Ice cream for Gigi: Cleveland shop hosts fundraiser for 4-year-old battling leukemia

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CLEVELAND- It's been a tough year for 4-year-old Gianna Andolina. She was diagnosed with leukemia on July 30, 2014 and is now in remission.

Her mother can't help, but get emotional when she talks about her daughter's diagnosis.

"She is so tough and brave. She is the happiest little girl. Strong willed. Spirited," Julie Andolia said.

"She's still in the thick of treatment. She's doing really well. You can see she looks great. She feels very good. It's good to be out because for a lot of the beginning of leukemia treatment you're pretty much stuck inside and have to stay away from crowds altogether."

On Saturday, family and friends came out to Tremont Scoops on Professor Avenue in Cleveland to help raise money for Gigi. Some of the proceeds will go towards her medical bills and the rest will fund "Giannathon," an event Julie plans to host next spring.

"We aren't really talking about it too much because it's still in the works, but it's Alex's Lemonade Stand that we will be supporting in our fundraiser. They have done wonderful things for supporting research for childhood cancer and have made a lot of headway and we're excited to support them," Julie said.

Nikki Schiro, one of the co-owners of Tremont Scoops, is a longtime family friend. She's happy for the big turnout at the second "Ice Cream Gigi" event.

"Everybody is happy to help her out. Last year, she was too sick to be here so everybody is excited for her and to see her and meet her and see her smiling and enjoying ice cream," Schiro said.

Gigi is expected to end treatment next month. Last November, her family and a small army of volunteers created a winter wonderland so Gigi to enjoy despite her weakened immune system.

More information on Alex's Lemonade Stand here

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