Lemonade stands sweet way to fight epilepsy

LIBERTY — It started with a little lemonade and then grew into a family-day picnic, all designed to raise funds for the National Epilepsy Foundation.

David Moamis of Liberty, who has battled epilepsy since childhood, said the National Epilepsy Foundation started an annual “Lemonade Stand for Livy.”

The effort raises epilepsy awareness and supports the Epilepsy Foundation’s work to stop seizures, find a cure and save lives through lemonade stands and parties. The campaign brings people from around the world together to give hope to those with epilepsy and their families, according to the organization’s website.

The event occurs yearly and continues to grow in size and impact. While the last weekend of July is the official weekend, people can hold an event anytime.

Moamis held his event at the New Life Lutheran Church in Liberty and it was attended by more than 140 people.

“This is held nationwide for the foundation. We did a cookout with the lemonade. Donations were received from local businesses for the basket raffle,” said Moamis, who was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 3.

He said while many events include a lemonade stand, others have expanded to include more.

In addition to the lemonade events, there is also a Walk for Epilepsy held each year to raise money.

”I was very happy with the turnout and all the support. The money will help families in need and also with research for a cure,” Moamis said, noting his family helped with setting up different activities held inside and outside the church.

The 12th National Walk for Epilepsy is set for April 14.