Friday, June 27, 2014

Add This to Your 4th of July To-Do List: Buy a Glass of "Super Joey Lemonade"

Joey Holt

The Cayton Family
The Highlands Middle School Odyssey Team will host a lemonade stand in front of the Fort Thomas Women's Club at 8 North Fort Thomas Ave (near Subway) starting at 9 a.m. on the 4th of July. A 16 ounce cup of Super Joey Lemonade can be purchased for $1. Super Joey Holt is a seventh grader at HMS and a member of the Odyssey Team.

He has a rare disease called Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, a cancer-like disease, (www.histio.org) that affects 5 in 1,000,000 people. His white blood cells ate his hip bone in 2012 causing him to need a bone graft. Doctors weren't sure if he'd ever walk again but after four months in a wheelchair and a lot of physical therapy he is able to run, walk and ride a bike like normal kids. However, he still suffers with unexplained chronic pain from time to time that can last weeks at a time. There is no known cause or cure. Very little research is done on Histio because it is considered rare and doesn't have the funding other diseases have.

The money raised at the lemonade stand will be donated to Cincinnati Children's Hospital for Histio research.
The 2014 Team Super Joey T-shirt can be ordered at the lemonade stand as well. Shirts cost $15 each and will be delivered in August. A few of last year's Team Super Joey T-shirts will be available to buy at the booth for $10 each.  Proceeds from the shirts will also go to Histio research.

Information about Histio will be available at the booth. More info about Histio and Joey's story can be found here http://raising2tweens.wordpress.com/category/lch/.

The lemonade stand started as an idea by the grandmother of three of the Odyssey teammates (picture attached). The support Joey receives from the Odyssey families and the community is unbelievable.

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