Please help Roger with his cancer treatment

Please help if you can, my sister Leah’s beautiful Ridgeback Roger, who is only three years old, has been diagnosed with aggressive Lymphoma (cancer). Unfortunately, due to recently being made redundant from her apprenticeship, Leah is unable to cover the whole cost of the treatment herself. Half of the cost has been paid already, but Leah is getting to a point where there are literally no funds left to help Roger and he is mid-chemotherapy treatment. Leah has always had pet insurance for Roger but the claim limit has been reached and they will not fund any more treatment. Despite having what she thought was a comprehensive policy for Roger (costing nearly £100 a month), the single claim limit was only £4,000 which was reached before Roger even started his chemo, due to the various tests and vet stays.

Roger is everything to Leah, he is her best friend and they do everything together. During lockdown when she was living alone and isolated Roger became even more important to her. Despite looking like a rugged big beastie, Roger is the most beautiful, loving dog and is her baby. They go running, to the woods, the beach, days out and even sleep together (she said she’d never let that happen, but it didn’t take long!). He is a member of our family.

At the moment Roger is going into remission after four weeks of treatment, but as with most cancers his progress has to be taken day to day. Roger is having chemotherapy and is on steroids and needs another 12 weeks of treatment to complete his course. Any more time Roger could have with us is a bonus (of course, always bearing in mind his quality of life). Leah would never let Roger suffer unnecessarily. So far the cost of Roger's treatment has been £9,000 which has been covered by the insurance and personal funds from friends and family.

When Leah found out the news she was obviously devastated having only recently lost our brother unexpectedly, our family was already at a low ebb, we have all found this very difficult to deal with and been supporting each other as best we can.

Bearing in mind how young Roger is, when Leah took him to the vet because he had a bad tummy and he was drinking too much water, this was the last thing she ever expected. As you can imagine there have been many tears, but Roger is a very clever boy and we don’t want him to know anything is wrong, so we try to keep happy and upbeat around him and give him lots and lots of love.

Anything you could spare to help Roger would be so very much appreciated, without continuation of the chemotherapy the outlook for Roger is bleak.

We realise many people have had a difficult time recently so appreciate anything you can offer to help Leah and Roger in his ongoing battle.

Thank you x

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Victoria Mabey 
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