‘Mustache Gang’ Launches Lemonade Stand at Rockwall’s Rib Rub to Support Charity – Blue Ribbon News
ROCKWALL, TX (October 1, 2021) Rain or shine – when you visit Rib Rub in downtown Rockwall tomorrow, be on the lookout for The Mustache Gang selling lemonade, chewing gum, and snacks for Team Gleason, an ALS charity.
The Mustache Gang is a local initiative created by students at Reinhardt Elementary that began when two young boys, Cooper and Harris Campbell, decided to open a lemonade and chewing gum stand. Their idea quickly turned into something more – and with great purpose.
The Mustache Gang’s mission is to sell lemonade and snacks to raise funds for different charitable causes, donating 50% of the net proceeds of each event to their designated charity for that month or event. Each pop-up booth can focus on a different charity and will be promoted at that time.
“We realized that we had so much to give to different charities. After all, mom and dad met through a philanthropic organization, Team in Training, which raises funds for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Both grandmothers died of Alzheimer’s disease. We lost a grandfather to lung cancer. One of our grandmothers had two different lung cancers as well as brain cancer. A best friend with ALS. So many other friends and family who have battled so many serious illnesses, ”the Campbell family said.
“We are ‘mustache’ you to help us.”
In honor of their friend Darci, the first beneficiary is the Gleason team, which is committed to improving the lives of people living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) by providing innovative technology and equipment, as well as by providing and enhancing an enhanced life experience.
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is a progressive neurological disease that causes motor neurons to die, causing muscle weakness and eventually the inability to move muscles. Currently, ALS is considered incurable and terminal.
I was diagnosed with ALS in May 2018 at the age of 38. My symptoms started with weakness and muscle wasting in my right hand. Now at 41 both hands are affected and I have general muscle weakness throughout my body. More recently, my upper legs and core are weakening. I need help and functional aids for some daily tasks. Prior to the diagnosis, I was healthy and active, playing soccer, teaching physical education, and running half marathons. I am married and have a 13 year old son. We live in the suburbs of Houston, TX.
When asked which ALS organizations to support, the Gleason team was at the top of my list. Started by former NFL player Steve Gleason, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011, their mission is “to improve the lives of people living with ALS by providing innovative technology and equipment, as well as by providing and promoting an enhanced life experience ”. (taken from https://teamGleason.org)
The Gleason team supports PALS (people with ALS) with communication devices, home automation, equipment and more. They also provide PALS and their families with “adventures” and vacations.
I must personally thank the Gleason team for my portable power wheelchair, which I received free of charge. I also “banked” my voice (for use with a communications device in the future) with technology supported by the Gleason team. To have this organization to help alleviate some of the financial burden for me and my family, while providing us with equipment and ongoing assistance, is such a blessing.
Thank you for your support!
Blue Ribbon News staff report. Photos submitted.
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