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Published August 19, 2013, 08:57 PM

Moorhead girl sets up lemonade stand for disabled and ill children

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV)-- If there is any day to celebrate the benefits of lemonade, we're talking about the next 24 hours. Our heat will be memorable and sometimes unbearable. But for the young Moorhead girl, it means making dreams come true.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - If there is any day to celebrate the benefits of lemonade, we're talking about the next 24 hours. Our heat will be memorable and sometimes unbearable; but for the young Moorhead girl it means making dreams come true.

Seven year-old Addison Loerzel has a lemonade stand that will help wishes come true for disabled and ill children. She knows what that feels like.

In searing heat and humidity, Addison prepared for her entry into the business of non-profit fundraising. It's not your average walk up food and beverage stand; a 7 year-old who lives with Spina Bifida wants to help others in the same boat.

Marisa Loerzel - Addison's Mom: "Throughout her life, I would say she's probably at 8 surgeries and a few hospital stays, but she has never ever been down about it once."

In a few weeks, Addison is headed to Disneyworld courtesy of the Sunshine Foundation, which grants wishes to disabled kids.

Marisa Loerzel: "It will be one of the first trips she has been on a real vacation that didn't involve doctor's appointments."

Addison's trip is covered, but the second grader is hosting the lemonade stand for unselfish, beautiful reasons. That's right; Addison is doing this to raise money for other kids on the waiting list.

Marisa Loerzel : " She loves her life, and she doesn't let her disability slow her down."

Disneyworld, here she comes; A spunky Moorhead girl who cannot wait to meet Cinderella. The two beauties will have dinner together. We all know who the real princess is: The one sitting out in the heat and humidity, selling cupcakes, cookies & lemonade and marketing a whole lot of love.

Marisa Loerzel: "She teaches us there are no limitations and if there are limitations, you bring it on yourself. She is the perfect example that if you want to do something, you just do it."

The 7 year-old sold $700 in lemonade and treats from three until six Monday evening.

You can contribute money to Sunshine Foundation at: www.sunshinefoundation.org or send mail to:

Marisa Loerzel

3432 10 St. S

Moorhead MN, 56560

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