Bradley's Emergency Surgery

My name is Steve Duarte, and six years ago I met my best friend Bradley-- a two-month old Pit Bull pup with a couple of white toes. I am starting this Gofundme page for help with Bradley's emergency back surgery.

Two days ago, Bradley was chasing after a ball when he suddenly gave a yelp and ran off under the porch.   When I finally got him to come out, it seemed as though he had hurt his back legs and hips.  I watched him over the next day and night. The pain was getting so severe that he eventually was unable to stand.

I took him to his veterinarian for X-rays.  They sent us to Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital citing a problem with Bradley's back.  At the neurologist's office they discovered a ruptured disc in his spine that was affecting three other back bones and causing blood to clot around broken blood vessels. The neurologist said in order to get Bradley walking again long term, surgery would be required. The total cost is estimated to be over $7,000. 

Bradley has been cared for by many of my friends and family for many years now and I am so grateful for all of their help. I am only asking for any amount that any one is willing to spare, no matter how small. Any donation would be greatly appreciated. The money will be going directly to Bradley's medical bills, including the MRI, surgery and hospital stay that will hopefully get him walking again and living a comfortable life. 

Thank you


  • Rachel Lewis 
    • $50 
    • 46 mos
    • $222 
    • 47 mos
  • Mary Piretti 
    • $50 
    • 47 mos
  • Tim Groves 
    • $50 
    • 47 mos
  • Sharon O'Malley 
    • $20 
    • 47 mos
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Steve Düarte 
Lowell, MA
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