The message — "SEND PIZZA RM 4112" — was spelled out in torn tape by the mother and grandmother of Hazel Hammersley, a two-year-old patient being treated for a rare type of cancer called neuroblastoma, KTLA reports.
Noting the hospital's proximity to the Silver Lake/Los Feliz Vons, Redditors also took the opportunity on the thread to discus local grocery store options and tell each other not to take their shopping options for granted. We'll assume that's a metaphor for life.
In a blog post, Hazel's family says:
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.
A statement later that day from the hospital thanked everyone who contributed to the pizza party and gently employed a caps lock plea of their own: "NO MORE PIZZA IS REQUIRED."
Though the effort ramped up quickly on Saturday, the message previously went unnoticed for days, the Daily Dot reports:
"This sign was up for several days without even a single phone call asking to send up a pizza (which we completely expected!)," Hazel's mom, Lauren, blogged. "Then, on Saturday, it all changed."
One by one, pizza boxes started piling up in Hazel's room thanks to aReddit user who spotted Hazel's sign while walking out of a grocery store. The redditor, ashortstorylong, posted a picture of the sign to the site's popular r/funny forum. From there, it reached the front page.
Hazel is still in the hospital waiting for her White Blood Cell counts to go up. As soon as they do, we can go home for a few days, then will head back to the hospital for Round #5 of Chemo...I will keep you updated as soon as we know when we can go home.