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In memory of Bogey, thank you Ian!

January 1st, 2014 · 3 Comments



We received this beautiful handwritten letter with a donation from Ian in memory of Bogey. Thank you so much!
We are thinking of Bogey too.


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Moose added to Sponsored Dogs

August 23rd, 2013 · 2 Comments



Moose is a purebred Golden Retriever born November 8, 2012. In May, I made the discovery of what I thought was Moose’s swollen glands due to allergies. That however was not the case, Moose was diagnosed with Lymphoma. I cannot begin to explain the emotions that were to come and getting the confirming call from the vet saying he had cancer: I was working at school and excused myself to take the call…I just broke down….and then pulled myself together and continued on with working….I did cry the whole way home and don’t know how I made it home. Cancer had already affected the lives of my loved ones and I was not going to take my then, 18 month old puppy!

My vet did a lot of research and found a clinical trial being done at the Veterinary Cancer Center in Norwalk, CT right out side of New York City. I took Moose down to see the facility and meet with the vet who happened to also be the co-owner. He confirmed what I already knew, and I decided to allow Moose to participate. The trial was a blind study and Moose received two injections of a mystery substance to which I might never know if he indeed received the drug. I had the amazing help of my parents and family friends who offered to drive and co-poilot Moose down for his appointments. Moose was amazing throughout the whole thing and was never sick and never stopped eating!

Six weeks ago Moose began the most expensive form of chemotherapy treatments. I know it was the only option. It will cost ultimately $10,000 if Moose continues to keep the stride he has been, not including the gas to get us to his weekly appointments.

Moose has the best personality and aims to please! He loves to chase balls and go for rides with his head hanging out the window. He is amazing with all the children that I work with and has been my light at the end of my darkest days. Moose has shown me so much through this process and as they say at the Vet Cancer Center “Maybe he is the one, the one to make history” and for those of you who know me, you know that’s what my goal is!

— Amanda

The CCA Board of Directors has allocated $500 to help pay the costs of Moose’s treatments. Please help Moose receive the treatment that he needs. Any sponsor donations made on behalf of Moose will be used to pay unpaid invoices and the checks will be sent directly to Moose’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


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Sadie added to Sponsored Dogs

August 11th, 2013 · No Comments



My younger daughter and I adopted Sadie, a/k/a Bean, from the City of Columbia Animal Shelter in April of 2007. According to the shelter she was four months old and had been picked up with two other puppies just walking down the road. We could not resist her long basset body and sweet terrier face! Sadie was a terror as a puppy, destroying shoes, furniture, and pretty much anything else she could get a hold of! With a little training Sadie became the sweet, lovable dog she is today.

Since my daughters are grown and away from home, Sadie has been my company and my walking partner. One day while scratching under her chin and down her neck I felt a lump about the size of a large marble. A couple of days later, I felt two smaller lumps. I wasn’t too worried since I work as a receptionist at a veterinary hospital and we have lots of patients with benign fatty tumors. I took Sadie to work with me on Thursday, June 20th and one of our vets did a fine needle aspiration. The next day the doctor took me aside and told me Sadie had lymphoma. I was devastated. The thought of losing my sweet Bean was horrible and depressing and I cried the rest of the day. We scheduled an appointment with the oncologist for the following Tuesday who confirmed the diagnosis, Stage III lymphoma, and told me about the treatment options. To give Sadie the best chance, I opted for the CHOP protocol. I lost my job three years ago and have only been able to find part-time work so I had no idea how I was going to pay for Sadie’s chemo. I prayed that I would find a way.

I started doing searches on the internet and found Canine Cancer Awareness. I was amazed there was an organization that would consider helping. The day I got the email saying they had approved my application I was overjoyed! What a huge relief it is to know that my sweet girl will have the best chance possible.

— Juliana

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


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Deuce added to Sponsored Dogs

August 5th, 2013 · 8 Comments



Deuce will be 8 years old in October, diagnosed with grade II mast cell tumors in May 2013.

We sometimes think of Deuce as our housewarming gift. When we purchased our first house we already had 2 dogs, Roxy, a pit bull who is now 12 years old and Zipper, a rescued pit bull terrier who is now 11 years old. While in the pet store, my husband was deciding what new fish to add to our tank, I wandered back to the puppies for sale. It was then that I seen this cute little pug puppy sitting in the cage all by himself and of course I couldn’t leave without him. Deuce got to spend our first Christmas in our new house together as a family.

