FROM THE BEGINNING
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 is a day that would change our lives forever. After repeating the sweat test on Cassidy, we sat in the sterile office, colorful butterflies painted on the walls, as one after the other, the Cystic Fibrosis specialists were sent in. Results had confirmed that this heart wrenching diagnosis was true. Amidst the streaming tears, while putting on a happy face for Cassidy so that she knew everything was going to be okay.
In that moment, life had instantly changed as we knew it.
Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects approximately 4000 Canadians. 1 in 25 people are a carrier of the defective gene and both parents need to be a carrier in order to have a 1 in 4 chance of the child being born with Cystic Fibrosis. This is Cassidy. Cystic Fibrosis affects her respiratory and digestive systems by causing the mucus in her body to be very thick and sticky because of the cell confusion of salt and water in her body. She spends hours a day doing respiratory physiotherapy through inhaled medications through a nebulizer, physiotherapy and other vitamins and medications. In the digestive system, this thick sticky mucus prevents the pancreatic enzymes, that are needed to digest food, to exit the pancreas to get to the intestines. Cassidy takes 20-30 pills a day in order to digest food so that she can absorb nutrients and stay healthy. The days often feel long and this is a disease that we wouldn’t wish upon anyone. What keeps us strong is our HOPE in a cure.
CASSIDY’S LEMONADE STAND
In 2013, a few months after her Cystic Fibrosis diagnosis, Cassidy decided she wanted to host a Lemonade Stand to raise money for a cure. On a very cold day in May she set up her driveway in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and waited for customers. By the end of the day she had raised $100 and was delighted. Again in 2014, she held her annual lemonade stand, this time raising $300. She had so much fun visiting with friends and family who came by to support her cause. In 2015, her family had moved to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and she wanted to continue with her annual lemonade stand, even though they didn’t know many people in their new community. Cassidy handed out flyers to her Grade 1 class and to her younger sister, Lucia’s preschool class to invite them to attend. The day of the lemonade stand, Cassidy came home from school, excited to get started. As she prepared the lemonade with her mom and some friends, they looked out the window to see 150 people standing on the driveway, waiting for her lemonade stand to open.
This was the start of something very special!
Cassidy’s Lemonade Stand was official and since than, along with selling lemonade, hosting incredible charity events and sold beautiful merchandise through their online boutique, has raised over $75,000 for Cystic Fibrosis research and advocacy. In 2017, the lemonade stand expanded with a mobile lemonade truck that attends events. To book the Lemonade Truck or to inquire about our organization, please fill out the form on the Contact Us page.