On August 1, 2021, we noticed Ellie, an 8-year-old Golden Retriever, had a tumor on her right shoulder. The size was alarming, it was the size of a baseball. We immediately got her looked at by her vet who then referred us to a board-certified surgeon. Diagnosis took multiple consultations with two surgeons and two oncologist. Eventually she was diagnosed with Histiocytic sarcoma, an uncommon but aggressive cancer of dogs. This cancer is so rare that there is barely any information about it and most oncologist don’t know how to properly treat it. Histiocytic sarcoma tends to spread fast but her CT scan showed no signs of spread yet. Because of its location at first the surgery meant an amputation so they could get big margins. We kept looking for surgeons in hopes of finding someone that has worked with HS that could treat her without the amputation.
On October 15 we were able to meet with a surgery team out of state that is willing to do surgery without the need of amputation. Ellie was given a surgery date for November 22. We were able to find a surgeon that is willing to attempt the surgery without removing her limb. She will still need to get chemotherapy after the surgery and she needs to have a recent full body CT scan two weeks prior to surgery. This is the best possible outcome for Ellie. While the costs are still very high - this means she gets the tumor out of her sooner than later.
Please help us save Ellie. Any donation you can afford would make an unbelievable difference. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Thank you for your time,
- Ellie’s family
Edit: We raised the goal to 13,500k due to the GoFundMe fees. Truthfully, the doctor estimated 15k without the radiation that was originally needed before surgery. November 12 she has her second round of chemotherapy and November 22 she will have her surgery and hospital stay. We will provide receipts and updates as her treatment continues. THANK YOU
Edit: I know this is a short edit but wow. Thank you, thank you for making a tough time much more hopeful. Thank you