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.
The Canine Cancer Hero for the 2018 PuppyUp Lake Norman Walk is Cody Hurst. His story is shown below.
Cody recently retired from being a therapy dog with Pet Partners due to battling T-Cell Lymphoma. He has been a therapy dog for the past two years for the House of Mercy, a charity that provides residential care for low-income individuals living with AIDS. He has spent the last two years helping others battle a horrible disease and is now battling his own. Currently, Cody is in remission and continues his chemo treatments to help maintain his remission for as long as possible.
Cody is a fighter – he has lived with double hip-dysplasia his whole life but never let that slow him down. He has an amazing personality that brightens anyone’s day and always has a smile on his face and is fully of affection and love, even on the days he’s feeling the effects of the chemo.
His owner, Chantelle Hurst states, “I am so very proud of him in the way he handles his treatments, he goes in and comes out of the oncologist’s office in the same way, with his tail wagging and a giant smile on his face. He has been the one comforting me through his battle with cancer, when it should be the other way around. He is my hero.”