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October 26, 2021

Restaurant Opens Early for 3-Year-Old Girl with Cancer Who Can't Eat in Public Due to the Illness

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A hearty meal and a full belly can put a smile on anyone's face. This is why, when an eatery went the extra mile for a family shocked by an unexpected cancer diagnosis, the collective heart of the internet melted. 

In 2020, mom Vanlam Nguyen took to Facebook, praising a restaurant for their effort to provide her 3-year-old daughter Adelaide Stanley with a sense of normalcy, even if it was just for a meal.

J. Wilson's is located in Beaumont, Texas, and acts as a regular hangout for Adelaide and her family, including the toddler's father, Jordon Stanley. However, when red spots began to form on the little girl, it wiped out any chance of them having their traditional Sunday brunch. 

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Adelaide Stanley and her loved ones dining at J. Wilson's restaurant [left]; Adelaide Stanley smiling while dining at J. Wilson's restaurant [right]. │Source: facebook.com/vanlam.nguyen.528

In 2019, the little girl was taken to the doctor. On the day she turned 3 years old, medical professionals diagnosed her with a rare form of cancer called Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. The toddler's mother expressed

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"To any parent who hears a doctor say that, [your] heart just stops." 

This disease meant that Adelaide had to stay isolated. To make things worse, one day, when she and her dad rode past their favorite restaurant, she asked if they could eat there. Heartbroken, Stanley told her no, but neither he nor his baby knew what was in store.  

Individual commenting on a Facebook post by Vanlam Nguyen. │Source: facebook.com/vanlam.nguyen.528

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Surprising the family, J. Wilson went out of their way to accommodate Adelaide, opening up early and cleaning the eatery spotless. This gesture was so the little girl and her family could enjoy a meal together at their favorite spot. Taking to Facebook in January 2020, Nguyen partially wrote

"Adelaide was so excited! We miss the food and the environment! Thank you J. Wilson's, Paula (manager)."

The restaurant also chose to provide the meal at no cost. In the same post, the mother highly recommended J. Wilson's to her Facebook friends and followers. 

Individual commenting on a Facebook post by Vanlam Nguyen. │Source: facebook.com/vanlam.nguyen.528

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The post became highly popular, with many complimenting and praising the eatery for their generosity. One social media user, Carina Kirk, penned

"This makes me love J. Wilson's even more than I already do. Incredible gesture from a hometown, family restaurant."

Some commented on how cute the little one was. In total, Nguyen's share received just under a whopping 1,500 likes and just over 100 comments. 

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Commenting, General Manager Paula Breaux said that she loves seeing the children enjoying themselves in the facility, and the decision to surprise the family was a no-brainer. She heartily expressed:

"This is what we're here for, we're here to take care of our customers."

At the time, it was said that Adelaide was on her road to recovery, stating that she could, if she responds to treatment correctly, be cured entirely by September 2021. With a smile as adorable and bright as hers, we certainly hope this turned out to be the case. 

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