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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- The homemade sign says it all: Buy a drink, help my cat.
Aspen Granath hopes the plea will draw enough customers to her lemonade stand on an Ogden street corner to pay for expensive surgery for her cat, Patches.
The 10-year-old and her 8-year-old brother, Skylar, opened for business a few days ago and say they plan to staff the roadside stand for about four hours a day.
A spinal cord injury left the cat partially paralyzed. The children's father says a veterinarian has recommended amputation of the leg so that Patches can have a more normal life.
The cost of the surgery, medications and other care could run as much as $700.
For thirsty passers-by, the cost of helping out is just $1 for a bottle of water and 25 cents for a packet of powdered lemonade or fruit juice.
Aspen says she'll "do this as long as it takes" because Patches is one of her favorite pets.
If you'd like to help the children and their cat, you can stop by the stand on the side of 36th Street at Monroe Boulevard, directly across from Aultorest Memorial Park. The children are generally out between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Information from: Standard-Examiner
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