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Walnut Creek Elementary students, staff raise more than $6,600 for classmate with cancer

Penny Wars at Walnut Creek Elementary

Walnut Creek Elementary students and staff wanted to sprinkle the Gehring family with love after 2nd grader Emma Gehring received news that growth has occured with her brain tumor.

The school held a Penny War starting September 9 through September 13 where students had the opportunity to donate money to the Gehrings on behalf of their grade level. The grade level to collect the most points were promised a donut party, possibly with Emma in attendance. 

KETV interviews the Gehring family

(KETV interviews the Gehring family and gets their reaction about the Penny Wars fundraiser)

By Thursday September 12, the school had raised more than $3,000. KETV News Channel 7 came to the school to talk to the Gehring family and classmates about the Penny Wars. After the story aired at 10 p.m., the school saw a surge in donations.

By the end of the day on September 13, the school had collected $6,623.88. The Walnut Creek 5th graders pulled out the win collected $60,294 points, which means they will win the donut party. 

 Excerpt of KETV article:

A Papillion La Vista student is spending the beginning of her school year in a hospital.

KETV Newswatch 7 introduced you to Emma Gehring six years ago. Then, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor at 7 months old. 

Doctors told her parents the tumor would stop growing in her 20s. That means, Emma fights for her life every day. 

September is childhood cancer awareness month. Emma's family said 1 in 250 children are diagnosed with cancer. But they know they’re not alone.

There’s an empty seat inside a second grade classroom at Walnut Creek Elementary School in Papillion. It belongs to Emma."

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