Sunday, July 14, 2013

Pizza Bonanza!

     First let me say, 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.  So I will keep you updated as soon as we know when we can go home (we are so ready!).

   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 BlogFacebook, 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:






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  1. Love it!!! What a great idea!!

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    1. To the parents of this child !! I dont want to give you any false hope !! But there is a CURE for all known CANCERS !!
      It was developed in the early 1990's at the: Albert Einstein
      School Of Medicine by William Lyman and Steven Calle ( not sure if i spelled stevens last name correct ? ) And later on brought back to life by Dr Robert Beck . You can find it under the section Suppressed medical breaktrough's Lol !! Well, I hate to break it to you, but TREATING disease is far far far more lucrative than CURING it. Look at the system closely. The Pharmaceutical Industry is extraordinarily powerful, and tied to every aspect you can imagine; media, government/politicians, banks, corporations, etc. Only 5 - that's FIVE corporations own 90+% of the media. They are NOT looking out for us - they are suppressing information to maintain their power. This is PARADIGM SHIFTING stuff here. But look deeper, you'll see. Pleaseeee !! for your kid sake try this. COLLOIDAL SILVER !!! ( this the strongest medicine known to man!!! And believe it or not also the cure for AIDS !! It will boost her immune system. afer this treatment she will have whats called superblood ( completely parisite free )But i wont cure the cancer. But this will !!!! The treatment is called BLOOD ELECTROLYSIS a immune system restoration. 50 to 100 micro amp at 3.92 hertz. also known as the schumann resonance . in combination with the silver colloid to prevent secondary infections , the cancer will be cured in 3 weeks !!! Now i know this sounds unbelievable but do some research on this subject you got nothing to lose !!! Remember a cured patient is a lost customer !! ( And forgive my spelling english is not my native launguage ) And tell others !!!

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    2. That makes TOTAL sense.
      In my house we always treat ourselves with natural things. and we know MANY things can be cured, but the industry never tells ANYTHING about it, they don't wanna lose money. If you think deep: we only see medicines on the TV, never natural ones.

      And well, we use colloidal silver here at home. Actually my father MAKES it, it's really simple. And helps a lot.

      I hope it can help you eventualy. Beautiful baby girl.

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    3. To the parents of this child !! I dont want to give you any false hope !! But there is a CURE for all known CANCERS !!

      Nonsense. Utter, nonsense.

      1, "Cancer" as a general term covering several diseases with have different causes and symptoms, with different issues to address. Claiming there is a cure for "cancer" is like there is a cure for "violence".

      2, If there were a cure for even one specific cancer, providing it would be the most lucrative breakthrough in medical history.

      Clearly you have no common sense. Have you also no sense of shame?

      - Christopher Foxx
      (I don't post anonymously. I put my name to what I say.)

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  2. Alex's Lemonade Stand is a HUGE support in finding a cure for childhood cancer and one of the most trusted ways to donate.

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  3. Amazing! Also, this boy just biked across the USA for neuroblastoma research! He ended his trip on Friday in San Diego! https://www.facebook.com/ProJeKt3K?fref=ts

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  4. Hi, I came from Reddit and hope the recent pizzas festival brightened peoples day! Any thoughts on what party to have while having to go back for #5 chemotherapy? This is meant in no disrespect as I could only imagine how bad 1 round of chemo would be let alone 5 :(

    But was thinking maybe, Hazel could write on the window for a pudding party? Or icecream? Maybe a flash mob crew could jump on board and provide some entertainment from the street?

    Best of luck, I'll donate what I can, and I'll try not to forget about you Hazel and your wonderful (ever growing) family.

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  5. I'd just like to say, usually I troll the internet because I am disgusted with myself, my life, and all of my failures. The original reddit post and this followup have put a smile on my face, makes me wonder why I'm such an insufferable pr$ck when kids like yours are in much more dire and dangerous situations than I am. So while I don't have any money to send you any pizzas, do know that this old internet troll is sending you good vibes for your kids cancer battle. Thanks for making me smile.

