Stepsisters, 9, sell lemonade to help fund their baby sister’s medical expenses. Here’s how you can help.

Isabella Martinez and Isabella Silva set up shop along East Street in North Attleborough.

It’s not uncommon to see a homemade lemonade stand set up along neighborhood streets during the summer, but few come with a couple of same-named stepsisters looking to help their baby sister.

In North Attleborough, stepsisters Isabella Martinez and Isabella Silva, both 9, are mixing up lemonade this summer on East Street in an effort to help their baby sister Nevaeh, according to WBZ.

“She’s in the hospital because of her heart, and we need some money to afford her surgeries,” Silva told the news station.

Nevaeh, according to a GoFundMe fundraiser, was born with complex medical issues including two holes in her heart – one that should close by itself, but the other causing heart issues. She also was born with a perforated anus, and a fatty mass on her spine that will need to be removed.


As of Wednesday, an update to the fundraiser said that Nevaeh had heart surgery that “seems to have gone well.”

During the time since Nevaeh has been sick, her siblings have been cared for by grandparents as her parents spend time at the hospital.

“Life has been turned upside down not to mention the mental stress on them all,” the fundraiser reads. “The regular bills have fallen behind, the gas and food for the parents while at the hospital has exhausted their money. They were given a parking pass for the garage, but that is the most the hospital can do for them. The rest of the family is doing what we can to help and the baby’s parents have been out of work since she was born.”


As of Thursday afternoon, the campaign had raised $3,660, surpassing the stated goal of $2,500. But more is still needed.

The two stepsisters, meanwhile, say that sometimes people donate to them without buying a lemonade.

“They’re really wonderful girls,” their grandmother, Charlie Perron, told WBZ. “They surprise us every day! It’s all just been them; they never told anyone.” 

Watch the full interview with the stepsisters:

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