12-year-old Mark Rinkel is an extremely dedicated brother.
When Mark found out that his 9-year-old brother had Type I diabetes, he decided that he wanted to help. His brother, Jason, is on a wait list to receive a service dog that would alert him or a family member if his sugar levels drop to an extremely low or high level.
Service dogs are expensive and can cost around $25,000. Heaven Scent Paws, a non-profit organization, has offered to cover most of the cost. Even with the generous donation, the Rinkel family still needs to pay $6,000. Mark wanted to help raise money to help with the costs. He decided to earn money the old-fashioned way — selling lemonade.
His efforts of selling fresh squeezed lemonade have been quite successful. Mark and his friends have raised $3,000 towards the cost of Jason’s service dog. Mark says that he will continue setting up lemonade stands for as long as it takes to raise the $6,000. He wants to exceed the $6,000 goal, so he can help another diabetic child receive a medical assistance dog also.
Mark says that he loves his brother so much and that he doesn’t expect anything in return for helping Jason.