CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – If there is a will, there is a way. That’s the mantra of an 8-year-old girl in Clarksville after finding out her brother had been diagnosed with a tumor at the top of his brainstem.
Makenzy Evans has raised thousands of dollars through the sale of lemonade in hopes it could help pay for his brother’s treatment.
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Gannon Evans has a difficult diagnosis. Two years ago, doctors told the Evans family that he had a condition called cerebral cavernous venous malformation.
Basically, he has brain damage that can rupture at any time.
Over time he only got worse and started having seizures daily.
In May, his family learned that he had a brainstem tumor. One after another, the doctors told the family that they could not perform a biopsy because of the risk involved. Finally, there was hope after finding a clinical trial in Boston that uses radiation therapy.
They pray that it may be a cure, but the family will have to meet many personal expenses.
So Makenzy, 8, decided to help raise the money, because she says older sisters have big responsibilities.
“A bit much, because sometimes I have to help mum and dad when they really need it. And I have to help my brother when he’s really sick and injured,” Makenzy said.
The Evans said their goal was to raise $22,000 for Gannon’s first tryout.
So far, Makenzy has held around 15 lemonade stands. Between his sales of over $10,000 and a GoFundMe with $4,000, they’re on their way.
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If you would like to donate, the next lemonade stand will be on Sunday, September 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kelly’s Big Burger in Clarksville.