A Redditor who happened by the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles snapped a photo of one patient's amusing SOS: "SEND PIZZA RM 4112."
The passionate plea was apparently posted in jest by the family of 2-year-old Hazel Hammersley, a young cancer patient with stage 3 neuroblastoma who is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
Within minutes of the pic's posting on Reddit, the first order went out. Then, a few minutes later, another. And another. And a dozen more.
On the family blog, Hazel's mom Lauren described their reaction:
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!
The hospital had apparently received so many pies that they were forced to publish a post on their own blog informing pizza donors that "NO MORE PIZZA IS NEEDED."
Both the hospital and the family were very grateful for the impromptu outpouring of support, but they also expressed their hope that this act of kindness extend beyond pizza to general awareness of childhood cancer.
Hazelnut (Hazel's nickname) has 18 grueling months of treatment ahead of her, and the family has set up a Facebook page for those wishing to follow her story or continue to show their support.