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    1. Ditto, thank you for articulating exactly what I was thinking. I was feeling pretty disgusted with my life and human kind in genaral today. Lauren and family, thank you for restoring my faith that we as a nation have some hope; we're not a lost cause and there are good people who do good things and the smile on precious Hazel's little face warmed my heart. I hold you all in my heart and send Hazel and the other children their much love and healing thoughts. Thank you for sharing; I want to hug your little girl! I will try to remember to come back and donate when my situation stabilizes.

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    2. You two have warmed my heart almost as much as this story! God bless you both and all of the other "trolls' out there who need a little restoration of faith in their fellow human beings. -Deanna B

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    3. What a great post and so well said. I think a lot of us feel that way Mr. troll. You are not alone out there. Here's to hoping we find our way back to the light as we get older and becoming less insufferable. Appreciate your honestly. Hazel-the least will be the greatest and you are the greatest my friend.

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    4. Thank you for being honest about what you feel and the reaction you had with this. not many times we get to see real people like you :)

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  6. I live on the other side of the world, so was unable to order pizza, but I am a regular donor to my local Cancer foundation (Cancer Council)

    Stories like this fill me with joy. I hope you all get through this stronger, and with greater faith in humanity than ever.

    Blessings :)

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  7. Blessings and much joy and wishes of wellness are being sent to you all from Sydney Australia... Kathy L
    <3

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  8. Everyone loves a pizza party :D

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  9. I came from the Daily Mail seeing your beautiful daughters smile. Having those happy moments with your kids is what life's about, its even more precious when your child is in the hospital. I'll keep reading and praying Hazel kicks NB's butt.

    Anna

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  10. Our thoughts are with your little girl and the other children there who are suffering from illness.
    So glad to see they had a fun time - I hope it took their minds off of the pain they endure.
    Wishing you all the best.

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  11. go see cancertutor.com for affordable and effective alternate cancer treatments - it's the premier website for alternate cancer treatments.

    please go take a look and see why more and more doctors are advising against the usual cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation

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  12. I am sorry that any person has to watch their child suffer through something like this. Although I do not pray or have faith in what others believe - I will still be sending you nothing but good karma and thoughts. It's my way of "praying" for you and your family. May she recover fully, as well as the rest of your family. Hazel, you are beautiful in every way. Get well soon!!!

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  13. How special <3 Sending lots of ((((hugs))))

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  14. Saw this on the AP, had to stop by and say hawooo! Take care little mate, all our prayers and healing husky wooooos!

    RA, Isis & Nanük

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  15. Nice to see a great big smile on her face and that it brought a bit of joy to her and her friends. A little kindness goes a long way...Keeping the faith for you and your family.

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  16. God Bless, little Hazel.

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  17. This is so wonderful. What a blessed day!!!

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  18. Your family is so creative--and in the midst of this draining battle. God has blessed you with courage, faith, love, and creativity.
    We continue to pray for healing.
    Blessings,
    Janis and family

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  19. Oh goodness, how little Hazel's joyful smile has made my morning! Please tell her I love her Hello Kitty tattoos!

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  20. This is so precious! love!

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  21. what a wonderful story,

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  22. What a heartwarming story!

    Our own little girl has a life-altering and rare disease, but we are grateful she hasn't needed hospitalization.

    You can read about her at http://www.annaliberty.com

    I will be sharing this story!

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  23. Saw this on People.com...had to tell you that I love it! In that picture, Hazel reminds me so much of my son Jackson, who was diagnosed at 13 months with NB (stage 3 high risk). His go-to was Chick-fil-a nuggets though :) He is now 5 1/2, cancer free and he's going into Kindergarten in Sept. Hope and pray for the same for you, sweet girl!

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    1. Such a wonderful news. Hopefully we will be getting a similar update from Hazel's mom soon!

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  24. I saw your story on Gawker.com; your little Hazelnut has a beautiful smile that touched my heart. I will be praying for her and your family.
    My fiance was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma 5 years ago, so I can't imagine what it's like for a small child to go through chemotherapy, but it seems like your little girl is a trooper and in good spirits.
    Love & prayers,
    Alice

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  25. Having to go through cancer treatment this year myself, I couldn't even imagine watching one of my children go through it. I used to just feel sorry for people going through cancer treatments, but now, my heart is more involved for not only the patient, but for the family. I will pray for little Hazelnut daily. Cancer is a horrible disease and I don't wish it on even my worst enemy. I loved reading the pizza story. Thank you for sharing.

