Distance wasn’t an obstacle for a young boy and hospital credential admission coordinator who have become friends through their sticky note window pictures.
Meyer Mixdorf, 5, was a patient at Children’s Mercy Kansas City, Missouri, back in May when he made his first “mysterious friend,” Johnna Schindlbeck, a Truman Medical Center employee who works across the street.
His mother, Liz Mixdorf, told Fox News that Meyer was diagnosed with brain cancer in December 2020 and was taken to Children’s Mercy for treatment.
Five months after his treatment, Mixdorf and her husband decided to put sticky notes in the shape of a smiley on Meyer’s window to lighten his mood after a difficult stem cell transplant. The trio never knew that a day later they would receive a winking face in response to their artwork.
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When they finally noticed the Post-it message, the Mixdorfs and Schindlbeck went back and forth and sent each other emojis for a few days.
“It was a really fun, uplifting activity that Meyer was looking forward to,” Mixdorf said.
In the end, the family agreed to “raise the game” and “do something fun,” Mixdorf said. They changed their window design to look like Nintendo’s Mario and again their sticky note graphic was answered with an equally ornate rose.
Meyer and his parents worked their way through other iconic characters including Iron Man, Batman, the Minions, and more. Every creative design they put out was sent back immediately.
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Over on Schindlbeck’s side, she had no idea she was communicating with a pediatric patient, so she recruited office colleagues to help with the more complicated sticky notes. Occasionally she had to order certain colors online or accept donations from friends.
“In the beginning it was just fun,” Schindlbeck told Fox News.
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Schindlbeck and her team at Truman Medical Center realized that their Post-it buddy was a patient when she saw a sign that read Mixdorf on the window that said, “Thank you.” [heart] Mummy.”
It wasn’t long before Schindlbeck caught a glimpse of Meyer through the window and discovered that he was on an oncology floor.
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The sticky notes routine lasted several weeks, while Meyer had to stay in the children’s hospital for his last three chemo treatments, which was a challenge after Mixdorf, since Meyer could not see his four siblings in person or spend time with other patients because the hospital’s playroom is due Temporarily closed from COVD-19.
Schindlbeck and the Mixdorf family, who had to maintain social distance, were able to find Meyer’s room every time they moved, but thanks to the sticky note designs he left on his window.
On July 13, Meyer’s MRI was “clear” and he was discharged from Children’s Mercy, Mixdorf said. He even had the opportunity to meet Schindlbeck and the other Truman Medical employees who made his days more beautiful.
“I knew it was him when I saw him and just started crying,” said Schindlbeck, remembering Meyer’s visit. “I think Liz and I just both had tears.”
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Meyer’s recovery deeply touched Schindlbeck, who lost two older brothers to cancer.
“That was a kind of personal connection for me,” said Schindlbeck. “I thought, ‘Oh my god, I really feel for him and his family’ because I know what it feels like to have to go out at the end of the day or whatever and you just rely on that the hospital staff will take care of it. “
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Meyer is now back home with his family in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, where he can enjoy the great outdoors.
When asked what Mixdorf would like to share with parents about their experience, she said she wanted to remind people that “you don’t know everyone’s story” and that this detail should be considered when “you see someone have a tough time.” Day has “.
“Friendliness goes really far,” said Mixdorf. “And I learn to be grateful for the little things.”
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Schindlbeck, on the other hand, is astonished that a package of Post-it notes and recognition of a smile brought her and Meyer together.
“It didn’t take time, it didn’t take a lot of thought. It just took a good heart and someone who was watching what others might need,” she said. “Just be there, even if you don’t know what to do or say.”