New nonprofit is inspiring hope for humans, companion animals dealing with cancer
MADISON, Wis. — I have spent a couple days trying to write this story for the web. A few words are typed then deleted, over and over again.
I think I’m having problems with this because this kind of hits close to home and honestly, I’m tired of it. This shouldn’t be anything new to your eyes, or ears for that matter, but CANCER SUCKS.
A good friend of mine told me recently that “there are heart families and cancer families.” Mine is a cancer family. And I’m old enough to know far too many people and animals who have or are dealing with this terrible disease.
This story is about a group of people. Most of whom, I’ve gotten to know over the years and boy, am I lucky! They are genuine, kindhearted, loving, generous, caring, strong, determined, and when they are together – powerful.
They understand what cancer can do to people and companion animals. Together, they started an organization named after a Great Pyrenees named Czar. I had the honor of meeting Czar many years ago. He was different. There was something truly special about him and there aren’t any words to describe his presence, his energy. While Czar comforted the youngest patients battling cancer and other illnesses through the Pet Pals program at what was then called UW Children’s Hospital, Czar later succumbed to bone cancer himself.
But not all hope is lost. His mom, Beth Viney of Blue Mounds, turned the loss into something as magnificent as Czar. She made a promise to continue to fight for other companion animals and children dealing with cancer, and with her friends, they founded Czar’s Promise.
There is no other organization with a mission like CP in the entire country, and I’m positive that Czar is leading this charge against cancer from the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. I’ll let the video tell you the rest of Czar’s story.
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