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Terminally Ill Girl Wishes For Love Letters From Your Dog

Emma Mertens

Emma Mertens, a young girl in Wisconsin, is fighting for her life after being diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, and she’s asking for help from our furry friends.

According to her GoFundMe page, the 7-year-old was recently diagnosed with a rare and inoperable brain tumor known as a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).

Mertens was just playing with her brothers in the snow like every other child when she got a headache and started experiencing symptoms similar to the flu. Within just days she was rushed to the hospital for a surgery to reduce her brain swelling, and now she’s waiting for six weeks of daily radiation therapy.

One of the thing that can always brighten Emma’s day is a dog. Emma has found comfort in visits from therapy dogs and dog friends throughout her treatment.  There is one thing that Emma is asking for from strangers across the country. She wants to hear from your dogs.

This devotion to dogs has caused many pet parents who’ve heard Emma’s story, to send messages of encouragement from their canines to the 7-year-old. Word of Emma’s love for dogs has quickly spread across social media, leading to an outpouring of doggie love letters from around the world.

If you have a dog love letter you would like to give Emma, you can send your message to the address or email below.

Emma Mertens
PO Box 230
Hartland, WI 53029


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