Meet 6-year old Brady, a young boy in age and a gentleman by heart. Brady is doing what he can to honor his dad's legacy and to keep a promise that he made to his father, "always take care of mom."
Brandon Campbell was a family man who loved his wife and son dearly. He was a businessman who loved taking his wife out on date nights. The date eventually became their Friday night tradition. Not only was Campbell a good husband but also an exemplary father who taught his son everything he knew about life.
Life can be quite brutal at times. Brandon was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer and tragically passed away in July 2019, after a seven-month battle with the disease.
Before Brandon passed away, the father-son made a promise. The duo decided that Brady would set up a lemonade stall to continue their date ritual and little Brady would take his mom Amanda out on a date every Friday. It was their little secret. Brady was really happy with the idea because it not only gave him a way to honor his dad's love for his mom but also helped him in understanding the basics of the business. This was the best way for little Brady to keep his promise of always taking care of mom.
Brady would earn enough money to take his mom out on a date and in this way, they would also be keeping their family's tradition alive. The day after Brandon passed away, Brady opened up the stall. The little man told KDVR, "My dad and I came up with the idea of a lemonade stand to take my mom on a date because I didn't have enough money and I wanted to pay, so I did it."
On his first day, Brady's friends and family visited the stall to support his idea. Soon the stall attracted the attention of a Denver police officer, who called in other first responders. Brady's stall held a board that read, "25 cents or best offer."
According to Amanda, around 75 visitors visited her son's stall and her son was able to raise $244 on his first day. She said, “It was amazing. You could just feel the warmth and energy and such a positive thing in such a tragic time for us. It really lifted our spirits and really made Brady so happy. Brandon was a savvy businessman and wanted to teach Brady all those lessons, and I could just [see] it happening. It made my heart really happy."
The six-year-old plans to take his mom out on a sushi date with ice cream for their dessert. The proud mom believes that this will be their own way of continuing the family tradition. “Maybe we will have our Friday night date night. Brandon and I used to do that. So I think we will start that and take the time to spend that time together," she said.
It's amazing when strangers come forward to support a person during their toughest times. For Amanda and Brady, that person is their neighbor who has set up a "virtual lemonade stand" in the form of a GoFundMe. A small portion of the money raised will go towards Brady and Amanda's date, while the rest will be donated to the Brandon Campbell Memorial Fund at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Colontown, a support group for "colorectal patients, survivors, and caregivers."
Amanda is very happy with the move and believes that through this gesture they will be able to contribute to the purpose, “We are happy through all this, we have brought some awareness. I feel like it gives some purpose to such a tragedy.”