OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A local girl who battled a rare brain tumor for most of her life passed away peacefully on Friday.
Emma Gehring was eight years old.
At just seven months old she was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor that started behind her right eye and spread to the right side of her brain.
"We have no comprehension of how to do this thing called life without Emma, but we will go forward knowing that she is without pain for the first time in her life. We look forward to the day we see her again someday in heaven," an announcement of her death read on Facebook. "Emma we will miss you more than you can ever understand."
Her courageous battle led to the creation of Emma Strong, a non-profit organization that funds brain tumor research.
Since news of her passing began to spread, the hashtag #EmmaStrong has been tweeted out dozens of times as the area mourns her loss and expresses condolences for her family.
Emma is survived by her parents, Brent and Kathryn, and brothers Aiden and Easton. Her father is an assistant principal at Papillion La Vista South.
KMTV profiled Emma and her family back in 2018. To watch that story, click here.
We join fellow PLEA members and the PLCS community in offering our deepest condolences to the Gehring family. Emma, thank you for showing the world your kindness and beautiful smile. May you Rest In Peace! #EmmaStrong 💕💕— PLEA (@PLEducators) December 12, 2020