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Restaurant Opens Early For 3-Year-Old Girl With Leukemia

Dan
Dan
February 13, 2020

A restaurant's kind gesture to the family of a young leukemia patient is going viral. Adelaide Stanley has had a tough go of it in her three years of life — but a little bit of kindness has gone a long way.

Hospital stays are the worst.

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Adelaide and her family, who live in Texas, have spent a lot of time in the hospital over the past few years as Adelaide undergoes treatment for leukemia.

Adelaide deserved a treat.

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The three-year-old's favorite restaurant is J. Wilson's in Beaumont, Texas. In fact, this photo of her as a one-year-old was taken at J. Wilson's. It's clearly one of her happy places.

It's tough for Adelaide to leave the hospital.

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Since she has acute lymphoblastic leukemia, her mom says that a simple cold would put her in the hospital. That means that crowded, germy environments like restaurants are usually a no-go.

J. Wilson's came through.

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Adelaide asked her mom if she could go to J. Wilson's. Her mom mentioned it to a friend, who reached out to owner John Wilson. Wilson has happy to accommodate Adelaide by opening the restaurant earlier.

It was a special meal.

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"They used to come to brunch here all the time before [Adelaide] was diagnosed with leukemia," restaurant owner John Wilson said. "They had been in confinement pretty much since July."

The doors opened bright and early.

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On January 26, Adelaide and her family arrived at 8:45 a.m. — well before the restaurant's regular opening time of 10 — to enjoy a sumptuous brunch feast.

Adelaide ate her favorite meal.

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She ordered scrambled eggs, bacon, and homemade biscuits.

"Seeing her smile, just knowing we could give her a little sense of normalcy was great," said Wilson. "It's something we all felt fulfillment from."

Just look at that smile.

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"It meant so much," said Adelaide's mom, Vanlam Nguyen. "They did not have to go above and beyond like that." To cap it all off, the meal was provided gratis. If all goes well, Adelaide should be done with treatment by next September.

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