A 7-year-old in Alabama is serving lemonade to help raise funds for her upcoming brain surgeries.
Liza Scott set up the lemonade stand at Savage Bakery, an establishment owned by her mom.
Per Liza’s fundraiser page, Liza’s Mightycause, the girl suffered a Grand Mal seizure on the morning of January 30, 2021.
“Our lives and hearts were turned upside down,” the page, created by her mom, Elizabeth Scott, noted.
“Neurologists and Neurosurgeons at Children's in Birmingham uncovered multiple cerebral malformations in Liza's brain that require immediate attention to prevent further seizure, possible bleeding or hemorrhage, or stroke,” it explained.
It added: “In most every instance of these rare malformations doctors only see one malformation — in Liza’s case she has 3.”
“She has three cerebral malformations,” Scott explained to WIAT.
“One is what they call a schizencephaly. So it’s a cleft in the frontal lobe in the right side of her brain, and we think that’s what’s causing the seizures,” she said.
Per the page, the second is a Parietal Arteriovenous Malformation (or an aneurysm), while the third is a Dural Arteriovenous Fistula (DAVM), otherwise known as a “very rare vascular condition where abnormal connections (fistulas) are made between branches of arteries and veins.”
Liza and her mother are set to fly to Boston Children’s for multiple brain surgeries; her first one is scheduled for March 8, 2021.
“I can’t handle it. So, I hope I make it,” Liza said. “My mom keeps saying I’m going to, but I feel like I’m not.”
“From the start Liza has taken the lemons thrown her way and shown us all that adding a little Zest to life is what making Lemonade is all about,” according to the page.
At the time of this post, donations have reached $43,000 of the $50,000 goal.
While Scott purchased additional insurance to help pay for the surgeries, travel and hotel costs have added up and are already nearing $10,00 in out-of-pocket expenses, the outlet noted.
The donations will help with the “overwhelming additional expenses, time away from work, and additional resources needed.”
“As a single mom and the financial supporter of both of my children, this is not something you can budget for,” Scott, who is also a mother to a three year old, said.