In America, children set up lemonade stands to make a few extra bucks that they can spend on treats or other stuff their parents may not buy them.
But this little girl, Na’ama Uzan, who is only 6 years old, has been selling lemonade to raise money for her older brother who has Angelman Syndrome. For the past 18 months, she has raised an astounding $64,000 for the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (FAST).
So what is Angelman’s Syndrome? The FAST website says: “Angelman Syndrome (often abbreviated AS) is a severe neurological disorder characterized by profound developmental delays, problems with motor coordination (ataxia) and balance, and epilepsy. Individuals with AS do not develop functional speech. The seizure disorder in individuals with Angelman Syndrome can be difficult to treat. Feeding disorders in infancy are common, and some persist throughout childhood. Sleeping difficulties are commonly noted in individuals with Angelman Syndrome. AS affects all races and both genders equally. Individuals with Angelman Syndrome tend to have a happy demeanor, characterized by frequent laughing, smiling and excitability.”
On Sunday, Na’ama had some extra special customers.
Taking a break from filming Suicide Squad in Toronto, Canada, Margot Robbie and Jai Courtney dropped by Na’ama’s lemonade stand on John St. where she had specially set up her stand to attract the celebrities.
Jai Courtney told CTV news: “I heard about Na’ama’s story and what she’s doing for her brother Nadav; there’s no act too small when you’re talking about making a difference.”
In 2014, Na’ama started selling lemonade in hopes that all the children with Angelman’s will be able to talk and not have seizures and epilepsy.
Margot Robbie says she used to do lemonade stands when she was a kid, but would spend the money on other things. She told CTV news: “I used to do little stands like this when I was little, and I’d just spend the profits on lollies at the corner store, I’m glad she’s doing something far more noble with the cause.”
Margot Robbie and Jai Courtney may play superheros on-screen, but today they met a real-life hero, who I think really inspired them.
Watch full news report of Margot Robbie and Jai Courtney visiting Na’ama’s lemonade stand: