In an inspiring example of the power of social media, a photograph went viral in Los Angeles and led to some distraction and fun for a family whose 2-year-old daughter is undergoing treatment for cancer. Hazel Hammersley's parents, restless and anxious during a weeks-long stay at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, used medical tape to spell the message "SEND PIZZA RM 4112" on their hospital window. After a Reddit user snapped a photo of the message, at least 20 pizzas arrived in the hospital room, eventually leading the hospital to politely say they were at pizza capacity. More from Time.com:
Hazel's family soon invited the other patients, along with their parents and nurses, to an impromptu pizza party.
In April, Hazel was diagnosed with a neuroblastoma tumor in her abdomen, and her mother soon began blogging to keep friends and family in the loop about Hazel's journey. On the blog post about the recent pizza party, she wrote that she and her family "can only hope and pray that this brings awareness to Neuroblastoma and the Childhood Cancer Community. Awareness and funding is severely lacking, and to help get better treatments and outcomes for our children, we need all the support we can get!"