their daughter Brooke. Brooke is 3 years old and would benefit from a procedure like the one Brayden had. They said they spoke to the doctor who said she was the perfect candidate. But unfortunately it’s going to cost them $18,000. Dr. Stork said their show this season is all about simple moments of contagious kindness (SMOCK). Little Quinn then shared that they decided to give the family some of the money they raised to help them pay for the surgery.

The hospital actually covered Brayden’s surgery costs, so they decided they want to give Brooke and her family the funds they got from the lemonade stand to cover the costs of the surgery.


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