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Lemonade Day entrepreneur Matthew Noel will continue to donate

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For twelve-year-old Matthew Noel Lemonade Day has not only become a day of learning entrepreneurship, but also acts of continuous giving.

Noel has raised over $7,000 with the help of sponsors, surpassing last years total of $4,600. For the second consecutive year Noel is donating the money he has raised to the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research and the Cure RTD Foundation. 

These charities are dear to his heart. His youngest cousin has riboflavin transporter deficiency, a life shortening genetic disorder. 

"I encourage kids to do this in the future to do Lemonade Day, just to help out the community and to have fun it's a great learning experience for everyone," Noel said.

"This money is not only incredible but directly helpful to the families that need it so it's really impressive that someone who we have this kind of relationship with at his age is this involved and wants to help this much," Wes Dotson, Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research, said.

Noel says he plans to continue participating in future lemonade days and will donate his earnings as long as he can.

(Press Release)


WHO: Lubbock Lemonade Day Follow Up Story

WHAT: Matthew Noel to present 2 charitable checks totaling over $7k 

WHERE: 2902 18th St, Lubbock, TX 79410 on the TTU campus next door to the College of Education


WHY: Because young Lemonade Day entrepreneurs get 'spend/save/sharing' their profits more than most of us!

The Lemonade Day lesson of spend/save/sharing your profits normally comes so easy to young entrepreneurs. Twelve-year-old Matthew Noel, 2017 Lemonade Day Entrepreneur of the Year exemplifies that lesson. Having been at this lemonade business a while, Matthew took his game to a whole new level last year when he raised and donated over $4,600 for the Texas Tech Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research from his small business. Noel continued his successful business model as part of 2018 Lemonade Day and has some significant checks to present today.

Raising and earning a total donation of $7,264.28, Matthew accomplished this by garnering sponsors from the Lubbock community to match his donation. One of Noel’s matching sponsors included Lemonade Day Sponsor and Board Member Reagor Dykes Auto Group. Matthew also plans to save some of his profits to cover his business expenses for next year’s Lemonade Day stand and invest in his future collegiate endeavors.

Noel is donating to the Cure RTD Foundation because his cousin, Julia, nearly died at 9 months old and was diagnosed with this rare disease at 2 years old. Riboflavin Transporter Deficiency (RTD) is a life-shortening, neurodegenerative genetic disorder that often affects children. RTD affects the motor and sensory nerve cells in the spinal cord and brainstem, which robs a person of the ability to see, move, hear, walk, eat and breathe.

The Cure RTD Foundation is a Texas based charity dedicated to funding research to find new treatments for this neurodegenerative genetic disorder. The foundation also provides families and physicians with support and guidance. Noel’s cousin was only the 60th person in history to be diagnosed with RTD, but as a result of advances in genetic testing and research, more known cases of RTD are being found. More information can be found at http://curertd.org/.

Noel will donate the other part of his gift to the Burkhart Center at Texas Tech again because of his passion for educating the public about autism and helping to advance research on the disorder. The Burkhart Center strives to increase the quality of life for those living with autism and their families by conducting research, providing services and preparing educators. More information can be found at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/burkhartcenter/.

By splitting his total donation in half, Noel will give equal contributions to both his charities of choice. He plans to donate $3632.64 to the Burkhart Center and $3632.64 for the Cure RTD Foundation.

Noel plans to present his donations to the Burkhart Center and the Cure RTD Foundation this afternoon at 4:15 p.m. at the Texas Tech Burkhart Center located at 2902 18th St., Lubbock, TX, 79409.

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