Cancer has to be one of, if not, the most feared words of our lives now with our dogs as well as ourselves. One of the first thoughts that comes to mind is:- I hope it's not one of my dogs. Unfortunately so many owners hear those words from their vets, and their whole lives come to a standstill. How long will my beloved four-legged friend survive? And will he/she die from this? Is there any treatment or help for them?
I have personally experienced utter devastation when my golden retriever Hollie died from a tumour in her heart on 23/12/2008. Sadly, there is no treatment when cancer strikes in the heart. But for many, treatment is improving with research. But research needs funds and that is why Zoe's Journey UK is supporting The Animal Health Trust (AHT) Canine Cancer Research Unit to help find a way and a better understanding of cancer in dogs, so we can help them.
My name is Jayne May, and I set up a JustGiving fundraising page in January of this year to help the AHT. I called it Zoe's Journey UK. The reason being, in August 2013 my golden retriever Zoe was diagnosed with Lymphoma. It was discussed with my vet; Steve Tasker of Watkins and Tasker Veterinary Group, that we would go down the chemotherapy route in the hope of saving Zoe's life. Without chemotherapy Zoe would have died in a matter of weeks. However, with chemotherapy there were still no guarantees, but at least there was a chance. There was a time where there was no hope at all for lymphoma, but now we have chemotherapy, we need funds to help the AHT research into all cancers, that sadly take these dogs away from us so quickly. Lymphoma is one of the quickest killers, but there are others too. They shouldn't just die when we can help research.
After 20 months of chemotherapy in February 2015, Steve Tasker discharged Zoe, at the age of 13 and a half years old, as clear of lymphoma. She now has her life back. But for every Zoe, thousands don't make it. This is why this website is being set up, for you to support us in aiding the AHT helping these dogs with cancer.