New Mexico

Las Cruces girl starts lemonade stand to help pay for mother's medical expenses

Lemonade Fundraiser

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - Nemiah Martinez is a giver.

When she saw her mother, Paloma Martinez in pain, she said she knew she needed to help.

"Something just came up in my head. I just wanted to help her," Nemiah said. "Why not make a lemonade stand?"

Paloma was recently hospitalized. She is in need of a kidney and pancreas transplant.

"She's very compassionate, when it comes to all that. So it doesn't surprise me at all," Paloma said. "She's just, I don't know. I'm the lucky one."

Paloma needs money to go to the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. She's hoping to get onto the organ transplant list.

"I'm all like, 'well what are you going to do with your money?' She's like 'oh I don't want it for nothing. This is for you so you can go to the Mayo Clinic.'" Paloma said. "I'm like 'no baby, you worked for it, you keep it.' She said 'No mom, I've been wanting to do this so we can get you to the Mayo clinic.'"

Nemiah started the lemonade stand three weeks ago. She's raised more than $1,100. Her goal is $1,600.

"It's really hard for her anytime she gets out of bed, she's struggling, or if she needs help cleaning, I always do it for her," Nemiah said "I just, feel really bad for her, so I just try to do the best I can do for her."

Nemiah said she will continue to sell lemonade every Saturday. Her house is located at 1512 Andrews Drive in Las Cruces. The family has also set up a GoFundMe page for those interested in helping.

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