Help JJ Beat Cancer

$23,085 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 466 people in 13 months
JJ is the primary therapy dog at our inpatient Hospice House in Albany, Oregon. She helps support patients, families, visitors and staff. She also is a Crisis Response dog, helping to comfort those who have been affected by crises and disasters. I have been honored to be her partner through our six years and am so very grateful to witness the power of her healing interactions with people. She also has been the conduit for raising awareness, acceptance and knowledge of end of life issues online, reaching out to people around the world.



She was just diagnosed with lymphoma after showing symptoms from a very high blood calcium level.  She will need to start treatment ASAP to get the optimal response. We are waiting on which type of lymphoma it is, but chemotherapy is needed. If it turns out to be a low grade lymphoma, remission is expected to be 2-5+ years. If it is a B-cell lymphoma, remission of 12-18+ months is expected. Dogs handle chemo much better than people often do, with fewer side effects. This treatment will help alleviate her high calcium levels and symptoms. Since this has been caught early, we are hopeful to have JJ around for a lot longer, providing her love and comfort to so many more as time goes on. Chemo treatment is expected to cost $6000-7000, not including ongoing tests to monitor her response.

JJ's story by Subaru

Any help would be beyond appreciated by so many in JJ's life. Thank you for your consideration.
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For those not following Facebook, JJ is now a patient at Oregon State University's and is being treated by their oncology team. We were fortunate to get squeezed into their very busy caseload, as it is closer and they have more to offer than the original specialists we saw. JJ has had two rounds of chemo, though due to low blood counts, won't be getting the third round until next week. There have been some ups and downs, but we know this is T-cell lymphoma even though the biopsy never had enough tissue to confirm this. She has a small mass near her thymus gland in her chest and the high calcium level has resolved after starting chemo. These are classic symptoms from T-cell lymphoma. JJ developed some severe vomiting this week, that has now been attributed to the steroid and we are tapering her off as quickly as we can. Yesterday involved having an ultrasound done as there was concern another organ was involved due to the sudden onset of symptoms (and so long after the last chemo dose). The upside is all of her lymph nodes internally are quite small, including the one at the thymus gland. We are hopeful this means her body is responding to the chemo. Due to your generosity, we have been able to have the tests done that need to and give the treatment she needs. 80% of dogs have no side effects whatsoever, though they also receive much smaller doses (relative to body size) than do people.
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We are incredibly humbled and appreciative of the generosity shown. It is a relief to know we can start JJ's treatment immediately after we have the type of lymphoma narrowed down (later this week). She has made an impact on the world around her and will continue to do so.
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Tina Barnes Jones
13 months ago

When my Mom was hospitalized her favorite day was therapy dog day. When she was dying in hospice her favorite therapy dog and handler came to be with her. What a tremendous gift that was and above and beyond what we expected. When my Mom passed that amazing dog, also a Golden like JJ, got up and went to comfort my Dad.

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Jeanne Marie
13 months ago
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5

JJ To the pooch who gives so much... How can we not give back to you!!! Love Jeanne & Izzy

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Kathleen Cary
13 months ago
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If your campaign raises more than what JJ needs for her care, would you consider donating some of the proceeds to her veterinary clinic, to cover care for animals in need?

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Dawn Zacharias
13 months ago
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3

This so reminds me of 20 yrs ago when my 6yr old Standard Poodle Boz died in 10 days of diagnosis of lymph node cancer. It was so aggressive there was nothing we could do. How far they have come treating this disease. JJ you will not need for anything. Your Facebook friends will help your family take care of you.

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KrisAnne Warren
13 months ago
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3

JJ and her mama do incredible work. JJ has more great things ahead of her, more lives that need to be touched by her :)

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Jan McElvain
13 months ago
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3

Jj Is a very special girl. Whatever it takes and the Lord willing she will do so much more to comfort others.

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Sue Rogers
12 months ago
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2

We pray for a good outcome for JJ. She has given much of herself to help others. We adore her and ask that a God bless her with a little more time on this earth. Thank you, Tracy, for sharing her with her loyal doggie community. Susie Rogers

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Dorthy Gibbs
13 months ago
2
2

JJ we will be praying for you. You were with us on Christmas Eve while visiting my sister there at Evergreen - you knew before we did she didn't have much longer as you laid outside her door and consoled us more than you know.

