For each PuppyUp Walk, the Event Manager and their Walk Team select both a Human Cancer Hero and a Canine Cancer Hero, to be honored during the Walk ceremonies.
These Heroes are chosen because of their exemplary attitude towards their particular type of cancer, showing bravery and hopefulness in their fight against this terrible disease. One of our Canine Heroes for the 2018 Chicago Walk is Stella. Her story is shown below.
Stella will be 10 years old in a few weeks. She was adopted by her mama 9 years ago when she was just under a year old. She is a happy and very social mixed breed pit bull. Her sweet demeanor prompted her mama to foster homeless dogs in need of a place to rest, decompress and get healthy. She’s been an angel with every single one for the last 4 years. Most recently Stella fostered a 9 year old lab who was heart worm positive, underweight and had a severe case of separation anxiety. She was patient, playful and helped him overcome his issues by being his constant companion for 8 months until his forever home was found. Stella is an amazing representation of the breeds people call pit bulls.
During a bi-annual wellness exam a tumor was found in Stella’s anal sac by her regular vet, Dr. Javorski at Kingsbury Banfield. This is a fast metastasizing cancer, but, due to her regular wellness exams, it was caught early. Her surgeon and oncologist, at Premier Veterinary Group, removed the tumor and she underwent chemo. It’s now been a year since her diagnosis, Stella appears to be in remission and beating the odds. She’s made it perfectly clear her work isn’t done here. There are many dogs that need her help to find their forever homes.