On a regular scheduled visit to the vet we noticed a red swollen lump on the inside of Deuce’s ear. We thought maybe he had been bit by something. The vet recommended Benadryl and to keep an eye on the swelling. A few weeks later we went for a follow up as the lump was still there. The vet then suggested we have the lump tested for cancer. After waiting for what seemed like eternity we got a call letting us know that it was a mast cell tumor and because of its difficult location she needed to refer us to an oncologist to find out our next steps. I was in shock. Deuce showed no signs of being sick. He is always full of energy, running around, playing with his brother and sister (Roxy & Zipper) and has always been our door greeter. He loves to go for walks and always has to have a leg to lie on.

After visiting the oncologist we were overwhelmed with all the options for testing, medications, surgery, and treatment and could only think about how we were going to afford it all. Doing nothing wasn’t an option. We will do all that we can for him that our funds allow so that he can have the longest and most comfortable life possible. To some his is just a dog but to us, he is our son!

Since diagnosis, Deuce has had surgery to remove 7 mast cell tumors. He does get a little sick with sedation and anesthesia so recovery takes a little longer but recovery has went well. He hasn’t missed a beat and you would never know that he was sick other than his battle wounds (scars). In the weeks to come, with the help from Canine Cancer Awareness, Deuce will begin chemotherapy. Please keep him and everyone else that has had to deal with this horrible disease in your thoughts and prayers. We could not do this without all of the support from our friends and family.

We can’t thank Canine Cancer Awareness enough with us already having spent over $4,000, using the resources available to us we are beginning to wonder how much more we can do.

Thank you for your support,

—Crystal, Josh, Deuce, Roxy & Zipper

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


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Victoria added to Sponsored Dogs

July 11th, 2013 · 1 Comment



Our seven year old Rottweiler, Victoria, loves to go camping and boating with us. During a recent camping trip she accidentally fell off the boat and would not move her leg. We immediately took her to the nearest vet where X-rays showed her hind left leg had a fracture where a fracture is uncommon for healthy bone. A mass showed in the X-ray and we were given the terrible news that it was likely osteosarcoma. Repairing the fractured bone was not an option.

After a biopsy confirmed the diagnosis we were faced with the most difficult decision we’ve had to make in recent memory: say goodbye to our little girl or amputate the leg to remove the tumor and follow up with chemo therapy treatments to avoid/delay the spread of the cancer into her lungs. As we cried in desperation she came out of the bedroom limping but with a smile on her face and licked us both. We knew then she had too much life left in her and we could not let her go. We would do everything we could to extend her time with us and preserve the quality of her life. That’s when we decide to proceed with amputation and chemo in spite of it meaning incurring a huge debt.

Her leg was amputated on June 18, 2013 and she had her first chemo treatment 10 days later. She has recovered from surgery beautifully and can do almost everything she did before. She tolerated her first chemo treatment well without any serious side effects, only her appetite decreased a little. We still have a long road ahead of us and pray that our Victoria will beat the odds and be with us for a few more years. We are thankful to Canine Cancer Awareness for their contribution to her treatment.

—Steven and Griselle

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


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Help Canine Cancer Awareness by Submitting your Favorite Recipe

July 10th, 2013 · No Comments

Dear Friend,

Canine Cancer Awareness is excited to announce the launch of our largest fundraising project ever. We are preparing a taste-blasting custom cookbook featuring best and favorite recipes from people who would like to help Canine Cancer Awareness make the book a resounding success.

Our cookbooks will be professionally published and contain special pages of interest, a table of contents, an index, helpful cooking hints, and recipe category dividers. Our goal is to ensure that the cookbook be special enough that it will be treasured for years to come.

The cookbook will include a section for dog treats and trusted dog recipes so your recipes do not have to be for two-legged eaters.

We are asking you to submit 3–5 of your favorite, trusted recipes to us. In addition, if you have tried and trusted recipes that you have made for your dog, please send these along for inclusion.

The DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS is August 15, 2013.

We are looking for recipes in the following categories:

  • Appetizers & Beverages
  • Soups & Salads
  • Vegetables & Side Dishes
  • Main Dishes
  • Breads & Rolls
  • Desserts
  • Cookies & Candy
  • Dog Treats


When you submit a recipe, please include:

  1. Recipe Title
  2. Category
  3. Your Name

Please include an email address to us in case we need to contact you for clarification on a recipe you have submitted.


