Nine-year-old Angel Reyes could have spent his spring break riding his bike or playing video games, but that wasn't what he had in mind.
Reyes' grandfather, 52-year-old Richard Sanchez, was diagnosed with colon and rectal cancer in December 2016, and by February 2017, it had developed to stage three.
This boy turns life's lemons into lemonade
Reyes decided to open a lemonade stand to raise money for his grandfather's treatment. With help from his mother and uncle, Reyes created a big yellow stand with the words "Angel's Lemonade" and "Grandpa's Cancer Fund" painted in bold black letters.
Reyes had so much success that the Las Cruces Police Department showed up to give him a permit in order to keep his business going. Of course they bought some lemonade, too.
Local First Responders Support Angel's Lemonade Stand
Members of the Las Cruces Police Department - including officers, Codes Enforcement and Animal Control officers - joined personnel from the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office, the Las Cruces Fire Department and American Medical Response in supporting Angel's Lemonade Stand on Thursday afternoon.
Angel Reyes, 9, is spending his spring break raising money for his grandfather, 52-year-old Richard Sanchez of Albuquerque, who was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer and is now unable to work.
Reyes set a rather modest goal of raising $100 to help is ailing grandfather. That goal has easily been surpassed but Reyes is still working hard to help a loved family member.
The Las Cruces police and fire departments have tremendous respect for Reyes and wish him and his grandfather nothing but the best. Angel Reyes is another great example of what makes Las Cruces great.
Thank you, Angel. :)
"The Las Cruces police and fire departments have tremendous respect for Reyes and wish him and his grandfather nothing but the best," the police department said in a Facebook post. "Angel Reyes is another great example of what makes Las Cruces great."
Cancer runs in the family
The Sanchez family is no stranger to cancer. This disease is common in their family and took the life of Richard's sister 11 years ago. He tries to be strong, Chasity said, but he is still scared.