Jazzy & Her Mama Need a Hand

If you’re from Bordentown, there’s a very good chance you know Charnel Bohn. And if you know Charnel, you know her megawatt smile and one-of-a-kind laugh. A big source behind that joy she always exudes (besides her friends, naturally) is the mini zoo she has at home – aka her pup Henry and three lovely kitties – Layla, Jasmine and Addy.

Like any good parent, she’s willing to do anything if one of her “kids” gets sick. In this case, it’s 12 year old Jasmine “Jazzy,” the pretty little tabby with a light pink nose and a sideways glance that tends to say, “I’m onto you.” She’s not just jazzy, she’s lovable to the core and she’s sassy when she comes in for head butts galore (yes we rhymed that).

When Jazzy developed a small bump on her lip last year, Charnel took her to the vet to have it removed and we hoped all would be well. Of course that would be too easy. Earlier this year it came back with a vengeance, forming a sizable growth on the size of tiny little Jazzy’s face.

Charnel had an ultrasound performed and they didn’t think it was connected to the bone. To be sure, a full body CT scan was ordered. That’s when the first round of scary news came – nodules on Jazzy’s lungs showed up, which likely metastasized from the first or second tumor.

The consensus was that it needed to be removed right away because the mass was pressing against the muscles in the esophagus which would eventually threaten the poor little girl’s breathing. So the whole mass was removed recently and sent to be biopsied. The biopsy came back late last week showing a pretty aggressive form of cancer - salivary gland carcinoma with metastasis to the lungs.

We know this will likely lead to Jazzy’s demise but there are some treatments that can be done to keep her comfortable until then. An oncology consult is scheduled for this week to find out what those options are.

Those of you who know Charnel know this is battle is personal and she’s going to do all she can to help maintain Jazzy’s quality of life for as long as she can. And that’s where we all come in.

It goes without saying these treatments aren’t cheap. Most of us don’t carry pet insurance because it rarely covers the stuff you really need it to. So Charnel has now laid out close to $5,000. That’s a lot for any single person to handle, especially during these difficult times.

But if we all pitch in, a little here and there, we can help ease the load tremendously to make sure Jazzy has the best quality of life possible and that Charnel isn’t paying off these bills long after Jazzy is gone.51543646_1601346264688653_r.jpeg51543646_1601346313340394_r.jpeg51543646_1601346389905212_r.jpeg


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