Tennessee child raises money for former principal battling ALS with Kool-Aid stand


ELIZABETHTON, TN (WJHL)- A 10-year-old’s gesture brought a mother to tears in Carter County Sunday afternoon.

Rachel Merryman told us her daugther Kaylee is a fourth grade student at East Side Elementary school in Elizabethton.Related:Virginia girl collects 1,000 Barbies for girls in homeless shelters, foster care

On Sunday, she asked if she could set up a Kool-Aid stand in the front yard.

Once Kaylee made a few dollars, her mother asked what she wanted to do with the money.Related: Ice Bucket Challenge supports East Tennessee man with ALS

Rachel told us she figured she wanted to keep the money for herself, but Kaylee told her she wanted to give all the money she raised to her former principal, Josh Wandell.

Wandell was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2013, and continues to fight the disease. The illness is also known as Lou Gehrigs Disease.

Around 3 p.m. Sunday, Kaylee’s mother said she already had to run back to the store to get more kool-aid because so many people were stopping by to grab a cup and donate to Wandell.

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