Canine Hero

Canine Hero

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. 

Introducing Cooper

The Falvey family rescued Cooper in 2015 at the age of 10 from a local high kill shelter. Cooper came with a host of ailments suggesting neglect, but his heart was full of love and forgiveness. His forever family is thankful every day that we found each other.

With excellent care from The Veterinary Hospital of Davidson and his family’s love, Cooper recovered from most of his ailments, including a chronic tick-born illness.

In July 2018, Cooper was not feeling well. A trip to the vet revealed a mass in his abdomen. Unfortunately, Cooper was diagnosed with an inoperable intestinal sarcoma that has a history of recurring. After discussing the options with the vet, they decided to treat Cooper’s cancer holistically in combination with traditional medications. Many of the medications Cooper takes are also used to treat cancer in humans.

Fifteen months later, Cooper is leading a life full of happiness, love, and mostly good days. He still chases squirrels, begs for treats, and thinks 58 pounds is not too big for to be a lap dog.

They are eternally grateful for Cooper, his vet team, and all the research done to date that helps him lead his best life every day.


  • Sunday, April 30, 2017