Photo: Nemiah Martinez (GoFundMe)

Kids selling lemonade on the sidewalk is just about the most innocent and joyful thing I can think of, but for one girl in Las Cruces, New Mexico, it’s a lot more serious. Eleven-year-old Nemiah Martinez has been selling lemonade as a way to fund a major surgical procedure for her mother.

Martinez’ mother Paloma recently found out that she needed a kidney and pancreas transplant, so young Nemiah took it upon herself to earn the money needed to send Paloma to the Mayo Clinic in Arizona to get on a transplant list and undergo the procedures.

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Martinez has sold lemonade from her garage for the last three weeks and plans to continue until she’s raised the money. Earlier this month, after pulling in over $200 from her lemonade sales (the lemonade costs $1.50 per cup), Martinez launched a GoFundMe campaign that as of today has raised $2,324 of its $650 goal. In the description of her campaign “Helping my mommy raise money,” Martinez wrote:

My mommy has always taken care of me and I want to take care of her…I see how much my mom is struggling and all I want to do is help her, if you see me around town, I hope that you stop by.☺️

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While her mother told Martinez to keep the money she earned from the lemonade stand, Martinez insisted on helping her mother with the bills. It’s sad that an 11-year-old feels like she has to take on so much responsibility, but truly inspiring that she has taken it on with so much grace. Damn.