We ask you to submit your recipes in two sections:

Section 1: Ingredients

List all ingredients in order of use in ingredients list.

Include container sizes, e.g., 16-oz. pkg., 24-oz. can

Section 2: Directions

Directions will contain the information about how to assemble the ingredients and how to prepare the recipe.

Keep directions in paragraph form, not in steps.
Use names of ingredients in the directions, e.g., "Combine flour and sugar."

PLEASE DO NOT use statements like, "Combine first three ingredients."

Include temperatures and cooking, chilling, baking, and/or freezing times in directions.

Please send your recipes to Canine Cancer Awareness at

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Cody added to Sponsored Dogs

July 20th, 2012 · 2 Comments



Cody is a 5 year old Shetland Sheepdog diagnosed with Lymphoma.

Cody is the light of our life. He makes each day worthwhile to keep going in our situation. He is our inspiration. He walks around the house everywhere I go acting as my eyes as I am legally blind. He’s there to lay his head on my lap whenever I am having a bad health day as I am diabetic and Stage 4 kidney failure. He is what we call the worker bee as he constantly follows his dad around the house assisting in fixing odds and ends and painting as well as mowing the lawn and gardening. Cody loves to run and play in the backyard with our older dog Ike as well as make a statement at any dogs he sees on television. Its always humorous to be in the other room as various commercials he knows the tunes to and has to run full speed into the room in order to catch his favorite commercial. So when the news came about him having Lymphoma it devastated us. He is my companion as I can’t go anywhere with my eyes as well as my health and my husband just got laid off from work. We can’t make any payments on the mortgage, our resources have depleted as we have sold whatever we have to pay for Cody’s treatments as well as Ike’s knee surgeries. Life seems to have hit us hard and it’s harder to know that soon we have to give up our treatment as we can only go so long on not eating properly in order to cover his medical costs as well as mine. Any donation would be a miracle to us. We believe in pay it forward and hope one day when we get our feet back on the ground that we can take care of others as others take care of us. Thank you for your compassion and prayers.

Cody has completed 8 weeks of treatment and has 11 more to go. We hope he will be in complete remission at week 19 and won’t need any more treatments. He is finally starting to eat again as well as become our snuggler and affectionate little boy. He is still really out of it, but our hope is that he can become a survivor one day.

We can’t afford the upcoming bills for treatments as we have to pay after each one. Any assistance to keep a fighting chance for our Cody would be a lifetime of thank yous for the joy he gives us.

— Pamela and Thomas

The CCA Board of Directors has allocated $600 to help pay the costs of Cody’s treatments. Please help Cody receive the treatment that he needs. Any sponsor donations made on behalf of Cody will be used to pay unpaid invoices and the checks will be sent directly to Cody’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


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Tigra added to Sponsored Dogs

April 29th, 2012 · 1 Comment



Tigra is a 9 1/2 year old Pitbull diagnosed with Stage IV-V Lymphoma.

tigra came into my life, at the exact moment when i needed her most. she was the sweetest, cutest pitbull puppy, and her sweet cuddly personality made her even more irresistible. she was about 11 weeks old, and she quickly became my shadow and my constant companion. she went everywhere with me. the bond was established from day one.

we have been thru every single up and down together over the past 9 1/2 yrs. divorce, car accidents, illnesses, and a move to a place where i knew not one soul.

the day that i noticed the lumps in her neck, my heart stopped. i knew what this was, but still was hoping the vet would say differently. on friday feb.24, 2012 her diagnosis came in… i was referred to a vet in my town that did chemo, and i was able to get an appt that monday. we discussed everything and being that she was healthy still – eating, drinking, playing, and all her normal activities. there was no question of whether or not i would treat. this vet wanted us to see an oncologist that she works closely with. he is over 2 hrs away – but it was necessary to get him on board with tigras case. the oncologist appointment was the very next day. so we were up early and drove to the specialty hospital to see the oncologist and get all her testing done. i knew tigras spleen was already involved, i could feel that it was swollen in her abdomen. but like i said she was still very healthy. the oncologist examined her and said she looked great, weight was good, and she definitely was a healthy happy girl. she was staged at IVa. which is where i expected her to be staged at. we discussed her protocol – and she was going to get her first chemo treatment that day… Then my whole world crashed !!!! the oncologist had went in to get tigras first chemo treatment done, and not even 5 min later walked back out to me with a very strange look on her face. she simply said something has changed. i couldn’t breathe !! they took me back into a room and told me tigra was bleeding internally and dying !!!!!!!!! WHAT!!!!!! NOO this was not happening… she was healthy, we were going to be going home soon. this was not happening!!

