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Nine-year-old kicks off lemonade stand for brother’s heart surgery

Addison Witulski, 9, raised over $568 this weekend selling lemonade and hand drawn pictures, all for a very noble cause.
New Mexico State Police Officers stop by Addison Witulski's lemonade stand to help her reach her goal (Source: Mace Petty)
Addison Witulski's friends help her set up lemonade stand for her brother Kaden (Source: Mace Petty)

HOBBS, NM (KWES) - Addison Witulski, 9, lives in in Hobbs, New Mexico who raised more than $500 for her little brother, who needs heart surgery in Houston this July.

Her grandmother and guardian, Kim Allred, said Addison probably overheard a conversation between family members talking about the funds needed to get her little brother Kaden Witulski to treatment.

"I guess she has overheard me and her grandpa talking about how we're worried about how we're going to get to Houston, Texas, for my grandsons heart surgery," Allred said. "And she overheard me and decided she was going to go out there and have a lemonade stand and make some drawings and pictures and sell them."

That's when Addison and her friends Erika and Emily Borden decided to sell lemonade for .25 to .50 cents a cup and pictures for .25 cents. Allred said that the moment she found out was unexplainable.

"No words, I'm so proud of these nine-year-old little kids," Allred said. "Her and her best friend Erica [Borden] to do this and to just hand me over this money to go instead of wanting to go and buy stuff for themselves. I cannot explain, I can't, there are no words. I'm just, I'm so grateful. She is a sweetheart, I mean this girl, she helps me more than I help her at times."

 Before Allred knew it, New Mexico State Police Officers were among the many stopping by helping them reach a total of $568.10.

The family turned to social media expressing their gratitude saying, "From the bottom of our hearts, Kaden's family would like to deeply thank each & every person that stopped by! Tears were shed on more than one occasion."

There will be a bake sale on Saturday, June 11 at Hastings on Turner St. from 2 to 4 p.m.

If you would like to help Kaden get to surgery in Houston on July 19, you can follow this link to his GoFundMe page.