Boy raises nearly $9000 for sick baby brother selling lemonade

Andrew Emery.
Andrew Emery. Photo credit: Facebook/Team Dylan

A boy from South Carolina has raised nearly US$6000 (NZ$8657) to help pay his baby brother's medical bills by running a lemonade stand.

Nine-year-old Andrew Emery set up shop outside a used truck dealership selling cups of lemonade and T-shirts that say #teamdylan, the Index Journal reports.

Alongside clothing and refreshments customers could also by decal stickers or write messages of support on a poster board.

All up he raised US$5860 (NZ$8455) to help his baby brother, who has a rare neurological condition called Krabbe disease.

The disease causes symptoms such as seizures, limb stiffness, and the slowing of mental and motor development. It is often fatal.

Andrew often keeps an eye on the baby as he lies in hospital via Facetime and plans to spend the money he raised on doctors' bills and a teddy bear for the baby.

"I just want to help Dylan," he told the Index Journal. "He's my baby brother."

The young boy's dedication to his brother has inspired the community and now many others have joined in trying to help.

"We're praying for that baby, and I'd do anything in the world to help Andrew," Jeannie Davis, an instructional assistant at Andrew's school told the Index Journal.

Dylan is expected to return home from hospital in Pittsburgh soon and Andrew has big plans for when he arrives.

"I'm going to hug him," he said.