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Cancer survivor, just 8 years old, starts lemonade stand to benefit his local police department

A cancer survivor, just 8 years old, starts lemonade stand to benefit his local police officers. (Image source: WDAF-TV screenshot)

He's only 8 years old, but his heart is already full of love for his community's best.

Brecken Simmons, a cancer survivor from Blue Springs, Missouri, set up a lemonade stand in his community over the weekend to support his local police department.

The reason? "I just try to do whatever I can to help out. Just do whatever I can to help out in our community," he told KMBC-TV.

What are the details?

Brecken hatched his big idea after he noticed that a lot of cars drive by his house, which sits on a busy road, according to WDAF-TV. So he decided to take advantage of the potential clientele to raise money for the Blue Springs Police Department.

The price per cup? Whatever patrons can spare.

Brecken said his goal is to show appreciation for those who protect his community.

"It's a good thing to do for the Blue Springs Police Department because they'll stop what they're doing and come out to help people if they're in serious trouble," Brecken told WDAF. "They do a lot of stuff to help us, and they just do a lot. They should deserve this. They should get a break."

Before the stand even opened for business on Saturday, Brecken had already raised more than $12 — which he said was not enough.

"I already have $12 and something, something cents. My mom asked me if I wanted to stop and turn it in. I said I need to continue and get more money because $12 is not enough," he said.

What did Brecken's parents say?

Scott Simmons, Brecken's father, praised his son's entrepreneurial spirit.

"I think it's great. We've tried to teach generosity to him and his older brother. It's nice when a kid has their own idea and is allowed to do that on their own," he said.

What did the police department say?

Officer Jacoba Jacobsen told WDAF:

I fully expect this from a kid like Breken. Doing something for the community and doing something to help others. I think it`s a great way to show other children in the community that they can make a difference by giving out some good will. Doing it with just a glass of lemonade is a great way to show that we all can band together and enjoy some positivity in our life.

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