Dear Dog and Cancer Fund Donors:
We have just been notified that we have been awarded a $1,000 grant to treat our beloved Boxer, Gracie! God is truly watching over Gracie, and watching over us. Our beautiful Boxer, Gracie, is on her 3rd chemo treatment for lymphoma – we have been worried sick since we found out on March 7 – I will never forget that day. She started having wetting accidents and we brought her in to our vet for what we thought was just a urinary tract infection, but turned out to be cancer. We love this dog like we love our grown children. Gracie is a 6-1/2 year old Boxer who is unbelievably gentle, loyal and loving – and wild and crazy and fun like Boxers are. She came into our lives a year after we lost our first Boxer at almost 12 years old, and at a time when our children had left the nest to pursue their own lives – she was just what we needed to fill the void. If you look at her picture you will see that she is wearing a red scarf from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) oncology clinic where she is receiving her cancer treatments. The University of Wisconsin has the most wonderful school of veterinary medicine – the doctors and the staff are second to none! Gracie was so lucky to get Dr. Kathleen Tsimbas as her treating veterinarian. Dr. Tsimbas is a veterinarian from Australia who is continuing her studies in oncology at the U of W. She is the most kind, caring and lovely doctor I have ever met. She spent a lot of time with us helping us understand cancer in dogs – especially lymphoma – and what our treatment options were. We have not only been worried sick about Gracie’s illness, but worried sick about how we would pay for her treatments. We already have over $3,000 in vet bills and have had to open two new charge cards to cover the costs of her treatments, as well as the expenses of traveling 10 hours every 3 weeks to get to the oncology clinic at the University of Wisconsin. This grant from your wonderful foundation and donors has given us another ray of hope – the hope that we can continue her treatment and keep her with us for as long as God is willing. This is a dog who has brought our family so much joy that the thought of not having her in our lives just makes us feel so sad. We are so hopeful that this chemotherapy treatment, along with the wonderful doctors and staff at the University of Wisconsin, will enable us to keep her well, and continue to have a great quality of life filled with food, fun and love. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you and God bless you all – sincerely and with great appreciation, Brenda and Steve Ammel, our Pug, Ruby, and a very, very special thank you from our Boxer, Gracie.