By: Malique Rankin

HOMEWOOD, Ala. — A 7-year-old girl from Alabama needed to undergo brain surgery to help fix three malformations that have been causing Grand Mal seizures.

So Liza Scott took her health into her own hands, creating a special lemonade and selling it at a stand inside of a Homewood bakery to help pay the cost of her medical care.

Liza was recently diagnosed with a disorder called schizenchephaly, or a cleft in the frontal lobe in the right side of her brain, WIAT reported.

Each glass of lemonade will help pay for Liza’s surgeries.

Between her lemonade stand and her Mighty Cause fundraiser campaign, she has raised more than $256,000 to help offset the cost of the surgery.

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.”

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.

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