Lemonade is a drink made of water, sugar, and lemon. It also serves as an opportunity to help a boy see the world.
On Sunday, 9-year-old Grayson Roberts set up a lemonade stand in Sarasota to raise money and visit places he’d never seen before.
It was a tough road for Grayson, but he traveled from California to Sarasota to turn his lemons into lemonade.
His pop-up lemonade stand in a Sarasota neighborhood is getting a lot of attention and the community is quenching their thirst for a cause.
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“It’s great and I’m glad that everyone is supporting me,” Grayson said. “We still have a lot of things to do here and I’m very excited.”
Grayson and his mother traveled 2,500 miles from the west coast of the country to the west coast of Florida to serve his “Limitless Lemonade” and check out the most popular destinations in the Sunshine State.
He wants to go to the Kennedy Space Center and swim with the manatees during his stay.
However, his vision is failing. He has had 32 surgeries and five cornea transplants since birth.
His goal is to travel to as many places as possible before the vision he left behind disappears.
“It started organically,” said Terica Roberts, Grayson’s mother. “We have a lemonade stand. He had surgery over the summer and was very limited in what he could do. He can’t swim.”
That’s when Grayson and his mother came up with the lemonade stand concept.
“Just to get him out and be hopeful for the future,” said Terica Robert. “I said ‘Let’s do a lemonade stand’ for future travel.”
Molly Whalen organized the event and surprised Grayson with a $1,000 check from Taylor Morrison, a Sarasota homebuilder.
Whalen saw Grayson’s story on TikTok and helped with a generous invitation to stay at his Airbnb and visit the destinations of his choice.
“I told them ‘If you want to see the number one beach in America come to Sarasota and you can stay at my Airbnb’ and they kept me going,” Whalen said.
Grayson is grateful for the opportunity and continues to turn his lemons into lemonade. “Don’t stop,” Grayson said. “You are infinite.”