Mommy Lauren Hammersley is always searching for fun and silly ways to make the time pass for her 2-year-old daughter, Hazel, who is bravely battling stage 3 neuroblastoma.
Hazel was diagnosed with the high-risk cancer last April and is currently staying at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in California where she is undergoing chemotherapy. Her treatment will take around a year-and-a-half, so her loving mother enjoys finding new ways to brighten her little girl’s day up.
On Saturday, Hammersley decided it would be fun to make a sign out of medical tape that said “Send Pizza Rm 4112” on her daughter’s hospital room window. Hazel giggled at the sign and the family hoped it would put a smile on the faces of the people who passed by the hospital.
While the sign got the attention of people who walked by, it really took off once Reddit user “ashortstorylong” took a photo of it and then posted it to Reddit with the caption, “Photo taken outside Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. Smart Kid”.
After the picture was posted, it didn’t take long for it to become so viral that it made Reddit’s front page. Comments from people around the nation began pouring in, and people started sharing that they had ordered pizza and sent it to the little girl’s hospital room.
Soon, pizza delivery guys started showing up at the hospital with pizzas for Hazel’s room. As time went by, more and more pizzas continued to be sent up to her room, to the point that the hospital and Hazel’s mom thanked everyone but told them to stop sending pizza.
It was reported that Hazel received more than 20 pizzas in one day from caring strangers from all over the country before they sent the message out to stop.
On the family blog, Hazel’s grateful mom wrote, “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. We have been absolutely humbled and surprised by the outpouring of love and support ... and can only hope and pray that this brings awareness to Neuroblastoma and the Childhood Cancer Community.”