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Hurricane Irma was no match for these nurses.

Perri Ormont Blumberg
September 12, 2017

The nurses at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg weren’t about to let Irma get in the way of celebrating an adorable Florida girl’s third birthday.

On Friday, September 8th, then two-year-old Willow Stine was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. With Hurricane Irma menacing, however, her mom Jennifer couldn’t pick up presents or a cake for her daughter’s birthday that Sunday.

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"I was like, I don't know how much more I can take," Stine told CNN. "My baby's turning 3 and has cancer and on top of that my 4-year old daughter and husband are an hour and a half away in a hurricane. I'm just trying to process all this."

Deservedly overwhelmed, Stine also knew she couldn’t make the trip home to Wesley Chapel with the unsafe weather conditions. But the caring hospital staff was ready to step in and make sure Irma didn’t derail a special day for the young girl.

The team banded together to put together an impromptu birthday party the girl and her mom would never forget. Kelly Boyd, a child life specialist, and other hospital staff wrapped gifts from the hospital’s stock of new toy donations and surprised the girl with a cake that read “Happy Birthday Willow.” Visibly thrilled—just see her hand swipe in for some frosting!—watch bubbly Willow in a video of the celebration below.

The heartfelt gesture wasn’t lost on mom, either. "The nurses were amazing. They're so wonderful," Stine shared with CNN. "She got to be a toddler again."