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  26. God bless this little girl.

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  27. My daughter was diagnosed Stage 3 NB when she was 16 months old. She's is a happy and healthy soon-to-be first grader. I know first-hand how long those hours can be in the hosptial! This made me smile. Wishing you all the best in your fight. Sending love from the NB community.

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  28. What a great story. Hope your little one is cured and lives a happy life.

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  29. Miss Hazelnut,
    Your sweet face eating pizza made me smile. Our Emma Grace was treated for A.L.L. and cheese pizza was her staple during treatment. Your precious face warmed my heart. Loved the picture of you and your hospital friend enjoying the pizza together. Praying your next round of chemo goes smoothly and your end of treatment is near.
    hugs to you,
    Childhood Cancer Mom of Emma Grace :-)

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  30. Praying for Hazel in the Gulf Coast.

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  31. That is so great :) My daughter was diagnosed with stage three NB June 2012. Shes in her last two months of treatment... I have a blog too, its http://www.lifeinthehallhousehold.blogspot.com
    I keep up our fb page better (prayingfortaylor)... Will be reading your blog. Its a looooong road, but we are here on the other end of it! Prayers for Hazel <3

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  32. Blessings to you Hazel and your family! Thank you for such an uplifting story and for making my day with your story!! Much love to you sweet girl!!! <3

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  33. It is nice to know that there are still compassionate people out there. Your family and beautiful Hazel are in my thoughts.
    Jill (Denver)

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  34. This made me smile when I saw it. My son, Christopher was in the hospital and on a no food order. At first, he was ok with it because he wasn't conscious, but after he woke up, not eating started to wear thin. He started complaining that he wanted a pizza. He still wasn't allowed to eat because of the no food order, and pizza wouldn't have been a good first thing to eat anyway. So finally he started saying to everyone "How hard is it to pick up the damn phone and order a damn pizza! The number for Dominos is in the book, just get me a pizza!" All of the nurses found it amusing, as did we. When he got home we made sure to get him some pizza. He passed away in 2010 at the age of 10 from brain cancer. Thank you for making me smile and remember just how plucky my little guy was, despite his condition. Much love to your whole family. I hope for a good outcome for Hazel and all of you <3

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  35. Hi, I´m from Brazil and read your pizza story on the internet. We are all praying for Hazel. I´m sure she´ll recover soon. Sending all my love.

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  36. Saw your story on the internet just wanted to Hazel get well soon wishes :) your so beautiful you got this :)

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  37. Read this story on people.com and it gave me chills! So good to know that this wonderful little girls day was made by the kindness of strangers. Thank you, Hazel for making me smile! :)

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  38. I was touched by this story. I work for Domino's Pizza, and I knew as soon as I began reading the story that they would be involved. DOMINO'S PIZZA WILL DO ANYTHING FOR CHILDREN.

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  39. OH, I have tears at your wonderful pizza party. So much love to your Hazel & family!

    Steph

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  40. This was a heartwarming story, me and my daughter (she's 6) read it together. Prayers to your Hazelnut and the rest of your family... Prayers for strength, comfort and healing. I'll never understand why a sweet, innocent child must endure such a horribly difficult thing, She shouldn't have to spend such precious time in a hospital, she should be at home doing 2 year old things. God Bless you all!

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  41. Instead of supplying these children with pizza (so called food)(highly acidic***,cancer thrives in a acidic body) , I would be supplying them with alkaline water, fresh fruits, and graviola leaf. Oh, I forgot the Allopathic Doctors here in the Matrix are against homeopathic cures.

    On top of that, these Allopathic Doctors have this poor little girl going through chemo.... (lets add more acidity and kill all her cells??? and please dont tell me they are giving her gatorade? is that gatorade??? with a ph of 2.85!

