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Boy celebrates birthday by raising money for friend with leukemia

Boy celebrates birthday by raising money for friend with leukemia
Boy celebrates birthday by raising money for friend with leukemia
Posted at 11:00 PM, May 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-13 23:00:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Fisher Powell is an ordinary boy celebrating his birthday in a not so typical way. Fisher told his family and friends he didn't want the day to be about him. He wanted to focus on Paeton Cheeseborough, a friend who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.

Fisher says, "I thought of one person that is missing a lot of fun stuff we get to do at school and I really want her not to have to miss that next year."

Paeton knows Fisher from school, but for the next several months, she'll be absent because she's undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

For Powell's 11th birthday, he wanted to help Paeton and her family. He started a GoFundMe and asked people to donate to it as his birthday present. He also hosted an exercise fundraiser at BodyTrac Health & Fitness.

He says, "After that we would have this place at my moms gym where we would do workouts and you could pay, you could also get a raffle ticket, or you could get all this candy behind me."

Everyone is hitting the ground running, or rather, hitting the treadmill running at this event. Every push up, sit up, and lap brings this group one step closer to helping the Cheeseborough family through leukemia treatments.

Fisher set his birthday goals high, hoping to raise $1,000 on Paeton's GoFundMe. As of Sunday afternoon, he's up to $835.

Fisher says, "My mom got a text saying that literally they cried because it was so nice of me. I think that's amazing." Almost as amazing as what he's doing for Paeton.

Jennifer Powell, Fisher's mom, says, "Because this little girl has been diagnosed with leukemia he said 'mom, let's do something special this year' and I couldn't be more proud."

Fisher is giving a little girl facing a huge challenge the gift of hope and support.