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December 11, 2013

Cowan’s cancer crusade

East Texas dog fights disease with help from organization

CHEROKEE COUNTY — Do you love your family pet?

Of course you do. So, what would you do if your beloved pet faced the grim diagnosis of cancer?

East Texas native Renae Toburen received the news recently that her dog, Cowan, had the disease.

"We’d had a large tumor removed on him approximately three weeks prior and had it sent off to a lab for testing to see if it was benign or cancerous," Toburen said. "I’m glad I made the investment to have it tested because no matter how much you want to believe 'it couldn’t happen to my dog' – it most certainly can."

Toburen said when she received the news Cowan had cancer, she was in shock.

"I had gone to the vet that day with nothing but a positive attitude and walked out with my world turned upside down. Cowan was diagnosed with a stage 3 mast cell tumor,"

she said.

Toburen wasn't sure what to do for her beloved pet. Having a limited income caused veterinarian bills to soon become

overwhelming.

So, she got online to search for help. That is when she discovered the Magic Bullet Fund, a group who helps when a dog would not be able to receive treatment without financial

assistance.

MBF was founded by medical animal writer Laurie Kaplan, in honor of her own cancer survivor, Bullet. She authored the book, “Help Your Dog Fight Cancer.” Concurrent with the publication of the book, Kaplan founded the Magic Bullet Fund to help people who have a dog with cancer but cannot afford treatment. To date, MBF has seen more than 170 dogs through

treatment.

"They are really organized, and they have a great support system," Toburen said. "They call and check on your dog and interact with you throughout the entire process. They send you a book about helping your dog fight cancer and they are all in all a blessing."

Toburen immediately applied for assistance. Once approved, Cowan began his fundraising campaign for his cancer treatments.

"A diagnosis of canine cancer is not necessarily a death sentence. Veterinary oncology has made tremendous advances in the past decade and there are treatment options available to those who want to fight their pet’s cancer," Kaplan said in a press release.

The assistance from the MBF works like a fundraiser, applicants have to help earn the money by asking for donations, Toburen said.

Cowan, who is a 7-year-old hound, is still in guarded condition, Toburen said. However, he reached his $200 goal Tuesday morning, Dec. 10, through the MBF.

"I don’t know what I would have done without their help," said Toburen, who is a former Cherokee County resident.

For more information about this organization, visit them online at www.themagicbullet

fund.org.

Donations are tax deductible. MBF operates through donations from individuals and

corporations.



 

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