Terminally Ill Girl Receives 75K Letters From Dogs

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Sometimes the greatest joys in life can come from the simplest things.

Geoff Mertens says, “I hope that you’re doing well and that you like my photo. That’s pretty cute, huh?”

For 7-year-old Emma Mertens the biggest smiles these days are brought on by strangers and their precious pups.

In the last couple of weeks, it seems like the whole world has been reaching out to this Hartland first grader.

Geoff Mertens says, “It’s just nice to see so many kind people taking time just to try and cheer her up.”

In late January, Emma was diagnosed with DIPG, a rare brain tumor.

A family friend thought it would be nice to raise the spirits of the little animal lover–with a letter from her dog.

She asked her friends to do the same.

Geoff Mertens says, “Those friends shared it with their friends and so on and so on and it just literally went viral.”

In just a few weeks, Emma has received more than 75-thousand notes from all over.

Geoff Mertens says, “Every state and I’m going to guess, 50 countries.”

The first grader has been getting treatment surrounded by her loving family.

Tammy Mertens, says, “She’s very brave because even doing radiation entails a lot and it’s scary.”

But for a few moments each day this has helped.

Geoff Mertens says, “I think the letters give us an opportunity to forget about it.”

A little girl with a big heart, finding kindness is sometimes the best medicine.

Emma’s parents say she’s been getting about three-thousand emails an hour–and a truckload of mail a day.

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