• WATCH: Nurses won't let Hurricane Irma ruin birthday for 3-year-old with leukemia

    By: Sarah Elsesser, Palm Beach Post

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    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A 3-year-old Florida girl nearly had her birthday celebration ruined.

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    She was diagnosed with leukemia on Sept. 8, just two days before her birthday — and the day Hurricane Irma was poised to strike her home.

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    Willow Stine, who lives in Wesley Chapel, rode out the storm with her mother at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, but because of Irma it meant no birthday celebration for Willow — or so her mother thought, according to CNN

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    “I was like, I don't know how much more I can take,” Willow's mother, Jennifer 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.” 

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    But then nurses from the hospital surprised Willow with a birthday party. They wrapped up newly donated toys and got Willow a cake, CNN reported. 

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    “The nurses were amazing. They're so wonderful,” Stine told CNN. “[Willow] got to be a toddler again.”

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