Pearland 11-year-old honored for raising money for boy’s fight with leukemia

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PEARLAND –  After high-fiving, these two may look like longtime friends, but Emma Schall and Gavin Abdelmessih only recently became acquainted.

That’s because Emma raised $1200 in Gavin’s fight against cancer just a few months ago.

Gavin’s father, Sam Abdelmessih, said, “What Emma did is amazing and it shows what one person can do.”

Gavin was diagnosed with leukemia in July of 2015.

Sam said, “We spend at least three days a week, you know, doing things that have to with his treatment, whether it be driving for physical therapy, picking up meds or going to the hospital.”

On Saturday, the family was raising more money and awareness for their fight against pediatric cancer at Centennial Park in Pearland.

Mayor Tom Reid was on hand to give a certificate of recognition to Emma for her efforts.

“That’s amazing and raising funds like that from knocking on doors is something very special,” Reid said.

“Well, I had family members that had cancer and it’s just not really great to see and you really want it to go away and I just wanted to make a difference for that little boy,” Emma said.

Gavin’s mother added, “It was something so touching for someone to do that who hadn’t known Gavin for very long. She’s truly special. She has a special heart.”

The shirt Gavin wore on Saturday summed it all up; “Cancer can’t beat this superhero.”

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