First, let me set the scene…
Whether you know someone who had cancer, or you had it yourself, cancer is an unfortunate reality in many people’s lives. I’ve personally known (too) many people with cancer – my sister, my parents, my grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles and several friends.
First, I want to share a personal story about my journey with cats and cancer. I’ll keep it brief. When my sister had cancer in 2014, it affected so many people: her husband, her kids, her friends, her family – and her pets. Shortly after she started treatment, she was hospitalized from complications. I took custody of her senior cat, Elaine, to allow her to focus on her grueling treatment and the subsequent healing process.
Elaine had late-stage kidney disease and required a lot of care. And there was no way I was giving up on Elaine – she had been a constant companion to my sister – by her side for 17 years. My sister made it through her arduous cancer journey and I thank God every day for her.
Where Elaine was concerned, my sister was lucky. Not everyone has someone that they can count on to help their pet while they are battling for their life. Many times, pets are relinquished to shelters – an enormous blow to the person who needs them most and obviously the pets, who are confused as to why they were abandoned.
“It affected so many people: her husband, her kids, her friends, her family – and her pets.”
So, when I was approached by Trish Goldsmith, CEO of CancerCare about their Pet Assistance & Wellness (PAW) Program, I wanted to know more. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Trish to chat about our shared experiences and her groundbreaking program. Interesting to note – Trish is herself, a cancer survivor.
Please take a moment to read about this innovative program including snippets of my interview with Trish. Why? Because CancerCare’s PAW Program changes lives. And frankly, everyone should know about it.
Trish, the CEO of CancerCare, shared so many stories with me that literally had me choked up and in tears – both happy and sad. One such story was of a woman named Fumiko, whose husband, Andrew, was undergoing cancer treatment. Andrew was insistent that they adopt a cat while he was in treatment. Fumiko wasn’t too keen on the idea because the timing wasn’t ideal. Andrew insisted. So they adopted their cat, Franklin. Fumiko says that Franklin saved her life and when you watch the video, you’ll see why.
Watch Fumiko and Franklin’s story below…trust me, you don’t want to miss this.
Sadly, it seems like cancer is everywhere. Some of us have had cancer. Many of us have been a caretaker for someone with cancer…and even more of us know someone who had to fight cancer. Let’s ensure that everyone who might need a precious resource like CancerCare’s PAW Program knows about it.