‘I hope I make it’: 7-year-old Alabama girl selling lemonade to fund her own brain surgeries

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April 29 2021 07:00 pm

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Update (2/28): Over $250,000 has been raised for Liza Scott since CBS 42 shared her story Thursday.

Original (2/25): Savage’s Bakery in Homewood is now serving a new kind of lemonade–a special concoction customers won’t find on their regular menu.

Liza Scott, the 7-year-old daughter of owner Elizabeth Scott, has set up a lemonade stand inside the bakery. Because when life gave her lemons…

She made lemonade.

For her customers, these tasty, thirst-quenching treats are just that. But for Liza, they’re a sign of hope and perseverance in the face of adversity. The proceeds from each glass of lemonade will help fund Liza’s upcoming brain surgeries.

“She has three cerebral malformations,” Scott said. “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 causing the seizures.”

It was less than a month ago that Liza began having Grand Mal seizures. Weeks later, doctors learned this “spunky, loving, fearless, bright, happy girl” has an “extra special brain.”

“In most every instance of these rare malformations doctors only see one malformation — in Liza’s case she has 3,” Scott wrote on Liza’s Mightycause page.

Next week, Liza and her mother will fly to Boston Children’s Hospital for the first of a series of surgeries.

“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.”

Elizabeth Scott says she’s still processing this reality and is leaning on her faith to stay strong.

“You know, in the moments that I feel like I can’t breathe, or I’m awake in the night and I can’t sleep, I pray,” she said. “I’m on my hands and knees, literally, praying.”

Elizabeth Scott purchased additional insurance to help pay for Liza’s brain surgeries. But with travel and hotel costs heaped on top of medical expenses, the family is already nearing $10,000 in out-of-pocket expenses.

“As a single mom and the financial supporter of both of my children, this is not something you can budget for,” Scott said.

So in addition to selling the tastiest lemonade around, the Scotts are also looking for donations. As of Thursday afternoon, they have reached nearly $6,000. If you would like to help donate to Liza’s fund, click here.

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