Liza Scott is a young girl from Alabama who started a lemonade stand to raise money for the three brain surgeries doctors decided she needed after she suffered a grand mal seizure.

Scott’s mother also started an online fundraising campaign to pay for the medical expenses and the effort has far exceeded the family’s expectations.


She is 7 years old.

Liza Scott Lemonade Stand

Scott launched her lemonade stand at Savage’s Bakery in Homewood, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham. Her grandfather and mother own the bakery.

As Scott explained to WIAT-TV reporter Malique Rankin, cups of lemonade cost 25 cents each. She also sold cookies and candy canes for $1 apiece.

Scott said she launched this entrepreneurial endeavor because she needs three brain surgeries.

When explaining why she had added cookies and candy canes to her lemonade stand, Scott told Rankin, “I like to just have them extra to just make sure that I get enough money to have, you know, surgeries.”

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According to the local outlet, Scott’s lemonade stand fundraiser had started to attract broader attention when Rankin interviewed her on February 25.

The online campaign had raised about $6,000 at that point.

But Scott’s story has since gone viral. Within four days, the fundraiser had brought in more than $250,000. WIAT-TV reported the Scotts have also received more than $10,000 in cash.


Scott’s life was drastically altered on January 30 when she suffered a grand mal seizure. According to the Mayo Clinic, this type of seizure “causes a loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions” and is caused by “abnormal electrical activity throughout the brain.”

Mother’s Statement

Elizabeth Scott told WIAT-TV she acquired additional health insurance to pay for her daughter’s three brain surgeries. The operations are taking place at Boston Children’s Hospital.

She said the family had initially expected to pay at least $10,000 out-of-pocket for extra medical expenses, travel costs, and to pay for a hotel in Boston.

Elizabeth Scott started the fundraiser to cover those costs but said she never expected it to blow up the way it did. “I live paycheck to paycheck like a lot of Americans do.

I have never had that much money to consider paying a bill with,” Elizabeth Scott told WIAT-TV. “It’s been overwhelming, but amazing. It’s kind of allowed me to step away from some of the emotions… I never expected any of this. America is really, really great.”

Elizabeth Career

According to her LinkedIn account, Elizabeth Scott has been running the bakery with her father since 2018.

Prior to going into business with her father, Elizabeth Scott co-founded an organization called Cohn’s Culinary & Hospitality Management Academy in Washington, D.C.

The group’s website explained that the academy served to “educate, empower and develop the youth and young adults in the District of Columbia as the next generation of culinary and restaurant professionals and entrepreneurs.” The organization shut down in September 2018, according to Open Corporates.

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