But thanks to flyers that have gone viral on Facebook, some new furry friends have boosted Emma’s spirits.
"Attention dog parents!!" reads the flyer. "Emma Mertens is a 7-year-old little girl who is terminally ill and wants comfort in the form of letters from dogs. If you are interested, you can help by sending a letter from your dog. This can include written letter[s] or emails and can even have photos or videos attached."