On 24 April 2013, Hazel Hammersley, aka Hazelnut, age two, was diagnosed with High-Risk, Stage 3 Neuroblastoma, a form of cancer. People who love her do fun and silly things for her. For example, when Hazel went back to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (California) “for Round #5 of Chemo, her mother and grandmother taped these letters to Hazel’s 4th floor window at the hospital: “SEND PIZZA RM 4112.” A few days went by with nothing happening, and then someone posted a photo of the sign on Reddit and suddenly dozens of pizzas started coming to the 4th floor of the hospital. On 14 July 2013, Hazel’s mother, Lauren, wrote on her blog, Our Little Hazelnut, “Hazel woke up from her nap to the smell of pizza and was so excited to chow down! Several other children and nurses came into the room, with music playing, and had themselves a wonderful Pizza Party. As of yesterday evening, there was more than 20 boxes delivered and more was coming! We had such a great time! 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.” On 13 July 2013, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles issued this statement:
“Thank you to the compassionate Reddit users who saw this photo and responded with a pizza delivery.
“If you’re on Reddit and have seen the adorable photo below, please help Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and patient mom, Lauren Hammersley spread the word: You’ve made a little girl very happy but NO MORE PIZZA IS NEEDED.
“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.
“So far twenty pizzas have been delivered to Hazel Hammersley’s room and we are still counting.
“Hazel’s family has been busy today. Not only have they been keeping her occupied while she spends time in the hospital recovering but they have been giving away slices of pizza as fast as they can.
“The Hammersley family will be going to bed very full and very thankful for the compassion they received today. But they’ve asked, respectfully, for everyone’s help in spreading the word that no more pizzas are needed. Mom, Lauren, has taken down the sign from the hospital room window and is busy trying to share the news that the pizza has officially been delivered on Reddit.
“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.”
For Further Information: “Pizza Bonanza!” Our Little Hazelnut. 14 July 2013
For Further Information: “No more pizza! Hospital’s hilarious plea after ward was inundated with more than 20 pies when cancer sufferer, 2, and her family taped a request for the treat on her window.” Daily Mail (UK). 14 July 2013; updated 15 July 2013
For Further Information: Wearechia, “Pizza No Longer Needed in Room 4112.” Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. 13 July 2013
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