A breast cancer survivor collects hundreds of flowers for a child cancer patient
When Ashli Brehm, a breast cancer survivor, found out that a child cancer patient she met at Nebraska Medicine was fighting a rare bone cancer for the second time, she wanted to "shower her with flowers."
"Daisy loves daisies," Brehm wrote for her blog, Baby on the Brehm. "So much, in fact, that she wants to start her own daisy garden."
So, for Daisy's 11th birthday, Brehm asked her followers to send any interpretation of daisies or flowers — including paper flowers, daisy headbands and daisy drawings — to Daisy.
"There is no right way to go about giving goodness," Brehm wrote. "It is just good to do and give joy, I think."
She also requested daisy seeds for when Daisy can grow her own garden, art supplies and real daisies.
"Daisy probably doesn’t even know who I am," she wrote. "This is going to be a surprise for her from all good hearts. Let’s shower this girl with happiness for her 11th bday!!"
"The response was overwhelming," Nebraska Medicine wrote on Facebook. The flowers were delivered to Daisy on April 9.
Hundreds of paper daisies, art supplies and other presents were sent to Daisy in Nebraska Medicine's Buffett Cancer Center, KMTV reported.
"When I walked in and saw all these flowers I looked shocked and wanted to faint — but I knew I couldn't," Daisy told the hospital in a video. "I am so happy."
Flowers came from across the country, including from Kansas, Alaska, Pennsylvania, Iowa and Nebraska, according to the hospital.
"It started as one ask from one person. I asked for paper daisies," Brehm wrote on Facebook. "For Daisy. The newly-minted 11-year-old who is currently battling Ewing’s Sarcoma for the second time. I asked this community of doers to do goodness. And you all said yes."
Daisy received "daisy upon daisies," Brehm wrote, and flower creations spanned from daisies made with ribbon, duct tape and markers.
She said there was more than she could count, and the flowers will soon decorate Daisy's room.
"Never forget that you have the right to ask and people have the right to tell you no," Brehm wrote. "Never forget that a (relatively) small group of people can make a huge ripple that will turn into a wave of goodness."