    WAKE UP DOCTORS!!!! WHAT ARE YOU DOING!!!!

    really????

    getting on a fruit, melons and berries diet would do this child wonders!

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    1. This is a sweet story...what is wrong with you?

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    2. Crazy people can't help but be crazy.

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    3. I have a lot of things to say bout that ridiculous comment...but I will keep them to myself to keep the light and good feelings going. I'll just say this, what about the happiness, laughter, fun and SOUL nourishment? It is medicine for the heart. Smiling, joyful children going through trying times to say the least. What about that? My prayers for all those little precious children......

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    4. Fruit, melon, and berries are all acidic though.

      Fortunately, this girl's parents are smart enough to know that, while modern medicine is not a sure thing, it definitely does better at curing disease than quackery.

      A girl in my high school class tried to manage her cancer with diet and healthy changes as directed by a very famous naturopath. Or rather, her parents made her try. She begged for real medical treatment until she died 2 months later.

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    5. Sweetest thing ever. Our daughter hazel is also in LA but she stays at the Ronald Reagan medical center. She is 9 months old and just received a liver transplant. Hazels are strong your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Keep fighting little one. You have a long life ahead of you. Good luck.

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  42. você vai ser curada em nome de cristo!!!!!!!!!

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  43. read about your precious daughter on People.com and while i won't send any more pizzas your way, i will send you prayers for comfort and strength, for health and for happiness. your daughter looks like such a joy. we wish you and her the very best.

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  44. Hello,
    I saw a news segment online about your Pizza deliveries, which led me to your blog. I am sorry about your daughter's diagnosis. I will keep your family in my prayers.

    I also wanted to inform you of another blog. You might have heard of it, but just in case. It's www.rockstarronan.com. Maya Thompson, the author of the blog will be a great person to get in contact with, or ask questions to as she has gone to hell and back with neuroblastoma. I hope this helps.

    Marienell

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  45. Wonderfull story!!, My prayers are with Hazel and your family:)

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  46. Loved Hazelnuts story. Her smile was priceless. Glad she got such a great response! May God bless her and watch over her through her journey. Sending positive vibes and prayers!!

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  47. You may know about this already, but I thought I'd pass this along - a group dedicated to increasing funding for Childhood Cancer research.
    http://www.thetruth365.org/

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  48. I saw little Hazel on the news today, so surreal to see her happily beaming in such dark times. This world is such a twisted and unfair place and seeing her smiling shows that the best we can do for our health's sake is to try and remain in high spirits through whatever life throws at us. I want for your whole family to enjoy a long happy life together and for this nightmare to quickly be lifted from your hearts.

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  49. Hazel. My nephew Logan was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when he was just 1. After a year of treatment he is still cancer free and will b turning 5 in August.

    It's tough I know but mommy & daddy love you very much and the nurses and doctors are taking good care of you.

    What do you want know that you seem to have a fill of pizza!

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  50. I was reading your blog and my little ones saw Hazel’s picture and started asking questions. I told them that she was sick and they wanted to pray for her. They also wanted to send her a letter/picture. Do you have an address set up to receive anything like that?

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    1. I put their letters online for Hazel. I hope you get to share them with her (link to my blog with their letters): http://ataleoffourdavis.blogspot.com/2013/07/so-sayith-tay-and-jay-46-for-hazel.html

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  51. I just want you to know that my little sister had the exact same thing when she was 1 to 2 years old...28 years later, she is now 39 weeks pregnant with her 3rd boy!! She is our families miracle and I know little Hazel can be yours. Carry-on Warrior!

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  52. I live in Australia and saw a news story on your Hazelnut's pizza party which led me to this blog. As a mother of an 18 month old, I can't even begin to imagine what you are going through but I wish your family all the best for Hazelnut's treatment & hope she continues to improve. Praying for Hazel, you & your family.

