2-Year-Old Cancer Patient Tapes 'Send Pizza' Sign on Hospital Window & Gets Overwhelming Response

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send pizzaTwo-year-old Hazel Hammersley has cancer, a neuroblastoma tumor in her abdomen. On the Fourth of July, she was admitted to the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles for a fever. While there, Hazel's grandmother and mother came up with a brilliant idea for raising everyone's spirits: Tape the message "Send Pizza" on the hospital window. It was just a silly whim. But days later they started getting a lot of deliveries.

It all started when Hazel's grandmother told the story of the time she was in a hospital as a girl, and put a sign reading "send pizza" in her hospital window. That sounded like a fun idea, so Hazel's mother, Lauren, put up a sign of their own. A few days went by with nothing. But then someone posted a photo of the sign on Reddit -- and guess what happened next.

A lot of pizza happened, that's what. Over 20 pies arrived before the hospital finally had to request that no more pizzas be delivered. Meanwhile, Hazel and her family and friends enjoyed one of the happiest pizza parties ever.

I love how the online community rallied around this little girl. Isn't it amazing when strangers show that they care like this? How amazing -- not just for Hazel, but for her family and for all the other kids being treated at the hospital. Lauren is hoping the Hazel's pizza sign will raise awareness for childhood cancer. "We can use this opportunity to let people know that not enough research goes into how to treat our kids." I hope, also, this pizza party sends so much positive energy to Hazel and her family that she has a full recovery from her cancer.

Have you ever done anything to cheer up a child in a hospital?


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Elaine Cox

i was gonna say i doubt a two year old did it..but it was her mom n grandma...but its beautiful story

the4m... the4mutts

Ahww that made me tear up a little

hexxuss hexxuss

Okay, that was adorable!!! That's just awesome

Susan Delly

Aww, I hope she pulls through.  Nice story.

Billie Jean Washburn-Clay

Should have let the pizzas keep coming, fed the rest of the sick kids. Having cancer is awful, but worse when a child has it. It's not fair at all, and they should have just let em keep coming. Would have brightened the day of many children.

nonmember avatar marie

i didnt do it...his docs started it but...the syringes they use to give shots an oral meds...ie things with plungers lol....doc filled with water..20 one day lol...he was allowed to shoot..wet..anyone that came in his room lol....he was 3 1/2...for the next 3 years whenever he came for treatments or whatever it continued lol

Donna May

I remember as a little girl in Miami OK, I was in the hosptial for a kidney infection and my sweet grandfather brought up a large black diamond watermelon to share with everyone on my floor.  I think this was in the late 60s when this happened.  I loved every bite and was glad to share it with anyone that wanted a slice.!


Kristina N Ed Wetzel

If there is a Ronald McDonald house nearbythey can always use the pizza, so cool that people did it for her

Pixie030 Pixie030

I am betting one family didn't keep 20 pizzas to themselves. Most likely all the excess ones were probably set on the nurses stations for people to share that were on that floor.

cherylam cherylam

How imaginative! I bet it made that little girl (and her family) so happy during a really tough time. God bless those that saw the sign...to make a child smile is worth almost everything.

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