By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Feb 27, 2019 at 10:30 AM

Emma Mertens, a 7-year-old girl from Hartland who was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, has requested "letters from dogs." 

According to a gofundme page, last weekend Emma had a normal weekend playing with her brothers, enjoying the snowfall and seeing friends. On Sunday she got a headache and by Wednesday she was rushed into surgery to reduce swelling on her brain. Emma was diagnosed with a rare, inoperable brain tumor called DIPG.

Now, Emma – who adores animals – has requested letters from dogs to cheer her up. We got this, right Milwaukee dog owners?

You can send your dog letters and photos / videos to Emma via snail mail or email.

Emma Mertens
P.O. Box 230
Hartland, WI 53029


Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.