Little Z Gets Cancer Free!

This is Zoey. She's a 2-year-old Golden Retriever, and the light of her crazy mom's life, as you can see in the following photos. On Monday, August 27th, her mom felt a small bump behind her ear and took her straight to the vet, where they did a biopsy and diagnosed her with canine cancer.

Exactly one month ago, Miss Zoey consumed half of a corn cob and had emergency surgery to remove it from her stomach. That surgery cost upwards of $6,000. Tomorrow, Zoey is having surgery to remove the mast cell tumor from her ear. Her doctors are confident they'll be able to remove the tumor, but she will potentially lose part of her ear. Once removed, pathology will stage it and determine how aggressive the cancer is and if she will need additional surgery, chemotherapy or radiation. The estimate for Zoey's surgery tomorrow is $4,000, and she may need additional care after.

Kelsey, Zoey's mom and my best friend, was hesitant to let me create this campaign. Her exact words were "Are you sure this is appropriate? Obviously I'll pay it, even if it takes my whole life," which is exactly the reason I know these two deserve all the help we can give. As a dog owner, you don't exactly prepare for the possibility of having to pay over $10,000 in one month for emergency veterinary bills, but their time together isn't even CLOSE to up, and they should be able to enjoy every minute they get together over the coming years.

Kelsey brought Zoey home to our shared apartment Memorial Day Weekend two years ago, and she quickly became my Golden Retriever's sidekick. She's an absolute maniac, but the sweetest, cutest and most loving maniac to ever exist. That light is certainly not going to burn out anytime soon. 

If Zoey's surgery goes well and no further surgery or treatment is needed, Kelsey would like to donate any additional money that's left to PuppyUp or the National Canine Cancer Foundation. Even while going through this herself, she's thinking about how she can help other people going through the same thing. An hour ago she texted to tell me she's hoping to participate in a Canine Cancer Walk with Zoey in September.

I'll be updating this page when we hear how Zoey's surgery goes tomorrow,  and again on Monday when we know the results of the surgery, so check back for an update! Thank you so much for your help. I've had several people reach out to me directly over the last few days, and I know Kelsey has already received a lot of sweet messages and calls, and it means the world to her. Keep Zoey and Kelsey in your prayers! These two are an unstoppable duo, but they need a little help from us right now. 

Love you Kels & Z! Kick cancer's ass!

Lauren & Crosby


  • Susan Thomas 
    • $100 
    • 48 mos
  • Hayley Ambroson 
    • $20 
    • 48 mos
  • Brenda Bommel Larson 
    • $25 
    • 48 mos
  • Bridget Black 
    • $75 
    • 48 mos
  • Victor Carrera 
    • $25 
    • 48 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Lauren Oldson 
West Des Moines, IA
Kelsey Staten