I am a pet lover through and through and I have a weakness for rescue pets. I
currently have 2 dogs (Cory and Kateri) and 3 cats (Ben, Charlie, and Rudy), all of whom were either rescues or came from abusive homes. All of my pets are
physically challenged with multiple medical issues and I love them all dearly. I
have pasted several pics of my babies so that you can put a face to the name.
If you’ve read The Little Rednecks novel then you may have seen my dedication
page. If that’s the case, then you know that I have dedicated my middle grade
children’s novel to quite a number of Veterinarians. Although The Little
Rednecks is a work of fiction, the dogs depicted on the cover and in the book are mine. Cody, Cory, and Kateri are real but the only magic they have is what they have brought to my life.
In 2008, Kateri was diagnosed with genetic Glaucoma and over the course of two years, despite using every available medical method possible; we were unable to prevent the loss of her sight. She had surgery to remove her eyes and was fitted for new prosthetic eyeballs. As you can imagine, the cost of her surgery as well as treatment exceeded $10,000.
In November of 2010, Cody and Cory were both diagnosed with two types of
cancer within one week of each other. The cancer they had mainly affected a
certain breed of dogs. They both went in for emergency surgery and were given
approximately three months to live. Although Cody went in for chemotherapy,
we couldn’t contain the disease. He passed away on February 12, 2011. My cat, Char Jr. also passed away from blood cancer in 2010.
Unfortunately, there is no chemotherapy that has proved to work for the type of cancer that Cory has. With Dr. Schrader’s guidance, we are using holistic therapy and a balanced diet to try to contain his disease. He is regularly screened and has now beaten the liver cancer and battling bladder cancer. The cost of surgery and treatment for both dogs was close to $20,000 over a two-month period and continues to climb with Cory’s continued treatment. I’m telling you this story because the reality is most people who have pets, could not afford to do what I did in order to try to save my pets’ lives.
NO ONE should have to choose between paying their mortgage and taking care
of their pets. I do not want Cody, Cory, Char Jr. or Kateri’s illnesses to be in vain
and therefore, I have created an organization (CCKFF Foundation) that will assist in covering medical costs, including surgery, chemotherapy, preventive maintenance screenings, as well as any other treatment free of charge for those in need.
A minimum of ten percent of my profit from the sale of anything I write will be
donated to establish the fund. Once we reach $100,000.00, we will begin
dispersing the funds to those in need. Dr. Michelle Bahns is my pets' regular
veterinarian and she has graciously volunteered to sit on the foundation’s board.
If you want to help the foundation, you do so each time you purchase a novel
that I have written. You may also donate without purchasing a book, if you so
desire. If you have donated to the fund, whether it be a straight up donation or
by purchasing one of my books, you may very well have helped to save your own pet(s) life down the road. J
Thank you for your support.
** Donations of any denomination are accepted and greatly appreciated. A receipt for your donation will be emailed, or mailed to you.