On July 25, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. the Kendrick Tinkler family will host a Lemonade for Livy stand next to Family Dollar in Great Bend. Lemonade for Livy was created by Livy’s Hope, an organization whose mission is to support children with medical needs and their families. All proceeds will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation (www.epilepsy.com) and their goal to find a cure for epilepsy. The intent of the campaign is to turn the country purple (the color of epilepsy awareness) by holding at least one lemonade event in each state.
Lemonade for Livy was inspired by nine year old Olivia Scheinman who has had severe epilepsy since birth. Although she cannot walk or talk, she has incited a movement of children and families coming together from around the United States to raise money for epilepsy research. Her twin sister Hailey leads the charge from Clearwater, Fla. and motivates people to get involved through her Facebook videos (facebook.com/LivysHope). Hailey says, “I will do anything to help Livy and I think everything is possible if you believe in it. We need a cure so my sister and everyone else with epilepsy can live in peace.”
The Kendrick Tinkler family is holding a stand because Kendrick was diagnosed with Epilepsy when he was six years old. His epilepsy is fairly well controlled with medication, plenty of rest, a good routine and keeping his stress under control. However Kendrick knows that he is very blessed that his is controllable. He also knows that some are not that fortunate. And he would like to do all that he can to support finding a cure, so that others may live life to the fullest.
Lemonade for Livy is about working as a team to bring hope to those with epilepsy and their families. It is about making a difference in the lives of others and inspiring change. Groups from across the country will work as one, speaking with a unified voice, to make significant progress toward finding a cure.
Epilepsy is a disorder that affects more than three million people in the United States and 65 million people worldwide. 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy over the course of their life. The disorder affects more people than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s combined yet receives fewer federal dollars per patient than each of these.
For more information about the Kendrick’s Lemonade for Livy stand, contact Sonja Sewing at 620-603-0899 or Clinton Sewing at 620-282-3373 or Darren Tinkler at 620-639-8886.
For information about Livy’s Hope, visit www.LivysHope.com