Raheem Sterling will cover all the costs for the funeral of Crystal Palace youth player Damary Dawkins.
The Manchester City and England forward supported the campaign by Damary's family to find a suitable stem cell donor, and became close to the youngster who died of leukaemia aged 13 last month. Sterling is due to attend the service in Dagenham on Friday.
Sterling paid tribute to Damary by lifting his England shirt to reveal a picture of the two of them together following his second goal in the 5-0 win over the Czech Republic last month.
Damary's father Tony spoke last month about the relationship between the player and his son.