Speed Reads

It wasn't all bad

Strangers shower young cancer patient named Daisy with daisies for her 11th birthday

When Daisy Anguiano Miranda walked into the lobby of Nebraska Medicine in Omaha and saw hundreds of birthday cards and gifts, she couldn't believe what was in front of her.

"I looked shocked and wanted to faint, but I knew I couldn't," she said. "I'm so happy." Strangers from across the United States sent Anguiano Miranda presents as part of a campaign called "Daisies for Daisy," started by Ashli Brehm. Brehm, a breast cancer survivor, met Anguiano Miranda during treatment, and when she discovered the child had been diagnosed for the second time with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, she wanted to do something special for her.

Brehm asked readers of her blog to send anything daisy-related to the hospital, so Anguiano Miranda could be surprised on her 11th birthday. On April 9, she went through all of the gifts — including paper daisies, seeds, art supplies, and blankets — and cards she received, and even shared some of the flowers she had been sent with other patients. Catherine Garcia