On May 8, 2015, we received the diagnosis that we feared the most. Hemangiosarcoma. The word shook us to our core.
We had traveled with Frosty through serious health issues in the past, including bladder stones, glaucoma with eventual complete blindness and eye removal, inflammatory bowel disease and a successful battle with liposarcoma. We had learned to adjust our lives and provide any treatment that Frosty required. But this was different. This was Hemangiosarcoma. It was detected in his spleen and liver. There is no cure. We received a death sentence and were told that Frosty had between two days and two weeks to live. We were heartbroken and numb with fear and helplessness. Thankfully he wasn't in any pain. We took Frosty home and did our best to make the most out of the time he had left. We spent every possible minute with him. We went on plenty of car rides, walks with him in his stroller, abundant snuggle time and he even enjoyed a few puppuccinos. He had several bleeds but always rebounded. Until May 31, 2015, the 23rd day. After sharing a beautiful day with him at one of his favorite places, he had his final bleed and we were forced to say goodbye to our precious boy. We were devastated and our hearts were shattered.
We shared Frosty's cancer journeys on his Facebook page Frosty Strong and continue his page in his memory. He has over 8800 friends from all over the world who fell in love with him, cheered him on, prayed for him during his battles and supported us emotionally through our grief. Last year for his 1st Angelversary they helped us to raise over $4000 for the National Canine Cancer Foundation grant that provided funding for Dr. Pluhar's Hemangiosarcoma Immunotherapy research. We feel that the immunotherapy trials show great promise in the battle against this devastating disease.
We are dedicated to maintaining Frosty's legacy through continued fundraising for Dr. Pluhar's Hemangiosarcoma research. Our goal is to help provide families of dogs with Hemangiosarcoma with hope instead of an automatic death sentence.
As we approach Frosty's 2nd Angelversary, our fundraising goals are even more ambitious. We hope to be able to raise at least $5000 through donations and a series of fundraisers. Your donations to Dr. Pluhar’s Canine Cancer Research Fund at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine are tax deductible. In addition, through May 31, 2017 we will be matching all donations made to through this page.
Please follow Frosty’s page at https://www.facebook.com/FrostyStrong/ for additional fundraising information.