Sunday, October 13, 2013


     Over the last few days I have received several messages and comments wondering a lot of the same things, so I thought I would put together a quick FAQ post!

Q: Who is Hazel?
A: Hazel Hammersley is a 2 year old girl from Simi Valley, California. She is part of our very young family, which includes 3 additional young children; Micah (7), Elizabeth (4) and Jonah (11 months). Hazel, or "Hazelnut", as we like to call her, was diagnosed with a High-Risk, Stage 3 Neuroblastoma on April 24, 2013. 

Q: What is Neuroblastoma?
A: Childhood cancer is the #1 disease killer in our children; more than asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined!  Neuroblastoma is a solid tumor form of childhood cancer that originates in the sympathetic nervous system, the nerve network that carries messages from the brain throughout the body. The cause of neuroblastoma is unknown. When neuroblast cells fail to develop normally they form tumors in the nerve tissues, usually in the neck, abdomen, or pelvis, and most commonly in the adrenal glands. Nearly 70% of those children first diagnosed with neuroblastoma have disease that has already metastasized or spread to other parts of the body. Neuroblastoma has one of the lowest survival rates of all pediatric cancers. For more information please click 

Q: How can I send a gift/note/card to Hazel? 
A: Please use the following address
Hazel Hammersley
Hope For Hazel
PO Box 1449
Simi Valley, CA 93062

Q: How can I send Hazel money/contribute to Hazel's fund?
A: If you'd like to contribute to Hazel's Fund, please visit Click on the yellow "DONATE NOW" button. 100% of your donation goes to our family. No donation is too small. Checks can be mailed directly to:

Q: How can I get a "Hope for Hazel" bracelet? 
A: If you'd like to get a "Hope For Hazel" bracelet, please contribute $5.00 (or $9.00USD internationally to account for added postage) to  Indicate the word "bracelet" in the gift comment section and how many bracelets you would like, and we will get one out to you asap. Once you get your bracelet(s), please send us a photo of you wearing it and include your smiling face and a photo caption. You can get it to us using the private messaging feature on our facebook page. We'd love to include your photo in a photo album we're making. Thank you! 

Q: How do I get a "Hope For Hazel" T-shirt? 
A: If you'd like to show your support for Hazel and her family, you can purchase a "Hope For Hazel" t-shirt!  To do so, please contribute $20.00 (or $25.00USD internationally to account for added postage) to  Indicate the word "T-Shirt" in the gift comment section, how many shirts you would like and the sizes, and we will get one out to you asap. Don't forget to send us a picture when you wear your new shirt!

Q: I'd like to send Hazel a gift. What does Hazel like?
Hazel loves the color blue, Disney Princesses (especially Rapunzel), Hello Kitty, Madeline and Minnie Mouse. Hazel wears a size 4T. Please use the following mailing address
Hazel Hammersley
Hope For Hazel
PO Box 1449
Simi Valley, CA 93062

Q: Can I send something to Hazel's siblings?
A: Of course!  Siblings often feel left out when their sibling going through treatment gets tons of attention.  So if you feel you would like to bless our other children, you are more than welcome to give them a little sunshine!

Q: Aside from sending money, what are other ways that I can help?
A: We always appreciate your prayers and positive thoughts but you can also donate any blood type in Hazel's name at Children's Hospital Los Angeles Blood Donation.  Many kids in treatment need blood, so if you are not local, please consider donating blood at your local children's hospital and help save a life!

     Thank you all for your continued support and prayers and if there is anything else you would like to know, please feel free to leave us a message on Hazel's Facebook page Hope For Hazel


  1. thanks for sharing!

  2. I wish I could donate, I live in Argentina so it's impossible for me right now, both because of lack of money and not being allowed to buy dollars. Randomly found this story and it has touched my heart. I'll be praying for her. And also for you and the rest of the family, this has to be so hard to go through. If losing a relative to cancer hurts I can't imagine what seeing your little girl battle this awful illness day by day must be like. May God give you a miracle.

  3. I am a first grade teacher in MO and would love to have my class do a project for Hazel. We just recently did a big fundraiser for St. Jude and would love to help put a smile on that sweet girls face. I stumbled across your blog and Hazel's story has really touched my heart!