9-year-old Greenfield boy has yard sale to raise money for diabetes research

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9-year-old Greenfield resident Brandon Gent is a young child hoping to make a big difference.

He told 22News that he wants to have a lemonade stand and a yard sale to raise money. Not for a new bike or anything for himself, but to help find a cure for juvenile Diabetes.

Now 9-years-old, Brandon was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 6. He told 22News about some of the challenges he deals with on a daily basis.

“Having seizures and keeping my blood sugar perfectly so I don’t go too low or too high,” said Brandon.

Despite the challenges Brandon faces he says he has great support from his family. Especially from his twin brother Christopher.

“He won’t get through these hard times without someone helping him so that’s where I come in,” said Christopher.

Looking to help others with his condition, Brandon held a yard sale and lemonade stand Sunday morning to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.

“I hope they find a cure, I’m trying to raise as much money as I can, so they can have money to get better medical equipment,” he said.

Brandon is on a mission to raise $1,000 for JDRF. He raised $200 in less than two hours Sunday morning.

The family is asking anyone to come and help by having a cup of lemonade, or buying a 50 cent item to help find a cure.

Brandon and Christopher’s father Phil Gent told 22News, “It makes me so proud to have a child that is passionate about something other than himself, Christopher as well. I’m very proud, beyond words.”

The money raised Sunday will go toward the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund walk at Six Flags in October.

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