Over 10,000 Dogs Sent Support to Little Girl with a Brain Tumor

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A letter has been shared tens of thousands of times asking for pictures of dogs to send to Emma.

A flyer asking people to send dog pictures to Emma via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Emma Mertens is a 7-year-old girl who was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) in January. One weekend Emma began experiencing a headache along with flu-like symptoms. A few days later, Emma was rushed to the hospital to reduce brain swelling. DIPG is a rare and inoperable brain tumor, and it is considered terminal at this point.

Emma has always been an animal lover. Although she doesn’t have any dogs of her own, she dog-sits for her neighbors and loves to be comforted by therapy dogs during her treatment.

During this difficult time, Emma only asked for people to send her pictures of their dogs to lift her spirits.

According to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a friend of the Mertens family “had about a dozen friends send in pictures, and at some point it just took off… [It’s] been shared all over.”

It didn’t take long before the puppy pictures began to come flooding in Emma’s mail, email, and Facebook page.

The support was overwhelming. Emma’s father, Geoff Mertens told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “I’ve stopped counting, but we were at 20 different countries at one point and every state. We’ve gotten pictures from Australia, Venezuela, Japan, Italy, Russia… and… Scotland and the Netherlands.” Geoff also estimated that Emma receives “about 2,800 emails each hour and mail by the truckload. I think that says a lot about dog lovers, that they want to take care of more than just themselves.”

Geoff told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “The response is amazing. Emma is changing the world! The messages from people are so heartwarming! Being kind is simple. It’s all Emma has really ever wanted is for everyone to be kind. It still blows my mind, but this amazing 7-year-old is changing the world. God sure works in mysterious ways!”

You should see her smile or giggle. She’s a huge fan of larger dogs … but she loves the pictures that come up with just funny and cute dogs. When a dog is doing something silly she just lights up.”

— Geoff Mertens

If you want to send Emma a picture of your own dog, the contact information is attached below. The family is asking that pictures are only sent to Emma’s Facebook page now because their email and mail are overflowing with more messages than Emma can read.

FACEBOOK:

https://www.facebook.com/Team-Emma-Emmalovesdogs7-299302784023300/

The Mertens family also has a fundraiser page that recently exceeded its goal of 100,000 to raise money to pay for medical bills and to allow Emma’s mother to stop working so that she can take care of her daughter.