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  53. I saw your story on MSN and read your blog. My son, Nicholas, was dx with High Risk Stage 3 Neuroblastoma at the age of 2 1/2. He is now a happy. healthy, crazy 12 year old! Hazel actually sounds like she is on a similar, if not the same, protocol that Nic was on. It is a hard road but there is hope and it sounds like you guys have a great support system. THAT IS A HUGE HELP!!
    Nicholas had all his treatments at Duke University Hospital.
    We will keep your little one and your family in our thoughts and prayers!!
    Heather Black

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  54. I am so happy she had a blast with all the pizza and fun! I am lifting your family up in my thoughts and prayers. Especially your precious Hazel.

    Much Love,

    The Hyatt Family

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  55. When I was in the hospital watching my twin boys in the NICU someone handed me a card with this verse on it and 10 years later I still remember how reading it reassured me and how I'd read it over and over again.

    Isaiah 40:11 - He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.

    Good bless and keep your family!

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  56. Hi, just think about this documentary about Kovacsik Method. God bless you.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u88ovn_XQu8

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  57. I'm a neuroblastoma mom from a few years ago. I saw your "send pizza" story on KSL news link in Salt Lake City, UT. How cute! I just had to post you a note to let you know I will be praying for you and Hazel. You and she will get through this! You can check out my website at unshakeablefaithbook.com. Jeri

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  58. Saw your post on the "I Like Giving" Facebook page. So sweet. Prayers being sent up for your little Hazelnut from Toronto, Canada. :)

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  59. Saw your story on facebook :) Prayers for your beautiful daughter. Looks like Hazel and I are sporting the same do, I am also going through chemo right now. I will be following your blog.

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  60. Your daughter is just a beautiful ray of sunshine! You will be in my prayers!

    I've been following Lucy Krull's journey through Medulloblastoma for almost 2 and a half years now. Lucy's mom Kate has an amazing blog (http://erikandkatekrull.blogspot.com/), I'm sure you have an amazing support group, but I thought I'd give you Kate's blog just incase you were interested.

    I wish you, Hazel, and your family the best!
    ~Lauren

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  61. Those slices of pizza must have been giant slices of hope and smiles to your little girl. Awesome story! I hope she is well and I will keep your family in my thoughts. I admire your strength, and your daughter's. She is adorable and her spirit is inspiring.

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  62. I send best wishes all the way from NZ. I saw your article in People and it blew me away! Your daughter is so cute and her spirit is is inspiring! Good luck and best wishes for the future! :) xx

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  63. I saw your story in People and its so inspiring. I'll keep Hazel in my prayers. Hazel is so adorable and I hope she gets better soon.

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  64. God Bless each and everyone of you. The positive healing power gets stronger with each person added. Darling little 'Hazelnut' and your little friends there too, The Lord is working through you and for all of you. I too am sending loving prayers and blessings. God can not BUT SEE the power of his love in and around all of you. It is almost making me cry for joy. "And Love is the greatest of all". God's Love to all. Keep the faith. And everyone SEE (mentally) all of these little ones completely healed with the power of God. Cancer free for ever.

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  65. I saw your story on Yahoo. Thoughts and prayers go out to you , your family & esp. Hazelnut. What a great idea to beat the hospital boredom. I'm so glad people sent those pizzas and glad that you got so many. Those kids and the staff in the hospital deserve it. I hope the media continues to spread your story and that childhood cancer funding is increased because of it. You, Hazel and your family are awesome people! Hang in there and keep fighting this horrible disease.

    Craig , Breanna's Dad , 6/2/96 - 2/3/00 , Neuroblastoma

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  66. I am here from Reddit. Hearing about the pizza party put such a smile on my face. Thinking of you all!!

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  67. I just happened to sign onto my computer and saw about this on my MSN homepage. I just sat here and read through the entire story and I cant imagine how your family must have felt in the beginning. I have a 8 year old daughter and a 2 year old son. I don't know that I would be able to hold myself together as well as it sounds that you have. May God continue to strengthen you and your family and may He continue to keep your daughter so cheerful!
    Good Bless!!
    The Yates Family~ Pennsylvania!!

