Local vet starts charity to help dogs with cancer

GRANGER Canine Cancer Care is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families dealing with sick pets.

The organization was founded in Michiana, in part by Dr. Amanda Cunningham, a former veterinarian in Granger. Dr. Cunningham was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2012. The effects were debilitating, and meant she could no longer practice medicine, but the disease didn't stop her from making a difference.

The former vet is now focusing her efforts at the charity, which aims to accomplish three goals: raise awareness, educate families and provide funds for those who cannot afford cancer-related treatment.

"It's something not everybody can afford," said Dr. Cunningham. "Depending on what the pet needs, there's surgery, there's chemotherapy, there's radiation. Sometimes a pet with a certain type of cancer needs all of that, so that can easily get up to $10,000 or so."

The organization will raise what they are calling "Dodger Funds," through activity-based events, taking place nationwide. The first local event will be in Granger at Villa Macri in July. The funds will not be available until November, 2014, but people nationwide are encouraged to apply.

For more information about how to access Dodger Funds or to learn about Canine Cancer Care, click here for the website.

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