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UPDATE: Guatemala girl has foot surgeries and will start physical therapy

Updated September 13 by Liz Holliday:  You may remember the story of kids in Fort Scott, Kansas selling lemonade to help a Guatemalan child fix her clubbed foot back in May.

Guatamalan missionaries traveled to Kansas to update children at Fort Scott Christian Heights.

Their fundraising efforts helped a young girl they had never met in South America.  Students sold lemonade by taking donations in May to help 10 year old Rosa fix her clubbed foot.

"My mother's a teacher here at the school and she told some of her students about Rosa and through the class some of the kids just jumped on board they said 'hey, we want to help with Rosa - we want to do something about this,'" says Michael Sheat, a Guatemalan missionary.

The students raised $700 for the cause, something that made the kids feel pretty good.

It's been less than five months since the lemonade stand fundraiser helped little Rosa fix her foot.  In that time she's had two surgeries and will begin physical therapy this October.  The hope is that she will begin walking and begin school within the next year.

"She was a shy little girl, she was very timid and scared about the whole thing," says Shead.  "But as she continued the process you see that there is a confidence about her that she became excited about her foot being fixed and that she has an outlook on life that has a future for her."

It's an inspirational story that make the kids in Fort Scott, Kansas want to do more.

"Really happy and surprised that she doesn't have a clubbed foot and I really want to meet her to make friends with her," says Caitlynn Tate, one of the girls who helped raise money for Rosa.  "You should help other people and all, so I just got an idea to maybe just try to find some people with clubbed foots on the Internet, maybe start trying to help them out." 

Most of the kids say they would love a chance to meet Rosa and even made a handmade doll for Shead to take back to Guatemala to give to her.

Shead said he showed the original KOAM story to Rosa's family on the Internet and they were touched by the interest in helping Rosa.

For more information about ASELSI Ministries International visit http://www.aselsi.org/ or visit http://www.reachguatemala.org/.

Updated May 31:  Earlier this week we told you how some Fort Scott students are raising money for a 10 year old Guatemala girl needing surgery to fix bones in her feet.

We've learned that Dr. Matthew Roberts of Miami, Oklahoma has agreed to do the surgery for the girl.  Dr. Roberts does free foot surgery clinics in South America once a year.

Reported May 28, 2012 by Lindsey Henry:  Grabbing a glass of cold lemonade is a great way to stay cool during these warm days.  And some Fort Scott, Kansas kids are making a difference with their lemonade stand.

With a few scoops of ice and a glass of lemonade Fort Scott Christian Heights students Leslie Dobbs, and Caitlynn and Cristian Tate grab the attention of those looking to beat the heat.

"The first guy we got gave us something odd cents and a paper clip - I don't know - might use it for my LEGO men," says Christian.

It started with a story they heard in school.  A 10 year old girl named Rosa from Guatemala was in need of surgery to fix the bones in her feet.  So the kids decided to help out, spending their own summer, selling lemonade and cookies to raise as much money as possible.

"I hope that she gets her foot fixed because I don't want her to lose her foot and have it all backwards because when she walks she's going to cry," Caitlynn says.

During the school year the kids raise $520 dollars in total.  From last weekend alone the lemonade and cookie sale raised $105.

"I think that could break the world record for lemonade selling," Christian says.

The school has also set up a savings account for Rosa at Union State Bank.

"You can donate to the bank or maybe next Saturday if we do (the stand)," Leslie says.

Some that donated say they were impressed by what a little lemonade and a lot of hard work can do.

"It's a lot of work for them but I think it's an excellent thing for them to do," says customer Phil Wenger.

Through Sundays the kids had raised up to $733.

They say they are still looking for a doctor to donate services and time for Rosa.

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