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Best friends Willow and Raedyn make lemonade

A local family helps a boy with Pfeiffer Syndrome with a fundraiser
Nothing beats the summer heat than having something cool to drink except maybe enjoying it with a best friend. A local family takes lemons and helps turns...
Published: Jun. 22, 2022 at 9:27 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Nothing beats the summer heat than having something cool to drink except maybe enjoying it with a best friend.

A local family takes lemons and helps turns them into lemonade to help out a little boy.

That’s what little Willow Von Krosigk thought when she realized Raedyn Hayz suffered from Pfeiffer syndrome.

She wanted to make sure she did all she could to help.

Willow and Raedyn met when their families went swimming one day; they became fast friends.

But they soon realized their friendship was a unique one.

”He’s special and he’s a sweet little boy all the time,” said Von Krosigk.

Raedyn has a genetic disorder that caused his skull to fuse too early and now needs operations to allow the brain to grow.

To help Raedyn, Willow decided to start a lemonade stand to raise money.

“I wanted to make more money for him, so he can get better and he doesnt have to be sick all the time,” said Von Krosigk.

At 14 months, Raedyn has already undergone 17 operations and will need another major surgery in September.

Even though the family has roots in Cheyenne, they have moved to Denver to be closer to a hospital that can treat his condition.

“We moved for that reason but Wyoming with always have our hearts. Its meant everything to us knowing that we have a home that we can always come back to, and people are always willing to love our family,” said Natasha Hayz, Raedyn’s Mom.

So far, the lemonade stand has raised 500 dollars and local businesses are challenging each other to help out this local family.

Raedyn’s big brother Julian wants people to see how great his brother is when they care to look a little deeper.

“There are different people in the world, and there’s people like him. I just want people to know that they should just never judge a book by its cover. Get to know them before you just start making assumptions,” said Julian Hayz, Raedyn’s brother.

The lemonade stand has finished for now, but the “Rise with Raedyn” cause has several social media platforms, and they are still accepting donations.

Click on the links to find Rise for Raedyn on Facebook, Instagram or TikTok for donations.

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