Boys become entrepreneurs to save cat

Published: August 1, 2006 | 4540th good news item since 2003

A lemonade stand that four Copley Township boys operated Monday wasn’t just to help folks beat the heat.

They were trying to save a life.

Brian Horning, 9, said his cat Ellie needs surgery for a tumor on her back.

So he and his friend Jonathan DeLapa, 12, came up with an idea to raise money for the medical costs.

A table set up with an umbrella and sign in front of 4401 Conestoga Trail attracted a lot of visitors. The sweltering temperature and detour on nearby Ridgewood Road didn’t hurt, either.

Brian, Jonathan and two friends have pulled in $150 so far, selling lemonade for 50 cents and pop and water for a buck.

Brian’s mom, Barb Horning, said she might be able to afford that surgery with the boys’ help.

The veterinarian estimated that total medical costs would be about $750, she said.

Barb Horning said she helped the boys with supplies, but the idea was completely theirs. Meanwhile, Jonathan’s mom, Terri DeLapa, acted as their public relations agent, calling the media.

Another volunteer seller, Matt Triola, 11, admitted: “It’s a boiling hot day. But, why not. I like the cat.”

And Jacob Schott, 12, chimed in that Ellie “is cute and friendly” and worth saving.

The next lemonade sale might be Thursday, Barb Horning said.

While Ellie’s caretakers rallied support for her, she basked inside where it was air conditioned.

Once healthy, she’s expected to be back to her normal routine of lurking about the neighborhood.

Published in Animals, Kids & Teens, Values
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