BRIGHTON, Colorado — The lemonade stand is a right of passage for kids. All you need is some shade, comfy chairs and, of course, the sweet and tangy nectar from fresh lemons.
It also helps to have your siblings there to lend a hand as well.
But the proprietor of the lemonade stand in the 12200 block of Krameria Street in Brighton is 9-year-old Nathanael Kurtz, who is on a mission to make as much money as he can.
Not for a new LEGO set or a super soaker squirt gun, but to fight cancer. Because not too long ago, cancer was fighting him.
“It was hard to go through because hospital hospital hospital,” Nathanael said bluntly.
Nathanael fought, and won, his fight with cancer of the kidneys, Wilms tumor, in 2013.
“I feel good. I get to be a normal kid now,” he said.
But he’s continuing his fight with cancer by raising money for the annual CureSearch Walk with their mission to end children’s cancer. With sister Naomi and little brother Samuel, the little lemonade stand is keeping up with demand.
“We have had a huge journey. Cancer wasn’t even the worst of it,” said mom Ann Kurtz.
Wiping away tears, Kurtz reveals, “We’ve lost two kids also. So every time I think about him surviving, I think of my boys that I lost.”
Just driving by, you wouldn’t think one little lemonade stand has so much meaning. But it does.