Pizza party brings smiles to cancer patients at Children's Hospital

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- Every week 5 year old
Elaina Whaley has a chemo treatment at East Tennessee Children's Hospital.

Elaina says, "I don't cry when I get it, when I get poked (with needles.)
"It's trying to get the brain tumor out."

She has an inoperable brain tumor, but her spirits are up.

Especially as she designed and bit into her "Mini Murph,"

Jack Stalker, owner of Papa Murphy's Take and Bake Pizza says, "The Mini Murph is a new product from Papa Murphy's. It's a kids' pizza they can build themselves, cook at home and eat."

Papa Murphy's threw a surprise pizza party for the oncology department.

All kinds of pies made the the rounds with the cancer patients', their families, and even staff.

Stalker says it's his way of giving back, "If you ever had a kid in need, you know you depend on East Tennessee Children's Hospital. It's just a great institution and we're happy to support it."

Child life specialist Anna Taylor says treats and guests like Papa Murphy's lighten up a visit to the doc.

She says, "It can be hours that they are here for treatment and they get needles. So, if we can include some fun things it definitely makes their day better."

And you at home can help too.

Papa Murphy's 9 locations are donating one dollar from every Mini Murph pizza kit purchased in their stores to Children's Hospital, during the month of April.

At three dollars a kit, it's an inexpensive way to feed the family and show your volunteer spirit!

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