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Patricia Sherman Dumas
12 months ago
1
1

I am proud to have helped the only creature on Facebook that has moved me. Tracy, your spirit, and genuine care are true happiness. JJ belongs to you, but, I feel she belongs to us all. P. Dumas

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Sandy Rogers Feil
12 months ago
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1

Thanks for keeping us current. JJ is always on my mind. We pray that she will battle this horrid disease and that you and your family will continue to keep your positive outlook and strength as you support her. Hugs and kisses. Sandy Feil

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Dede Siebenaler
13 months ago
1
1

I am so sorry to learn about JJ. My eyes literally filled immediately upon reading the news. My thoughts and prayers go out to JJ, Tracy and family. To those of you questioning, rest assured that if there are any left over monies, she will do the proper thing, by giving to K9 cancer research or to other dogs in need. I have no question at all about that. ♥

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Tammie Feld
13 months ago
1
1

This is amazing.. I'm super happy to see this.. this baby does so much for others and asks for nothing

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Linda Malerbi
1 month ago

JJ...You will be missed.....Love you sweet girl.!!!!

NP
$1,000
Natasha Pereira
1 month ago
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Thinking fondly of all the love that JJ and Tracy shared throughout their lives together, and how much that has meant to everyone they ever touched. Run free, beauty girl. xx

MG
$100
Marna Ginsberg
1 month ago

For JJ, beloved comforter and teacher.

SS
$100
Shari Smith
1 month ago

Grateful to share a bit of your journey with JJ. Thanks for all that you have graciously shared with the online community that followed her and loved her dearly. RIP JJ.

$100
Denise Withers
1 month ago

#barkediem

Tina Barnes Jones
13 months ago

When my Mom was hospitalized her favorite day was therapy dog day. When she was dying in hospice her favorite therapy dog and handler came to be with her. What a tremendous gift that was and above and beyond what we expected. When my Mom passed that amazing dog, also a Golden like JJ, got up and went to comfort my Dad.

+ Read More
Jeanne Marie
13 months ago
5
5

JJ To the pooch who gives so much... How can we not give back to you!!! Love Jeanne & Izzy

+ Read More
Kathleen Cary
13 months ago
4
4

If your campaign raises more than what JJ needs for her care, would you consider donating some of the proceeds to her veterinary clinic, to cover care for animals in need?

+ Read More
Dawn Zacharias
13 months ago
3
3

This so reminds me of 20 yrs ago when my 6yr old Standard Poodle Boz died in 10 days of diagnosis of lymph node cancer. It was so aggressive there was nothing we could do. How far they have come treating this disease. JJ you will not need for anything. Your Facebook friends will help your family take care of you.

+ Read More
KrisAnne Warren
13 months ago
3
3

JJ and her mama do incredible work. JJ has more great things ahead of her, more lives that need to be touched by her :)

+ Read More
Jan McElvain
13 months ago
3
3

Jj Is a very special girl. Whatever it takes and the Lord willing she will do so much more to comfort others.

+ Read More
Sue Rogers
12 months ago
2
2

We pray for a good outcome for JJ. She has given much of herself to help others. We adore her and ask that a God bless her with a little more time on this earth. Thank you, Tracy, for sharing her with her loyal doggie community. Susie Rogers

+ Read More
Dorthy Gibbs
13 months ago
2
2

JJ we will be praying for you. You were with us on Christmas Eve while visiting my sister there at Evergreen - you knew before we did she didn't have much longer as you laid outside her door and consoled us more than you know.

+ Read More
Patricia Sherman Dumas
12 months ago
1
1

I am proud to have helped the only creature on Facebook that has moved me. Tracy, your spirit, and genuine care are true happiness. JJ belongs to you, but, I feel she belongs to us all. P. Dumas

+ Read More
Sandy Rogers Feil
12 months ago
1
1

Thanks for keeping us current. JJ is always on my mind. We pray that she will battle this horrid disease and that you and your family will continue to keep your positive outlook and strength as you support her. Hugs and kisses. Sandy Feil

+ Read More
Dede Siebenaler
13 months ago
1
1

I am so sorry to learn about JJ. My eyes literally filled immediately upon reading the news. My thoughts and prayers go out to JJ, Tracy and family. To those of you questioning, rest assured that if there are any left over monies, she will do the proper thing, by giving to K9 cancer research or to other dogs in need. I have no question at all about that. ♥

+ Read More
Tammie Feld
13 months ago
1
1

This is amazing.. I'm super happy to see this.. this baby does so much for others and asks for nothing

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