A 7-year-old girl sells lemonade to raise money for her life-saving brain surgery.
Liza Scott, an adorable 7-year-old girl, set up a lemonade stand to help her parents raise money for her brain surgery, NewsnerÂ reports. The brave little girl knew her life-saving operation would cost a fortune, so she decided to help her mom and dad in such difficult times.
Lizaâs mom Elizabeth Scott, 41, from Alabama,Â toldÂ Today:
âShe just said she wanted to go to the bakery and start selling lemonade to help her get her surgeries. I just said, âWell thatâs fine. You can go set up your lemonade stand,â not really thinking it would amount to much.â
The little girl has three brain malformations, and she needs surgeries to survive.
One night, about a month ago, Lizaâs mother found her gasping for air. She first thought her child was having a nightmare, but it turned out Liza was having seizures. Elizabeth explains:
âWith more testing, they determined it was not just irregular brain activity, that there was actually something more serious.â
However, the doctors were unsure of the exact cause that triggers the seizures. Scott adds that they will find out only after they treat the vascular malformations.
Tragically, the child suffers not one but three brain malformations â a schizencephaly, a parietal arteriovenous malformation, and a dural arteriovenous fistula. Since there are only a few specialists who can perform the surgeries she needs to live, she and her parents will have to keep traveling to Boston Childrenâs Hospital from her home in Alabama. Unfortunately, the insurance Scott has is not enough to cover all the costs.
When Liza found out her family needs to raise money for her surgeries, she decided to help.
At only 7-years-old, Liza was aware enough to know how difficult it would be for her parents to cover the costs during her visits to the hospital. So, she decided to set up a lemonade stand and raise money to help them.
Her mother encouraged her and built the lemonade stand, where little Liza sells a glass of the refreshing drink for 25 cents. Elizabeth also created a Mighty CauseÂ page raising donations for her girl. Surprised by all the support she receives online, she shares:
âIt just keeps pouring in. Thatâs just an unbelievable amount of love and support. There arenât even words. Itâs hard to wrap your head around it.â
Kindhearted donators helped the family raise over $380,000. Meanwhile, the courageous little girl raised $15,000 in cash while selling lemonade. Her grateful mother says:
âWeâre excited for her and weâre sharing her success with her but we also want this to be a learning opportunity to understand grace and kindness. She definitely feels special. Sheâll have ongoing medical care for years because sheâll have to have MRIs and angiograms, and medication for the long haul. We have a long road ahead but weâre going to fight it and do what we have to do to make sure we stay well.â
With some of the extra money the family raised, they will try to help other families who need financial support with their childrenâs medical care. Elizabeth adds:
âLiza loves to help others. We would love to be able to help other families in our shoes â once weâre past the big hurdles.â
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