By Kay Recede
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KANSAS CITY, Missouri (KMBC) — What started as simple post-it notes on a hospital window turned into something much bigger — a mysterious friendship that helped a 5-year-old battling cancer get through his treatments.
“We’d say, ‘Who do you think is there?'” said Liz Mixdorf, Meyer’s mother.
Meyer battles a brain tumor and spends more than six weeks in Children’s Mercy Hospital. His family started making Post-It Notes art for his window. One day they appeared at a window of another hospital across the street.
“Your mystery friends have changed the window again,” Mixdorf said.
On the other side is Truman Medical Center/University Health.
“Just do something fun,” says Johnna Schindbeck, a Truman Medical Center/University Health associate.
The staff noticed the work so they started to return the favor.
“I know there are kids out there and I don’t know what they’re going through, and if I can make them laugh a little, that’s all that matters,” said Cheryl Gray, an associate at Truman Medical Center/University Health. .
With Meyer on the eighth floor of the Children’s Mercy Hospital and the nursing staff on the eighth floor of the Truman Medical Center, it became a frequent Post-It Note art exhibit.
“Every morning he would jump out of bed as soon as someone switched and he knew it,” Mixdorf said.
For weeks, the two sides exchange photos and messages.
“Other patients on the floor also enjoyed it,” Mixdorf said.
The artwork made a boy smile through a situation where it can be difficult to find one.
“We’d love to say he’s cancer-free and I hope I can say that soon,” Mixdorf said.
Meyer’s family checked out at Children’s Mercy and met the TMC employees who matched Post-It for Post-It with them. Meyer left a final note, “CU later. Thanks.”
Meyer had his final scans at Children’s Mercy Tuesday morning. The family hopes to get it back soon. They’re going back home now, to Arkansas.
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