Homewood, Alabama – Liza Scott, a 7-year-old girl, opened a lemonade stand at Mom’s bakery last summer to buy herself something like toys and sequined high heels. The cheerful little girl is still running her business a few months later, but the money is spent on something completely different: she has brain surgery.
Last month, doctors determined that the series of seizures that Lisa began to suffer from was caused by brain defects that needed repair, her mother, Elizabeth Scott, said. The little girl, always ready to help, decided to raise money for her upcoming operation.
Located next to the cash register of Savage’s Bakery in the Birmingham suburbs, her stand of hot pink and yellow wooden crates offers quarter-dollar lemonade plus other treats. But people pay a lot more when they find out about her health condition.
“I have $ 20, $ 50, $ 10, $ 5 and $ 100,” Lisa calculated her cashier on Tuesday.
Lisa was still in the hospital after two severe attacks when she came up with an idea for a stand, her mom said.
“I told her you shouldn’t do this,” says Elizabeth Scott. “I am a single mother, I take care of my children myself.” But Lisa was persistent: her small stand made over $ 12,000 in a few days – almost all from donations.
Despite the good insurance coverage, Elizabeth Scott quickly realized that she would still have to bear other “rather exorbitant” expenses. Therefore, she also organized an online fundraiser.
“Just one week in hospital and ambulance travel is more than my monthly salary, and that’s without surgery and travel expenses,” she said. “I cannot finance everything myself, and we have a business to support.”
Friends, family, and others touched by Lisa’s story have already donated over $ 300,000.
The cheerful little girl who loves Barbie dolls and lemonade showed no signs of serious health problems until January 30th.
“She had a severe seizure at 5 am and it lasted about 45 minutes,” recalls Elizabeth Scott. Another one happened a few hours later. It took several days before tests showed that Lisa had three malformations that provoked seizures.
Lisa is now admitted for treatment at Boston Children’s Hospital, where Dr. Ed Smith, a neurosurgeon, and Dr. Darren Orbach, a radiologist, will be part of a team scheduled for surgery on Monday. The family flew to Boston on Thursday.
Lisa said she enjoys helping with her kiosk, where she makes lemonade and puts donations in a large jar: “It’s better than just begging.”
Temporarily not attending school due to her condition, the girl spends a lot of time at the bakery, running the counter and playing with her dolls.
She tries not to think too much about what she calls “her brain thing.”
A source: NYP