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Internet throws Hazel Hammersley, 2-year-old cancer patient, a pizza party

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   July 15, 2013 at 9:07 PM   |   Comments

July 15 (UPI) -- Hospitals can be boring, depressing places, especially when you're a 2-year-old cancer patient.

Hazel "Hazelnut" Hammersley was at Children's Hospital Los Angeles waiting for her "white blood cell counts to go up" when her mother and grandmother decided to pass the time by taping a message to the window of her hospital room: "SEND PIZZA RM 4112."

The pizza plea went unanswered until a Redditor saw the sign on his way out of the grocery store and posted a photo online.

"Smart kid," he wrote.

Hazel's mother, Lauren took to her blog to describe what happened afterward.

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!

While happy to hold a temporary pizza party, the hospital asked that the deliveries stop.

"I ask the community to please continue supporting Hazel and other children like her through making donations to our funds or to Childhood Cancer Research," Lauren added.

"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," the hospital said in a statement.

But they did acknowledge Reddit's generosity:

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.
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