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Let's fight cancer!!

Posted by Jennifer McFarling on April 15, 2012 at 10:10 PM

I want to help find a cure for cancer! My dad had cancer 6 years ago. My family lost 2 goldens to cancer.



A little background about me if this is your first time here: I'm a golden retriever, a professional model/actor, a registered therapy dog and an agility pup. I currently work with a program called Read to the Dogs at the library. When I was evaluated for my therapy work, I was approved to work in 'complex' environments. Because of this, I will also be working with children's oncology, which means I will be visiting children in the hospital who have cancer. My family chose this kind of work for me because of how cancer affected their lives. We want to help make a difference to someone who is going through a very scary time.



According to the American Cancer Society, about 1,638,910 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2012. It is the second most common cause of death in the US, exceeded only by heart disease. This means cancer is the cause for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths.



It doesn't just affect people. Cancer affects animals, too.




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I am traveling from my home in Portland, Oregon in a little over a week with my dad and my girl to visit California. I will be participating in the Morris Animal Foundation K9 Cancer Walk on Sunday, April 29 in Elk Grove, California. I mentioned I will be walking for YOU -- we've all been affected in some way or another.





SO... I've got my Sharpie pen and a lot of blank space. Give me the names of who I am walking for! A doggy that's fighting cancer right now, one that fought and lost the battle, one that won. I'm not picky, I'm against cancer of all types -- if you have a 2-legged friend you'd like me to walk for, give me that name as well. If I run out of space, I've got 2 big pockets that I will fill with names.


Will you help me fill my vest? If you have friends who might want me to walk for them, will you share my Facebook page with them?


My cancer campaign will be highlighted on Facebook. I'll be posting photos of my entire trip, and I'm taking all of you with me in spirit. Let's fight cancer!!


IF you would also like to make a donation (not necessary for me to walk for you), I'd highly suggest The Morris Animal Foundation OR the American Cancer Society. The links provided are to my fundraising pages on both sites. If you have a cancer organization you would prefer to donate to, please do. We're hoping if we can strike just a little bit of added awareness, it might generate more who might be willing to help. This would mean more research, and more hope for a cure. Thank you for being a part of that. ♥


Read on to see the status of my vest -- and remember, if it fills up, it doesn't mean I can't walk for someone. Give me a name and I will carry any and ALL additional names in my vest pockets.


4/15/2012 8:30pm:

 


4/16/2012 8:00pm:



4/17/2012 9:00 pm:





4/18/12 8:00pm:



4/19/12 9:00 pm:


I'll have more detailed photos of the vest up later -- for now, we're starting to fill up pockets. <3 The fabric will have a nice border sewn onto it to match the vest. Still taking names!

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46 Comments

Reply Katie Berryman
11:41 PM on April 16, 2012 
Hi Parker,

Will you walk with my little guy Ralphie's name on your vest or in your pocket? He is in remission for lymphoma.

Thanks for all you do!
Reply Jennifer McFarling
11:53 PM on April 16, 2012 
Katie Berryman says...
Hi Parker,

Will you walk with my little guy Ralphie's name on your vest or in your pocket? He is in remission for lymphoma.

Thanks for all you do!

It would be an honor. I've added Ralphie's name to the vest. Please give him my best wishes.
Reply Donna Beckert
12:22 AM on April 17, 2012 
Please add Tia Reid, she lost her battle last week :( Thank You ~
Reply Donna
12:30 AM on April 17, 2012 
Please walk for Tia Reid she lost her battle last week ~
Reply Becky Castellano
10:08 AM on April 17, 2012 
Hi Parker, Would you put our beloved Millie's name on your vest? She went to the Rainbow Bridge two years, four months, and two days ago from Henamgiosarcoma. We are making a donation to the Morris Foundation.
John & Becky....
Reply Kathleen Tucker
12:43 PM on April 17, 2012 
Will you add Pastor Cindi Greene to your vest, she is a mom of 5, grandmother of 4 and a foster parent to 3 currently and the senior pastor of our home church, Ithaca United Meth. She has beat her breast cancer!!
Reply Jennifer McFarling
9:02 PM on April 17, 2012 
Donna says...
Please walk for Tia Reid she lost her battle last week ~


It's been added. You're in my thoughts and prayers.
Reply Jennifer McFarling
9:03 PM on April 17, 2012 
Becky Castellano says...
Hi Parker, Would you put our beloved Millie's name on your vest? She went to the Rainbow Bridge two years, four months, and two days ago from Henamgiosarcoma. We are making a donation to the Morris Foundation.
John & Becky....


