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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