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  68. Hi. I got to your story through a post on Facebook. And it hit home. I had a niece. Her name was Channah. She was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at the age of 4. The journey was difficult... I don't mean to sound somber, I just wanted to say that your story hit home, and I almost felt that your little hazelnut was somehow my own flesh and blood. I wish you all the blessings in the world, and may your little angel recover fully and soon.
    I think you have plenty of pizza by now, but I would like to brighten up Hazel's day somehow. Please tell me what she wants besides pizza.
    Much love,
    Rivkah.

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  69. Hello Hazel and family, two more redditors here sending ALL of our love, enough to fill a swimming pool :-).

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  70. I am a survivor of childhood cancer, retinoblastoma,and breast cancer (4 years) and I am 51! Keep positive, love every moment, and know that many are praying for your beautiful daughter.
    Shari from Wisconsin.

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  71. Love and prayers to you and your family, from a girl in New York City. What a beautiful family!

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  72. From one Human being to another I love you! I love your family and I wish that wonderful young lady the best.

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  73. What an amazing, beautiful daughter you have! Sending prayers and warm thoughts your way from Tampa, FL. :)

    Blessings,
    Tony and Laura Cichanski

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  74. All I can do is say wow. You and your family have such an amazing and uplifting spirit. Tears were streaming down my face as I read this beautiful story. There is still hope for this great nation and days like that prove just that! The Lord works in mysterious ways is what I have always been told as I am sure you all have too. This whole thing, though saddening and scary, is a blessing in its own way. The sheer fact that people have come together and continue to do so for this sweet baby girl is so beyond powerful. I can say that I did not participate in the donation of pizza as I am just learning of the day's events, but I can say that you are all on my prayer list. Matthew 5:48 says, "You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." She is beautiful, wonderful, and perfect. Continue to have faith and be strong. He will see you through!

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  75. Saw your story on CNN. I have a three year old, and can only imagine. My wife and I both lost uncles to Gleoblastoma.

    I donated a small amount to Hazel's fund as I know this can be financially devastating to a young family.

    All the best,

    -Chris

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  76. I came across your story today as I strolled though facebook. I have shared a link from your blogg on my page in order to reach more prayer warriors, there can't ever be too much prayer being said! I just wanted to encourage you all and let you know that the amount of people praying for your family has just increased! Praying from Northern Lower Michigan!!!

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  77. My son inlaw just sent me a link to this story and what a way to start my day! Brought a smile to my face but most importantly, so thrilled that it brought a smile to all of your faces.

    You see, we know all too well what life inpatient is all about. Our daughter Zoey spent 8 months inpatient at CHLA undergoing treatment for AML. Life behind those doors and in those hallways can be so draining and monotonous. Any break from the routine is so welcomed.

    We started a blanket project when she was released from treatment 4 years ago and would live to get one to Hazel. You can email me at witchypoo4@msn.com or follow my name to our blog and leave me a message with your address if you are comfortable with that. Zoeys older sister is a nurse there in the NICCU also and she could bring one by as well.

    Sending prayers that home wil come before long. And that Hazel will continue to plow through her protocol and soon be on the other side of this disease. Zoey has been out of treatment for 4 years now. She is healthy and happy 6 year old now and with all our hearts, we wish that all these warrior children can quickly get back to their days of living life carefree and away, far away from those hospital walls. One of our very best buddies from our time at CHLA has been out of treatment 3 years from stage 4 neuroblastoma and she is a spunky, feisty, and joyfilled nearly 9 year old today. Our prayers are that Hazel will be following suit in no time!

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  78. I found your story online and it brought a smile to my face ! .. What a wonderful world we still live in that so many people sent Pizza's to your special little Hazelnut ! .. She is in our Prayer's ..for complete healing !

    And your family is in our prayer's too for strength and understanding.

    You are all an inspiration and encouragement to those of us reading your story !

    Wishing your entire family a beautiful week .

    Sara

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  79. What a beautiful story! I found this on CNN.com this morning as I was browsing the internet. My daughter (age 5) has neuroblastoma also - stage IV, relapse. She is currently in the hospital starting round #3 of chemo.

    I will keep Hazel in my thoughts and check back on her progress.