Consider it added.
Reply Jennifer McFarling
9:05 PM on April 17, 2012 
Kathleen Tucker says...
Will you add Pastor Cindi Greene to your vest, she is a mom of 5, grandmother of 4 and a foster parent to 3 currently and the senior pastor of our home church, Ithaca United Meth. She has beat her breast cancer!!


Kathleen, it's been added. We'll keep her in our thoughts and prayers and wish for the best possible outcome.
Reply Nancy Ulman
11:31 PM on April 17, 2012 
Please add the name of my friend Sherie Hildreth. She created the Sherie Hildreth Ovarian Cancer Foundation in Portland. The Foundation has given more than $380,000 to OHSU to support research for gynecological cancer. Sherie is gone now but she created a legacy that will live on.
Reply Jennifer McFarling
12:03 AM on April 18, 2012 
Nancy Ulman says...
Please add the name of my friend Sherie Hildreth. She created the Sherie Hildreth Ovarian Cancer Foundation in Portland. The Foundation has given more than $380,000 to OHSU to support research for gynecological cancer. Sherie is gone now but she created a legacy that will live on.


Nancy - what an inspiration. I just added it to the vest. This is very special -- OHSU is such a great learning hospital. Thank you.
Reply Lori Conkle
9:57 AM on April 18, 2012 
Good Morning Parker! You are such an inspiration!! Will you walk in loving memory of my Grandmother, Dora Marcella Young? She died at the young age of 41 of Colon Cancer. Thank you for all that you do!! You ROCK Parker!!
Reply Joan Parker
10:03 AM on April 18, 2012 
In Memory of Connor Who Was 13 Years Old When We Lost Him To Cancer.
Reply Joyce Agrella
10:39 AM on April 18, 2012 
Hi Parker..could you please me Joyce Agrella to your vest..I am a 3 x Cancer survivor and also my Service dog Dakota passed away from Cancer June 12th, 2010 it would mean so much to me if you could also add his name..I miss him more then words can say..He helped me fight this awful disease 3 x and win
Reply Amanda Strickland
4:52 PM on April 18, 2012 
Thank you Parker Pup for all that you do! I love you and following you all of the time. My grandad, Dick Britt fought cancer and won. Please add him to your list! Good luck with your walk.
Reply Jennifer McFarling
8:48 PM on April 18, 2012 
Lori Conkle says...
Good Morning Parker! You are such an inspiration!! Will you walk in loving memory of my Grandmother, Dora Marcella Young? She died at the young age of 41 of Colon Cancer. Thank you for all that you do!! You ROCK Parker!!


So sad. :( Thank you -- I've added her.
Reply Jennifer McFarling
8:49 PM on April 18, 2012 
Joan Parker says...
In Memory of Connor Who Was 13 Years Old When We Lost Him To Cancer.


Oh no. :( I've added him.
Reply Jennifer McFarling
8:50 PM on April 18, 2012 
Joyce Agrella says...
Hi Parker..could you please me Joyce Agrella to your vest..I am a 3 x Cancer survivor and also my Service dog Dakota passed away from Cancer June 12th, 2010 it would mean so much to me if you could also add his name..I miss him more then words can say..He helped me fight this awful disease 3 x and win


So glad you beat it 3x! I like hearing that. I'm sorry about Dakota. I've added you both.
Reply Jennifer McFarling
8:51 PM on April 18, 2012 
Amanda Strickland says...
Thank you Parker Pup for all that you do! I love you and following you all of the time. My grandad, Dick Britt fought cancer and won. Please add him to your list! Good luck with your walk.


Thanks, Amanda!
Reply Dawn Nelson
9:53 PM on April 18, 2012 
Can you add my dear sweet foster golden, Bella, to your vest? Ella lost a very short battle with a very aggressive cancer on March 18, 2011. Even though she wasn't "technically" ours, she was very much a part of our family, and we miss her every day.