A two-year-old girl battling cancer received over 20 pizza pies this weekend when her family jokingly put up a sign reading “SEND PIZZA RM 4112″ in the window of her hospital room last week.
The ongoing deliveries began when a Reddit user posted the sign on the hospital door of Hazel Hammersley on the site. By Saturday afternoon, there were so many pizzas stacked on top of each other in Hazel’s room that the sign was replaced with another one reading “NO MORE PIZZA IS NEEDED,” Daily Mail reports.
Hazel was diagnosed with Stage Three Neuroblastoma on April 24, 2013. Lauren, Hazel’s mother, wrote on the family blog:
“Since we have been here for quite a while, we try to pass the time by doing fun and silly things for our precious 2-year old.”
One of these things was the pizza plea, which was written in medical tape.
But just a few hours after the sign made its way to Reddit, the hospital was flooded with deliveries.
“Hazel woke up from her nap to the smell of pizza and was so excited to chow down!” Lauren wrote.
“Several other children and nurses came into the room, with music playing, and had themselves a wonderful Pizza Party,” the elated mother continued.
“However, due to the sheer number of pizzas and inquiries from the media, the hospital has asked that the pizza deliveries end and thank everyone for their support,” she finished.
She thanked the public and expressed her hope that this is the level of compassion all children with cancer are receiving.
“Awareness and funding is severely lacking, and to help get better treatments and outcomes for our children, we need all the support we can get!”
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where Hazel is staying, also released a similar statement to thank the Reddit community for devoting so much attention to the happiness of the sick child.
“We agree with Reddit users. It can be difficult to turn down the request of a sick child, especially when it’s a request for pizza. On behalf of the Hammersley family, thank you for spreading the word and we hope the photo of Hazel with a successful pizza delivery received spreads just as far and fast as the original photo has.”
Via Reddit, Photos via Facebook