On Aug. 31, 9-year-old Liam Doherty organized his second annual lemonade stand. He wasn’t raising funds for a new bike or video game, but to support the research of Jess Kaplan, MD, clinical director of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center.

Liam has Crohn’s disease, an autoimmune disease that attacks the intestines, causing swelling and ulcers. In 2017, he experienced a flare up, making the positive and active young boy feel tired and worn out. His parents, Lauren and Russ Doherty, stressed the need to find ways to turn the experience into something positive.

“Sometimes when life hands you lemons, you have to make lemonade,” says Lauren. That is when the idea was born – Liam would help find a cure for IBD through a lemonade stand.

With support from family, friends and the community – including Canton’s Department of Public Works, Fire Department and Police Department – Liam raised $10,000 this year, bringing his total to more than $18,000. Liam hopes to raise $60,000 by the time he turns 15.

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