Dogs Provide Smiles for Girl with Cancer


This gofundme page is asking for money, but also get well wishes frin dogs for 7-year old Emma Mertens, who is fighting a very rare and inoperable brain tumor called DIPG.

She’s had two surgeries and is in the process of  six weeks of daily radiation therapy.

Emma with parents and brothers

“If you knew Emma, she’s the most kind, big-hearted girl,” the girl’s dad Geoff Mertens, of Wisconsin, told Good Morning America. “To see so many people take a few minutes out of their day to put a smile on her face is overwhelming.”

DIPG, or Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, is a type of brain tumor found in an area of the brainstem, according to the DIPG Resource Network. DIPG primarily affects children and most diagnoses occur between five and seven years of age.

Geoff and Tammy Mertens told GMA that Emma loves dogs. Emma’s family doesn’t own a dog, but they often dog-sit for neighbors — something Emma enjoys.

Dogs Weigh In


So far, over 5,000 dogs have “responded” to Emma from around the world. “Hello Emma! My name is Sadie,” one dog “wrote” in the comments section on gofundme. “I’m a girl-dog, and the bigger dog is my older brother, Scooter! We are Boston Terriers, all the way from South Africa! We are super friendly and love to play, cuddle and kiss! Sending you well wishes and LOTS of hugs & licks!”

“This is Spud, the wonder dog! She has had cancer for 4 years now. She is beating all odds! She knows you can too!”


“My name is also Emma, and I am from Missouri.”

“My name is Peppi,” another pup “commented.” “I live in Rovaniemi. Rovaniemi is in northern Finland that also is called Lapland. Santa Claus lives here, he’s almost my neighbor.”

“Hi Emma, my name is Peanut and I just wanted to tell you that you are SO brave! All my best wishes to you!!! Puppy kisses and hugs to you!”



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