i had 5 minutes to decide if she lived or died… in 1 min i screamed NO SHE IS NOT DYING LIKE THIS!!!! SAVE HER !!! they let me see her for a minute before she went into surgery. she was soo cold. inside her ears were blue, her gums and tongue were white. but she wagged her tail when i walked in. i kissed her and looked into her eyes and told her its not her time. that she could get thru this. again her tail wagged. i was brought back to the room we were in and i was on the floor in a fetal position hysterical, knowing that my girl was in for the fight of her life. thank goodness my mother had driven us up there, i would never have been able to deal with this alone. my entire family knows this dog is my world… this could not happen.

the surgeon came out almost 3 hrs later to let me know how things went. they were not good. they lost her twice while on the table, but this amazing dog rallied herself back. she lost 3/4 of her blood and required 2 double whole blood transfusions, plus a plasma transfusion. her spleen had completely ruptured, she did not have much time left at all when they got in there to get the spleen out. the surgeon cautioned me that they really couldn’t say if she was going to make it thru the nite. it was now about 10 pm, i was 2 1/2 hrs from home and my soul was fighting for her life. i was not leaving that hospital !!!! around 11pm they allowed me to see her. she looked so weak. but her eyes fixated on me. she knew i was there even tho she was heavily drugged up. again i kissed her and told her … ur a strong girl, u have soo much living to do still. i couldn’t stay with her, but when i walked away from the ICU i was numb! i couldn’t absorb what this day had turned into. i was now having to worry about her crashing thru the nite.

the next morning they told me she had a good nite and that she had gotten up and when they opened her cage she wanted to come out. she actually pooped on the floor !! they were amazed ! when i got in to see her, i could not believe my eyes. she stood up, wagged her tail and came out and laid back down on my lap. she licked my mom, she licked my face and then took a nap. i laid there with her for almost 3 hrs. i knew then she was going to be ok. i finally felt ok about going home ( 2 1/2 hrs away ) i basically went home and slept and then drove my mom’s car back up there to see her. that day as i waited for them to call me back – my miracle happened!! she came strolling out on a leash with the tech and she was smiling from ear to ear. her big pitbull grin was the most beautiful thing i had ever seen. i was allowed to take her outside for a walk, i knew that this girl was a fighter and was not going to let any of this stop her from living her life… she still had a lot of lizards to catch. we walked and talked and walked some more…we then went back inside and we spent the next 2 hrs in a visitation room. she ate for me and drank water and we took a nap together… by the next day – she was going to be coming home. the entire staff at VSH of the carolinas is amazed at the strength of this dog. just 2 1/2 days prior, she was dying! and now she was back to her happy go lucky herself and going home.

so that next day she got her first chemo treatment. and we were on our way HOME!!! my life was complete again.

then the reality of finances hit me. i am disabled and collect a small monthly check to rely on. i never ever in my wildest dreams thought i would be dealing with the nightmare we just went thru. how on earth was i going to pay for any of this. my ex husband helped with her surgery and i had a small availability on care credit. we decided that my vet here in my town would do most of her chemo treatments and once a month i would go to the oncologist for her adriamycin treatment, full check up, and whatever testing she may need.

so long story short… she is now into her 7th week of treatment. she has not had one side effect, has been in remission since the 3rd week and has not skipped not one beat of enjoying here life. i know with all of my heart that every decision i have made regarding tigra’s health in the past 2 months were absolutely the right ones. she wants to live and she has proved that to me beyond and doubt i may have had. she is happy, healthy and loving every second of her life ( and her food bowl lol )

if it were not for canine cancer awareness, i don’t know how i would be able to pay for the treatments at the oncologist. when we go to her next appt up there, i can breathe a lot easier knowing that the kindness and generosity of the donors and canine cancer awareness have helped… i can not begin to put into words how much it means to me. thank you thank you thank you !!!!!!!!!!!

the greatness of a nation and it’s moral progress, can be judged by the way it’s animals are treated. GANDHI

The CCA Board of Directors has allocated $500 to help pay the costs of Tigra’s treatments. Please help Tigra receive the treatment that she needs. Any sponsor donations made on behalf of Tigra will be used to pay unpaid invoices and the checks will be sent directly to Tigra’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


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Kahlua added to Sponsored Dogs

April 29th, 2012 · 3 Comments



Kahlua is a 10 year old Labrador mix diagnosed with Anal Sac Apocrine Gland Adenocarcinoma.

