We are raising money to help with Sally's lymphoma treatment costs. Dogs are always there for us. Please help us be there for her!
Sally was a stray puppy who wandered shivering, soaking wet and terrified out of the woods into my parents' yard in rural Alabama not so many years ago. My original plan was to get her healthy and find her a forever home, but what I didn't know at the time was that Sally had already picked me.
With her sonorous and distinctive hound bark I named her after the singer in a favorite band, and a few weeks later I brought her with me to California when I moved. In our new home of sunshine and palm trees we have hiked innumerable miles and climbed many mountains, and Sally continues to share her gentle spirit with everyone we meet.
After struggling through the economic hardships of the "˜Great Recession' I began to pay my dues in a new career, with my ever-faithful Sally providing unconditional support through the hardest times. There have been a lot of hard times. I was laid off from my job as a radio producer in November, and my financial situation left me feeling helpless and devastated by the recent news that Sally was diagnosed with lymphoma.
A lot of research and soul searching led to my decision to treat Sally, but chemotherapy is expensive and we could really use your help. Your donation of any amount gives us some much-needed hope that Sally may not lose her life, and that I may not lose my best friend.
Sally is happiest to be wherever I am, and since I am on earth I'm hoping I can keep her here a while longer. The good news is that Sally has reacted very favorably to treatment so far. I can't give up on her and I'm asking you to give a little to keep her light in the world.
Thank you to everyone who donated to the Save Sally campaign!
Thank you as well to everyone who passed it on to other people! Special thanks go out to Joe Jencks and Andrea Moore, both of whom took personal initiative in getting other people to join in.
And extra-double-plus thanks go out to Julie Smith. I'm not sure I've ever felt so supported by a partner. I'm lucky to know you.
It is hard to ask people for money. It sucks. But when someone you love is in peril, all those feelings go out the window. Or you at least ignore them. When Sally was first diagnosed with lymphoma, I was devastated because I didn't have the money to treat her. The oncologist gave her 6-12 weeks to live without treatment, so she likely wouldn't even be here right now if I hadn't taken the chance and asked people to help. And asking for help has been an important lesson in all this.
Through the generosity of people all over the country, I now have the money for Sally's chemotherapy treatment without winding up living in a box under the freeway. We're just over halfway through the treatment protocol and Sally is still doing well. Well enough to bark at skateboarders and try and eat the mailman, both of which pursuits she is attempting as I type this.
Over 140 people donated in the last three weeks, and that's just amazing.
For what it's worth, the fundraising website takes a percentage, so the campaign will remain open and additional donations are more than welcome. Chemotherapy is expensive for dogs and for people... and we have endured both in my family. I just won't be posting something about fundraising every day... and I won't be obsessively checking the GoFundMe control panel every 45 seconds of every waking hour.
I'll keep writing about Sally's treatment process to keep everybody updated about the good their money is doing in the world.
And if anyone wants a visit with Sally, I will be more than happy to arrange a playdate. Sally loves everybody. I do, too.
Thank you. Again.
Dog love and peace,
Joe and Sally
Tomorrow will mark 3 weeks since we launched the Save Sally campaign. The generosity of people I know - and of people I've never met - has given me some faith in humanity. I'm grateful for every penny. And Sally is, too.
Please help us meet our goal. We're almost there! If you can't donate, I certainly get it. Please just pass it on. Thank you, one and all.
(Just look at this face!)
The "donate" button is right over there -->
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Every penny of these donations will be used for Sally's lymphoma treatments - which are going well so far. Her oncologist and I are very happy.
So, please, help us get the rest of the way! If you haven't chipped in, maybe skip a coffee and send $5. Check our couch cushions. Or under your car seat. Or maybe the pocket of that old coat. Even a little bit makes a big difference to Sally.
Unfortunately I'm in a terrible situation with nomoney at all but I wish you all the best luck. My rotweiller had the same cancer, was on chemo for 8 months and passed away late february, 5 days after the last chemo of the treatment and no remaining sign of limphoma left, Take good care of your friend, keep cool and be always around!