    If you ever want to talk to another NB parent, I am here :)

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  80. Just read your story on AOL's homepage. The sweetest and cutest pizza party ever! I know nothing about hospitals and staying long term so its refreshing to see that the kids are allowed to eat things like PIZZA! Something small, but obviously puts a smile on their faces. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers and I hope for a full recovery for your Hazelnut(best nickname ever).

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  81. Just saw this on CNN's news and just thought this was such a wonderful thing for the Dominos Pizza to do for these young children that are fighting the battle cancer or any life threatening diseases. Prayer to all the young children and for the parents and caregivers. May God Bless you all.

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  82. I saw the article about the pizza on CNN.com this morning. What a great story. Now I will follow your blog and keep your precious Hazel in my prayers and ask others to pray for her too.

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  83. By someone whose life was also touched by neuroblastoma, I want you to know that your little girl is loved and in my prayers. Stay strong for her, we will all stay strong for you. May the Angel of the Lord be with you and your family during this time

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  84. This is the nicest thing I have read about in a VERY long time! God bless your little Hazlenut! Her smile lights up the whole room! Prayers for her speedy recovery!

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  85. I saw your article on CNN. We are also Neuroblastoma Stage 3 Intermediate Risk, currently watch and wait after partial tumor removal. I understand the countless hours and weeks spent in hospital rooms. You are doing a wonderful job and Hazel is beautiful. Stay strong!

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  86. What a wonderful story! And what an adorable little girl. Hazel, keep your spirits up. You can beat this thing.

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  87. That is so amazing! My third son was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma when he was 6, so I know a little bit about what your going through. He is 20 now and lost half of his left leg, but his spirit is not crushed! The strength and will these precious children possess is truly inspiring :) I will be praying for little Hazel, she is just precious!

    Tonya, Albany Oregon

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  88. This story touched my heart! In 1991, my nephew (11 years old) at the time was diagnosed with a neuroblastoma on his brain stem. He underwent surgery that removed 90% of the tumor but left him unable to walk or speak. He went through 2 years of chemo and radiation to try and eradicate the cancerous tumor that remained. It a was a long and arduous road for my sister, her husband and their other 2 children as well as the little patient. It was full of ups and downs and sometimes really, really hard. To sum this up, he is 33 years old now. He is married to a sweet girl and holds down a full time job. It took years to get to this point but he is there and that is all that matters. I just wanted you to hear this story.

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  89. this nice pizza story reached the newspapers in Belgium !

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  90. Saw you on CNN. My son loves REDDIT! Prayers to you and your family. I followed the link for a donation - hoping you get a lot of support of every kind through your story. We just lost mom to pancreatic cancer and know the struggles of the daily fight. Hers was a quick blessing, though, on the other end of life. Here's hoping Hazel fights the good fight for a long time!!!

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  91. I've heard of neuroblastomas prior to hearing your story but only because i used to do the lab testing for those. Anyway, your daughter seems like a true fighter. =-) What a wonderful story about the pizza! My one year old son has cystic fibrosis so I understand and get the wanting to raise awareness and funds thing. I wish you guys the best of luck with everything. ((hugs))

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  92. Wow Hazel is beautiful! Glad to see something nice every once is a while. :) Keep smiling Hazel! Greeting from Easton, MA

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  93. Dear Lauren and family,
    I am new to your blog...just found it today re: the pizza party article posted on several sites online. I have a deep love for children (partly due to my own struggles in childhood but mostly because that is just how God made me!) and also I have a heart for helping others whenever and however I am called to serve.
    I read thru your blog and ironically, one of your older posts echos precisely what I was thinking. You talked in that post about sometimes feeling "mommy guilt" over not being a specific type of mother but came to the realization that God created you as the type of mother you NEED to be in order to be equipped for this battle. I so firmly BELIEVE that and I have seen it affirmed in other families whose children are diagnosed with a serious illness. God does not make mistakes as you know. Your sweet "Hazelnut" has parents that were perfectly orchestrated to meet HER needs and those of your other precious children!
    She is adorable, that sweet girl of yours! I am praying for her and for all of you and I firmly BELIEVE that this little girl will one day have an awesome testimony of how God's power manifested in her to KICK CANCER'S BUTT and how her family was beside her every step of the way!!
    Warm hugs and many prayers, Lori

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  94. May God bless your family and your sweet child.

