Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) - A young boy battling cancer has a school of support behind him.
Action News Reporter Natalie Jenereski shows us how elementary students at Homer Brink are helping their friend through a tough time.
Abe Freeman is a fifth-grader at Homer Brink Elementary School.
His classmates say he's friendly, and well-liked by just about everyone in school.
But a few months ago, Abe was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of childhood cancer.
"It's so heart wrenching, and if I could take it away from him, I would rather it be me than him," said Abe's grandmother, Karen Freeman.
Abe's teachers held this pancake breakfast to help Abe's family pay for treatment.
"He's always somebody who comes together to help somebody else. He's a kid who's a real leader, and he helps others out, so when I said we all need to help Abe out, everybody came together," said Molly Goosman, Abe's teacher.
"I just wanted to help a friend, and help his family," said Dylan McClammy, a friend of Abe's.
Around 2,000 people showed up to support Abe, and more than $12,000 was raised.
School faculty members shaved their heads at the event to help the students understand what their classmate will be going through.
"We just wanted to support him, let him know that we're all with him through whatever he has to go through, we're going to be there," said Homer Brink Elementary School Principal, Bill Dundon.
"He'll probably have a little less hair, but he'll still be the same," said Jacob Deuel, a friend of Abe's.
Abe is being treated at Golisano Children's Hospital in Syracuse.
The 11-year-old is the youngest of five, and his brother says his energy is what keeps the family strong.
"He's very upbeat, and he doesn't like to cry, he doesn't like people crying around him and stuff like that. He wants to keep it as normal as possible," said Abe's brother, Braden Hughes.
And he has thousands of helping hands on his road to recovery.
In the Town of Union, Natalie Jenereski, WBNG-TV Action News.
If you'd like to help Abe and his family, you can call Homer Brink Elementary School at 786-8244.
You can also e-mail Molly Goosman at firstname.lastname@example.org