Willie Needs Lifesaving Surgery

Our sweet boy Willie has proven to be a fighter, and needs your help!

Two and a half years ago, when Willie was only five, he started having seizures, and back leg weakness. An MRI revealed three tumors in his brain that were not operable, and a biopsy could not safely be performed. A spinal tap was completed, but came back inconclusive. Willie’s neurologist concluded the tumors were most likely a rare, and aggressive form of brain cancer called, multifocal choroid plexus. We were absolutely crushed by this diagnosis.

Willie underwent 16 rounds of full brain radiation for treatment. His neurologist was not optimistic, as no dog in documented history with this type of cancer, has ever lived past one year after treatment. We held tight to our faith, and prayed for a miracle.

Willie handled radiation extremely well! His oncologist, and neurologist were completely blown away by how strong Willie grew each day, and was returning to his playful personality. An MRI was repeated, and revealed that Willie’s tumors had significantly shrunk in size, and were dormant, meaning no active inflammation was around them. This never happened to any other treated dog with multifocal choroid plexus cancer!

For two and a half years, we were blessed with our happy, healthy boy, that everyone knew and loved. Willie’s blood work, physical, and neurological exams were coming back perfect. Every single day with him was cherished.

Recently, Willie started having a head tilt, stumbling when walking, and being terrified of noises. We rushed him to his doctors, and an MRI was repeated. It showed the three original tumors in his brain were still smaller, and dormant, but a new tumor had formed in his left ear canal. It burst the eardrum, which was causing Willie’s symptoms. Again, we were filled with complete despair thinking there was nothing they could do.

To our surprise, Willie’s neurologist explained that technology had significantly advanced in the last two years.  A biopsy could now be performed on the brain tumors, and in the ear, to reveal exactly what the tumors were. The biopsies were performed, and it was in fact, multifocal choroid plexus. 

Even though it wasn’t the diagnosis we were hoping for, we found out the tumor in Willie’s ear is operable by a procedure called, total ear canal ablation! It involves removing the tumor, and diseased parts inside the ear, then stitching the ear up on the outside of Willie’s head. 16 - 20 rounds of radiation will be repeated after surgery to halt any further growth, and keep existing tumors dormant.

His neurologist is very optimistic of the outcome, considering Willie’s amazing response to previous treatments. This coming from a doctor who had no hope for Willie two and a half years ago. He truly believes Willie’s life can be saved!

Willie is strong, and wants to live! He has not let this get him down. In spite of everything, he still tries to play, and loves to sit on our front porch, watching the ducks in the pond. He has not once shown an inkling of giving up. WE WILL NEVER GIVE UP ON HIM!

Willie is a pioneer for multifocal choroid plexus cancer. Many doctors are studying his MRI’s, and treatments for teaching purposes to potentially save other dogs in the future! His neurologist said that he has never seen, and most likely will never again see a dog like Willie in his lifetime. He is our one in a million.

We are very grateful to have state of the art facilities close to home to heal Willie, but with advanced technologies, and treatments, comes very expensive bills. We have covered all of Willie’s previous treatment costs. At times it was very hard, but we managed, and it was completely worth it. Asking for help, especially when it involves money is hard, but we will do whatever it takes to heal our boy, and we now need your help. Please help us save this bright ray of sunshine in our lives.

We graciously welcome donations, prayers, and positive thoughts towards Willie. Please share this post, so others can learn about his journey as well. Other dogs can be saved from Willie’s triumphs! 

Thank you so much for taking a moment for our sweet Willie Dinkle. He is our everything, and we are determined to get him through this!

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Lauren Potts 
Columbus, OH
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