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  95. Hey little Hazelnut and all the family members!

    I am Judith, a student from Germany and I read your really heartwarming story this evening in a german online-newspaper.
    It is so great to see how so little things like some pizzas can give so much joy to your little Hazel and all the other kids.
    I can really imagine how wonderful the pizza-Party was!! :))
    Thank God for all the people who sent a pizza...!

    I am really impressed by your story and all the things you have to face with.
    I am far away and as studying I don`t have much money - but if I can do anything for you with sending a packet or whatever gives joy to your kids - please let me know.
    If you want you can write me an email - I will write my emailadress in the email-follow right now (ends with @gmail.com).

    May God bless you all and keep you in His love!
    Many greetings from Germany,

    Judith

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  96. Hazel, you made an old and jaded man cry. You remind of the good of children and the innocence too. I had a real bad day today, but you reminded me that with a little hope,pizza, friends, love of strangers and family to take time and smile and be thankful. Next time I eat some pizza I will think of you! You will be in my prayers and thoughts.

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  97. Hi. I was so moved by the "pizza" story. I love kids and it pains me seeing them with illness most esp cancer. Surely, you'll be in my prayers.

    Also, You can monetize this blog. Put google adsense on this. The amount may be little but I think it can help you with the bills.

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  98. Get well soon Hazel! You have a wonderful family :) My prayers are with all of you!

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  99. Best wishes from Germany! Hope you'll get well soon, Hazel...
    Chris

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  100. God will do amazing things! We prayer for all of you!

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  101. All the best to you Hazel! Get well soon.

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  102. As the mom of an 11-year survivor of Stage IV Neuroblastoma, I am sending you hope . . . and prayers.

    Peace to you all on this journey.
    Becky Smith
    caringbridge.org/nc/sarahsmith

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  103. Very Good Idea to receive a FOC Pizzas & then became popular... bt anyway I also wish her/Hazelnut to get well soon and stay away from the suffering.. I knew this was real real suffering!!...

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  104. My husband forwarded me this article. I lost my cousin (26) to Lymphoma last year and have a special place in my heart for all of those who suffer from cancer. I am so happy that something so small, a request for pizza, brought happiness to Hazelnut and attention to her illness. I was able to find the donation page and donate in memory of Sarah. Blessings to you and your entire sweet family as you handle this ordeal with grace.

    I really liked your post about God granting you peace to no longer judge the mother you are. I think pintrest, facebook, and other things apply too much pressure and that comparison does rob you of joy. Very wise...thank you for sharing your family's story through this blog.

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  105. This story really touched my heart and is super sweet!!! I am so sorry that you have to go through this through. Hazelnut is a beautiful little girl and after reading this story I will pray for her everyday. I wish you all the best and hope you will be able to get through this difficult time.

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  106. I wish Hazel and her Family all the best! Sending greetings from Germany.

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  107. Heard about her Pizza Party via the news. Hazel, and your family are in my prayers.

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  108. Best wishes from us! Hope you'll get well soon ismail bayar

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  109. My heart goes out to you but I do know that prayer changes things and I'm going to pray for your angel healing

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  110. best wishes for you and your family

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  111. CONGRATULATIONS, you've made me cry a river. :') It's people like you, being So kind with your doughter, that makes me believe that humnity has a future that worths fighting for. Sorry for my bad english, by the way. And keep up fighting, you deserve the very best!

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  112. Wow, what an amazing story! There are so many good people everywhere. I think too many of us forget what really matters. Human kindness can be shown with a a pizza!

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  113. Happy thoughts being sent your way sweetheart and to your family too! Love from Arizona.

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  114. Best wishes from us! Hope you'll get well soon

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  115. Praying for Hazel in the Gulf Coast.

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  119. I was touched by this story. I work for Domino's Pizza, and I knew as soon as I began reading the story that they would be involved. DOMINO'S PIZZA WILL DO ANYTHING FOR CHILDREN.

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