Almost 10 years ago a co-worker asked me to help her find a home for a little puppy living on the street in her niece’s neighborhood. Her niece would leave food out for the neighborhood dogs, and only this puppy would come over to eat. This lovely 12 year old girl decided to ask her neighbor (who owned the dog) if she could find a home for the puppy. This was summertime in Arizona in 110 degree heat and the puppy was sleeping outside, under a truck. The original owner said she could find a new home for the puppy. I thought I had the perfect candidate and told her I was happy to help.

I met up with my co-worker and her niece to pick up the puppy. Unfortunately the family I had in mind informed me they wanted a dog with all of its shots and papers. So there we were. I pretty much fell in love with her instantly anyway, so I took her in as my own and named her Kahlua – my second job was in a bar and everyone had dogs named after liquor, i.e. Bailey, Stoli, Jameson… I promised Kahlua from that day on that I would always do whatever I could for her.

Kahlua was malnourished and had tapeworms when I brought her in to the vet to begin her shots and paperwork. She recovered well and quickly and has been healthy ever since.

Kahlua came to me after a very difficult time in my life. A few years prior, a boyfriend died in a car accident, leaving me numb and alone. All I did was work. I wouldn’t or couldn’t let anyone get close to me. As a flight attendant, traveling kept me busy and lonely. When Kahlua came into my life she changed me. There is nothing like a creature who just wants to be with you. She was so skittish at first, but after doing some reading, I learned to hold her against my heart. If she could feel my calmness, then she would be calm. 10 years later, we still sit like that, when I come home from a trip. She is like a child to me and at the same time, she has been an incredible friend, like no other. I consider her a soul mate. These last 10 years have been filled with fun and laughter. She is the silliest, most loyal, sweet, love bug ever. Still running faster than me on our walks and fooling everyone about her age. To look at her, no one knows she is 10 years old and I thought I still had many more years ahead with her. We have enjoyed many road trips together, throughout Arizona and California. She loves car rides! We enjoy bringing her to restaurants with patios that allow pets, and she is just a huge part of my family.

When I got her diagnosis of anal sac adeno-carcinoma I was devastated. It was an incidental, shocking find at the vet’s office when I brought her in for a visit. There were no signs of her being sick. This diagnosis came only weeks after my own father was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. I am overwhelmed to say the least. My father asked me to stay home in Arizona with Kahlua while he undergoes his own radiation (he is in NY, where my amazing mom and his doctors at Sloan Kettering Memorial are taking good care of him). While there is little I can do to help my father right now, I have to do all I can for Kahlua. Since Kahlua’s diagnosis, she has had surgery to remove the tumor, (which her speedy recovery from has everyone hopeful) has all ready completed 2 weeks of radiation and will move forward with 2 more weeks, and shows no signs of slowing down. She, I guess, doesn’t know she’s sick. Following radiation, will be chemotherapy. I am doing everything I can for her, like I promised.

Many people ask if it’s worth the cost, and I can’t think of doing anything less. She is the love of my life. Where someone looks at her and sees a dog, I see her soul.

When seeking advice, a good friend whose own dog died of cancer, told me she didn’t know if she would do it again. I told her she could say that now, because she did all she could. If she hadn’t, she’d wonder for the rest of her life, what she should’ve done differently. I’ve been so blessed with Kahlua, and wonderful friends offering many prayers of support for both me and her. I am grateful for any prayers said for her recovery, as well as my father’s. Thank you for your support.


— Melissa

The CCA Board of Directors has allocated $500 to help pay the costs of Kahlua’s treatments. Please help Kahlua receive the treatment that she needs. Any sponsor donations made on behalf of Kahlua will be used to pay unpaid invoices and the checks will be sent directly to Kahlua’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


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Lucy added to Sponsored Dogs

April 26th, 2012 · 3 Comments



This is Lucy’s story. She is a 5 year old yellow Labrador who has always been vibrant, full of joy and never sick a day in her life, until recently, her journey took a fork in the road we certainly never expected… cancer. She is the love of our lives and constant companion to our 6 year old yellow Labrador, Maxx. Our world turned upside down.

