- Raheem Sterling will pay for the funeral expenses Damary Dawkins who died of cancer at age 13
- The Manchester City star celebrated the youngster when he scored for England against Czech
- Sterling had supported a campaign to find a suitable stem cell donor for Damary
Raheem Sterling will pay for the funeral expenses Crystal Palace youngster Damary Dawkins, who tragically died of cancer last month.
The Manchester City attacker had supported a campaign to find a suitable stem cell donor for the boy, who was battling acute leukaemia.
Damary underwent a stem cell transplant just before December 25, but relapsed twice in February and unfortunately died in February.
Sterling had visited the youngster in hospital last November and paid tribute to him after scoring in England's 5-0 victory over Czech Republic in March.
The 24-year-old lifted his shirt to unveil a touching picture of them together while celebrating his second goal in the game.
Sterling will attend the service, which will take place in Dagenham on Friday, March 26.
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The Man City ace became close to the youngster and called him "an example to us all" who was "positive until the end".
He said: "Damary was a special young man who touched a lot of lives, including my own."
Damary's father, Tony, said that the player's shirt tribute was "very, very touching".
Sterling also gave an insight into the special relationship he had with Damary.
Tony said: "I knew they used to speak because [Sterling] came down to the hospital.
"They played pool together and apparently they swapped numbers.
"I remember when Crystal Palace played Manchester City and they lost - Damary put on his tracksuit with the Crystal Palace badge and took a picture to send to Raheem.
"They had banter with each other."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Raheem Sterling has given 550 students the opportunity to watch Manchester City's FA Cup semi-final clash with Brighton at the Wembley Stadium.
The England international grew up near Wembley and has made a kind gesture to allow hundreds of students from Ark Elvin Academy watch him do battle against Brighton.
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