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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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183 Comments

Reply Jennifer McFarling
11:17 PM on April 18, 2012 
Dawn Nelson says...
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.


Dawn, I'm so sorry. I've added her.
Reply Tonya O'Cain
7:38 AM on April 19, 2012 
Wow, what n inspiration you are, Parker. I will tell all 5 of my dogs about your story. 3 of them are therapy dogs, too. My Dad, Dick Britt and neighbor, Vicki Scott fought this dreaded battle and won. Walk on Parker Pup!
Reply Jennifer McFarling
2:47 AM on April 20, 2012 
Thanks, Tonya.
Reply MARYBETH GIBSON
1:01 PM on April 20, 2012 
I THINK THIS IS GREAT PARKER. WALK WITH THE BEAUTIFUL PRIDE THAT YOU HAVE AND BEAUTY YOU HAVE
Reply Joyce Agrella
1:06 PM on April 20, 2012 
ParkerPup says...
Thank you so much Parker!! Dakota will Live in my heart forever! I can honestly say he saved my life! I now have another Golden Jackson who is being trained to walk in Dakota's paw prints


Thanks, Amanda!
Reply MARYBETH GIBSON
1:20 PM on April 20, 2012 
PARKER WOULD YOU PLEASE WEAR THESE NAMES ON YOUR VEST? THEY BOTH ARE WONDERFUL PEOPLE AND VERY MUCH LOVED. JANICE CLENDENON AND GREG LARGE, PHARMACIST
Reply Mark Branch
2:18 PM on April 20, 2012 
Please add my brother Andrew who is fighting prostate cancer. Thank you.
Reply Jennifer McFarling
10:48 PM on April 20, 2012 
MARYBETH GIBSON says...
I THINK THIS IS GREAT PARKER. WALK WITH THE BEAUTIFUL PRIDE THAT YOU HAVE AND BEAUTY YOU HAVE


Thank you, Mary Beth.
Reply Jennifer McFarling
10:49 PM on April 20, 2012 
Joyce Agrella says...

I'm so glad you were able to find Jackson, who I'm sure was pivotal in helping you to heal.
Reply Jennifer McFarling
10:50 PM on April 20, 2012 
MARYBETH GIBSON says...
PARKER WOULD YOU PLEASE WEAR THESE NAMES ON YOUR VEST? THEY BOTH ARE WONDERFUL PEOPLE AND VERY MUCH LOVED. JANICE CLENDENON AND GREG LARGE, PHARMACIST


I've added them to my vest -- thank you for sharing with me.
Reply Jennifer McFarling
10:51 PM on April 20, 2012 
Mark Branch says...
Please add my brother Andrew who is fighting prostate cancer. Thank you.


Added. Best wishes to him -- my dad went through it, and he is now 6 years cancer-free.
Reply Elda
4:52 PM on April 21, 2012 
Dear Parker, last week I sent you my Mom's name because she's battling breast cancer. But just yesterday I received the devastating news that our 12 yrs old golden retriever, Faith, has lung cancer and its very advanced. My heart is broken in a million pieces. She's been my faithful friend for all these years..... Could you please add her too? Thank you Parker, from the bottom of my heart!
Reply Jennifer McFarling
3:20 AM on April 22, 2012 
Elda says...
Dear Parker, last week I sent you my Mom's name because she's battling breast cancer. But just yesterday I received the devastating news that our 12 yrs old golden retriever, Faith, has lung cancer and its very advanced. My heart is broken in a million pieces. She's been my faithful friend for all these years..... Could you please add her too? Thank you Parker, from the bottom of my heart!


Oh no. Elda, I am so sorry. My heart goes out to you. Of course, I will add Faith to my vest project, and wish for the very best for her. Will think of you and Faith as we walk. Hang in there.
Reply Carol
10:37 AM on April 23, 2012 
Please add "Mister" to your vest. We lost him to cancer almost 4 years ago
Reply Carol Fryar
10:40 AM on April 23, 2012 
Parker please add "Mister" to your vest. We lost him almost 4 years ago to cancer. Thanks --
Reply Carol Fryar
10:42 AM on April 23, 2012 
Parker, please add "Mister" to your vest. We lost him almost 4 years ago to cancer. We still miss him every day. Thanks --
Reply Carol Fryar
1:01 PM on April 23, 2012 
Please add "Mister" to your vest. We lost him almost 4 years ago to cancer.

Thanks
Reply Jennifer McFarling
11:54 PM on April 23, 2012 
Carol Fryar says...
Please add "Mister" to your vest. We lost him almost 4 years ago to cancer.

Thanks


Aww, thanks, Carol. I've added Mister.
Reply Carolyn
11:00 AM on April 25, 2012 
These have lost their battle: Sharon, Tom, Kathy
In hospice care: Sue
Terminal: Toni, Peggy & Truffles
Survivors: Joy, Caroline, Ellen
Reply Amy Wurst
9:58 PM on April 26, 2012 
Best of luck this weekend! Thank you for doing this, Parker. What a great way to honor our loved ones - human and furry ones - who have fought this horrible disease. If you are able to, please add a name for me... KC was my Golden Retriever who passed away from lymphoma 3 years ago when she was only 5. Her strength and courage inspired me to begin volunteering with the National Canine Cancer Foundation. I miss her every day. I am so lucky that she loved me on this earth for as long as she could. I will tell her brother Spike of your story. Xoxo