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Aki added to Sponsored Dogs

April 9th, 2012 · 2 Comments



Aki is a 4 year old Akita mix diagnosed with Stage IIIa Lymphosarcoma.

Aki’s story is one of triumph over tragedy.

After losing my father to Alzheimer’s several years back, I felt a void in my life. Being single and on my own, I was searching for something to fill that void.

One day shortly after my father’s passing, while I was out in the front yard, a young women strolled by my house with a beautiful brown puppy. She explained that she was a foster mother to rescued animals. She said that “Aki” (an Akita/Lab mix) was rescued from a shelter just days from being put down. She also told me that he had been hit by a car and that he had sustained a broken front leg but that it had healed and she was looking to place him with someone that could give him the TLC he deserved.

The foster mother asked me if I would like to “try Aki out” for a few days to see if I would be interested in adopting him. Since that day in 2007, we have been together constantly. We have brought amazing amounts of joy to each other. We run, swim, drive, camp and just plain pal around together. In short, Aki is truly my best friend.

About a month ago while I was wrestling with Aki, I noticed two asymmetrical lumps in his neck area. At only 4-years old, I figured it was a simple infection. I took him to the vet to see what kind of infection he had. That’s when I was told the devastating news that Aki had Lymphoma Cancer. I broke down in my vet’s office, disbelieving what I had just been told.

I immediately went to work on keeping Aki alive. I scoured the internet and spoke to countless professionals and friends in seeking help for Aki. I found a great oncologist here in San Diego, applied and received a Care Credit and immediately put him on the Madison Protocol chemotherapy.

I am ecstatic to report that after one-month, Aki is in full remission of his cancer! However, Aki still needs to complete all of his chemotherapy sessions for another few months and my Care Credit is almost up. That’s when I turned to CCA for help.

Because of CCA’s incredible donation toward Aki’s care, I can now continue his chemotherapy protocol and keep him alive! I cannot thank CCA and their incredible benefactors enough. You have made two souls here in San Diego forever grateful.

— Lance & Aki

The CCA Board of Directors has allocated $1000 to help pay the costs of Aki’s treatments. Please help Aki receive the treatment that he needs. Any sponsor donations made on behalf of Aki will be used to pay unpaid invoices and the checks will be sent directly to Aki’s vet.

To help sponsor treatment, you can click on the PayPal donate button below or send a check to:

Canine Cancer Awareness, Inc.
44 Devoe Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211


Tags: Lymphoma

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lance and Aki // Apr 3, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Thanks to CCA, Aki has survived over the one-year mark! What a gift it has been to have him still here. During this time, we have grown closer and he has taught me so much.

  • 2 Amy // Aug 14, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    How is Aki doing today? Hopefully still going strong…

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