Her name, Lucy, means light and indeed she is the brightest of lights. We have always said that her eyes are so bright that she only sees beauty and knows pure joy. Although she cannot speak to us in words, she most assuredly speaks to us loudly with her faithful devotion and her exuberant love of life. She wholeheartedly embraces life to its fullest.

The first sign was that she was drinking a lot of water. On Monday, February 20, 2012, we took her to the vet to find out what would cause her to be so thirsty. We had no clue that she was very sick and would soon be hospitalized (for ten days) fighting for her life.

That week turned into one nightmare after another as the doctor ran tests and gave us possible diagnoses. By Wednesday, she began to get sicker and was vomiting and would not eat. Her blood test that day revealed elevated calcium levels and kidney levels approaching the danger zone. That was the first day we heard the “C” word as the most likely cause of her sickness but an ultrasound was needed to verify that diagnosis. An ultrasound was scheduled for the next day.

Driving home from the vet that day, (crying my eyes out), I felt completely powerless to help Lucy. As if my car were in auto-pilot, I drove to my church, with Lucy in tow, and asked for prayers for her. People gathered around her and we all prayed. As the difficult days continued, we continued to pray (and cry). It has been the prayers and encouragement from others that has given us strength to face each day.

The ultrasound revealed enlarged lymph nodes near her kidneys and a biopsy was done and the waiting began for the biopsy report to confirm what we already suspected. Lucy continued to decline (her kidneys were failing) and on Saturday she was hospitalized so that she could receive IV fluids. We were told that she would likely not live more than a week or two. How could this be happening?

Finally, Monday, February 27, 2012, the biopsy report confirmed Lymphoma. Just 10 days before this, we had hiked 5 miles and Lucy and Maxx were running all over the trail happy as can be.

During her hospital stay, she almost died from kidney failure which was indirectly caused by the cancer. Lucy was fighting for her life, yet had such a great attitude. She quickly became everyone’s favorite patient. She seemed to take it in stride much better than we did. We were devastated and grief stricken – she somehow “knew” she needed to be there and still had light in her eyes. It was so hard to believe how very sick our precious girl was.

Once we had the official cancer diagnosis, chemotherapy began. At that time we learned that she had several strikes against her: Stage IV Lymphoma (an aggressive form), hypercalcemia and acute renal distress. She was in the hospital for ten days because of renal failure. We believe it was a miracle that she even made it home and certainly is a miracle that she is still with us. When she came home, we expected to have a very short time left with her but our brave girl has proved that she is a fighter.

She is currently still receiving chemotherapy treatments. The chemotherapy protocol that has been recommended for her type of cancer is the Madison-Wisconsin protocol with a total of 25 weeks of treatments. Her kidneys have not fully recovered so she is on a special diet to help her kidneys heal.

Remarkably, her cancer is in remission, however, in order to have a chance at a longer period of remission, she will need to finish the full 25 weeks.

Her quality of life is good although it is different than before she became sick. She is a little more subdued that she was when she was healthy but she is happy and wags her tail all the time. She has such a great attitude. She loves her walks on the trail and going to the park. She and Maxx are inseparable best buddies as they always have been. She has had some nausea and weakness from the chemo but overall responded very well.

We hope to be able to continue her treatments so she can have the best chance of continued remission with a good quality of life. The financial burden is huge and we have already incurred debt to our limit and wiped out our savings. We have had to consider that we might be forced stop treatments even though she is responding well because we will not be able to afford it.

Just last week, we reached our credit limit with the Care Card and have been praying for a way to continue her treatments. This week, we received notice that the Canine Cancer Awareness was awarding us $500 toward her treatments. This gave us hope! Thank you! We are so grateful for this generous gift and also to have the opportunity to tell you her story and be featured on the Sponsors Needed page. Prayers were answered!

Lucy’s light is still shining bright! We call her Lucy, brave and mighty Princess Warrior – fighting a ruthless foe, cancer. She will participate in her first Canine Cancer Walk event this upcoming weekend; Maxx walking by her side.

Thank you,
—Valerie and Howie

The CCA Board of Directors has allocated $500 to help pay the costs of Lucy’s treatments. Please help Lucy receive the treatment that she needs. Any sponsor donations made on behalf of Lucy will be used to pay unpaid invoices and the checks will be sent directly to Lucy’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


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