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Reddit delivers: Pizza plea answered for 2-year-old cancer patient at LA Children's Hospital

Photo by ashortstorylong via Reddit

Low-tech adhesives met real-time technology over the weekend when a Reddit user spotted a plea for pizza taped to a window of Los Angeles Children's Hospital.

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.

The Verge says the hospital was generously overwhelmed by "random acts of pizza" after a photograph of the plea, posted online by ashortstorylong, was embraced by Redditors. 

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.

The family has pages set up for those who'd like to make a non-pizza donatation or follow Hazel's story. The most current entry on the family's blog is from Sunday and reads: 

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.