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Teen Starts Ice Pop Business to Help Sick Mom Pay Rent: ‘It’s My Turn to Take Care of Her’

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A California 10th grader with $20 in his pocket, a handwritten sign, and a selfless ambition started selling handmade ice pops outside his high school to raise funds for rent, food, and a motorized wheelchair for his mother. Thanks to an outpouring of community support, Kevin Giovanni Esparza has since raised over $5,000. Kevin’s mom, Maria Esparza, 48, cannot work owing to arthritis and diabetes; she also has a medical condition that inflicts pain in “multiple places at once,” as Kevin describes it. “What inspired me is my mom, because she always told me that she had a dream of me buying her a house and a car,” Kevin, 14, told The Epoch Times. “I want to complete her dream.” Kevin’s mom is especially dear to his heart. He was born prematurely at just five months gestation, and his father left the family. The teen boy has been a true filial …

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