7-year-old girl raises $250k by opening a lemonade stand to help fund her own brain surgeries

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7-year-old girl raises $250k by opening a lemonade stand to help fund her own brain surgeries.
7-year-old girl raises $250k by opening a lemonade stand to help fund her own brain surgeries. Courtesy of Elizabeth Scott.

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” – and that’s exactly what a 7-year-old girl did after finding out she had three rare brain malformations.

Liza Scott from Homewood, Alabama, was diagnosed with multiple cerebral malformations which has been causing her to have Grand Mal seizures. Doctors said Liza will need several surgeries to prevent further complications.

Liza sitting up and smiling at the camera.
Liza sitting up and smiling at the camera. Courtesy of Elizabeth Scott.

But Liza didn’t let the news get her down – instead, the 7-year-old opened her own lemonade stand and focused her attention on raising money to fund her own brain surgeries.

Turning Lemons Into Lemonade

“If there is anyone who can take lemons and make it to the most amazing Lemonade ever, it is Liza,” a fundraising page, set up by her mother, Elizabeth Scott, reads.

As of this morning, nearly $250k has been donated to Liza’s Mightycause page. The Scott family has also received over $10,000 in cash donations. They have been offered free flights and free housing for their upcoming trip to Boston Children’s as well. Her mother says the outpouring of support has been nothing short of incredible.

Liza sitting happy with a big teddy bear to make her feel better.
Liza sitting happy with a big teddy bear to make her feel better. Courtesy of Elizabeth Scott.

“You have no idea how loved we feel,” Elizabeth Scott said. “It’s been overwhelming, but amazing. It’s kind of allowed me to step away from some of the emotions. But at the same time, it’s emotional in a different way, because I never expected any of this.”

Elizabeth Scott said being the recipient of so much good has been overwhelming. The donations and well wishes have made for an emotional few days.

“I’m a single mom,” Elizabeth Scott said. “I live paycheck to paycheck like a lot of Americans do. Thank you for loving us, for praying for us, for just being present to see God’s hand in Liza’s life and in her journey.”

Liza’s page can be found on the MightyCause website – “Lemonade for Liza – Zest for Life w/ Brain Surgery”

So, everyone raise your glass of lemonade high, and let’s toast, because this incredible little warrior is going to crush her next obstacle.


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