Ten-year-old Turlock resident McKenzie Bronken held a Lemonade Stand Fundraiser at the corner of Berkeley and La Salle on Sunday, September 16th in efforts to raise money for the JDRF organization to help find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. With the lemonade stand alone, McKenzie raised a total of $1,810.21. Previously, through family and friend donations, McKenzie had raised a total of $1,185.00, bringing the grand total of fundraising to $2,995.21.
“They’re all set and selling lemonade like crazy,” Ali Sowels posted on the TurlockCityNews.com facebook page.
Allsion Estep read the announcement on TurlockCityNews.com and went over to the stand as well.
“Our niece is Type 1 Diabetic also, had to go support this cause,” exclaimed Estep.
McKenzie is donating 100% of the proceeds from the donations and fundraiser to the JDRF organization. She will also be participating as a team captain in the 2012 Sacramento Walk for a Cure event on October 6th.
McKenzie was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2009 when she was six years old.
Founded in 1970, JDRF’s mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. McKenzie’s proceeds from the lemonade stand, which was her idea, will be going towards the research done by JDRF. JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Since its founding, JDRF has awarded more than $1.6 billion to diabetes research.
“I just want to say thank you to everyone that came out [to the lemonade stand], and that I appreciate your donations and support,” stated McKenzie.
McKenzie attends Walnut Elementary School in Turlock. She also stated that when she grows up, she wants to be a pediatric endocrinologist to help other kids who have diabetes.
For more information regarding the JDRF organization and their efforts to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, please visit www.JDRF.org.