PARMA, Ohio - A simple summer tradition has become a cathartic team effort for four young cousins in Parma.
The children were planning on holding a lemonade stand for this week when their uncle suddenly passed away Monday.
45-year-old Julio Dumeng was recently diagnosed with advanced, undetected stomach cancer and given a year to live but a short few weeks later succumbed to the disease.
Immediately the heartbroken children, decided to hold a lemonade stand and donate the proceeds to their uncles medical bills and funeral expenses .
But sadly after two they had only raised a small amount of money.
“We got just $36 dollars,” said one of the young girls named Isabella.
That’s when a Good Samaritan named Cassie Busta happened by the stand and heard their heartbreaking and heartwarming story and called Fox 8 News.
“God blesses me every day and when I saw this I thought if there’s something I can do to help them,” said Cassie, “And you guys got back to me I was so excited.”
The children told Fox 8 News reporter Suzanne Stratford that they are grateful to Cassie for calling the news department and they hope more people will show up Thursday to support their lemonade stand.
While making new signs, the children told stories about their uncle who was originally from Puerto Rico, then lived in Cleveland and finally moved to New York where had pursued his dreams as a boxer.
“He was nice to us,” said 10-year-old Delilah, “He used to teach us how to box.”
“He was a champion, he was strong for all of us,” added Layla Corchado, an adult niece supervising the lemonade stand.
They’re all hoping more people will stop by the lemonade stand Thursday so that their uncle can have a proper service. It’s being held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Westminster and Oxford Drive in Parma.