Since we have been here for quite a while, we try to pass the time by doing fun and silly things for our precious 2-year old. One of these things happened to be my Mother and I putting a sign up in the window with medical tape reading: "SEND PIZZA RM 4112". The nurses, doctors, other children and we all had a great time with it and thought it was just something to brighten someone's day. Here are a few photos of us doing it:
This sign was up for several days without even a single phone call asking to send up a pizza (which we completely expected!). Then, on Saturday, it all changed. Aaron had left the hospital, while my father-in-law stayed with Hazel, to go home and spend some time with me and our other children. I would return later that night. While at home, we began hearing news that several pizza's were being delivered to the hospital. After only a few short hours, we were told that someone had taken a picture on the street of our sign, had posted it to Reddit.com and it had reached #1!! Then, someone ended up posting a link to our Blog, Facebook, and Donation Page, which then all went bananas! 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! However, due to the sheer number of pizzas and inquiries from the media, the hospital has asked that the pizza deliveries end and thank everyone for their support. But 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.
We have been absolutely humbled and surprised by the outpouring of love and support from the online community and 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! I truly felt that God used this wonderful day to help lift, not only our families', but everyone on the 4th floor's spirits. We all need a little hope up here. Here are a few pictures of the joy that was spread yesterday through the kindness of strangers: