Pizza Prank Makes Toddler Oncology Patient’s Day

Image via Reddit
Image via Reddit

2-year-old Hazel Hammersley has been in the oncology department at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles since July 4th. She was diagnosed with high-risk stage 3 neuroblastoma in April and has been in the hospital trying to regain her white blood cell count so that she can go home.

The two unlikely pranksters, a grandmother and her toddler granddaughter, taped the message, “Send Pizza RM 4112.”

Little Hazel doesn’t mind the oncology wing terribly; in fact, she’s making the best out of a bad situation. Normally, she visits the playroom or her mom brings her toys but lately, the little girl has been getting a little stir crazy as 2-year-olds are known to do.

One day while visiting little Hazel, her grandmother came up with the idea to tape a silly message to her hospital window; a social S.O.S, if  you will.  You see grandma is quite the prankster and had done this very same thing years ago when she was  admitted into the hospital and going stir crazy herself. The two unlikely pranksters, a grandmother and her toddler granddaughter, taped the message, “Send Pizza RM 4112.” They didn’t expect anything to come of it but it was fun and broke up the monotony of the oncology ward.

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The little girl was waving to the passersby as they passed her hospital window, but no one waved back or even noticed it seemed until a few days later. On July 13, several days after the message was taped to the window, little Hazel Hammersley woke from a nap to find not one but 20 pizzas in her hospital room.

Apparently, one passerby saw the message in the window, took a photo and uploaded it to Reddit. Before anyone in the Hammersley family knew what had happened, social media was all abuzz about the little toddler in the oncology department requesting a pizza and people were more than happy to oblige; flooding the little girl’s hospital room with pizza, prayer, and well wishes.

What a wonderful use of social media!

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To think, something as simple as one person caring enough to share the photo and another taking the time and spending the $10 to send the pizza, completely brightened a little girl’s day and renewed this writer’s faith in humanity.

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Pizza Prank Makes Toddler Oncology Patient’s Day

Deborah Cruz, @TruthfulMommy, is the creator of The TRUTH about Motherhood, an often humorous and brutally honest look at motherhood. She's a writer, a wife, and a work-at-home Mommy who's trying to do it all well. She live in the Midwest with her 2 little girls and her husband. She has a lot of degrees from a bunch of schools but mostly spends her days shuttling people under the age of 7, while trying to maintain her sanity and she wouldn't have it any other way. She talks a lot. She ... More

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  1. Heatherly says:

    That is adorable! What a blessing from others around to bless this little patient, and probably many patients on her floor!

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