Human Hero

Human 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.

The Human Hero for the 2018 PuppyUp Lake Norman walk is Joanna Patronis. Her story is shown below.

Meet Joanna Patronis, who will serve as one of the Puppy Up Lake Norman 2018 Human Heros.  Joanna has been working at Petco as a dog trainer for the last 4 years. She was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma last June. She was treated at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital and Levine Hospital in Concord. She is now in remission and back working at Petco. She states that her family, friends and her best friend Emma, a Great Pyrenees, provided strength during her fight!

We look forward to honoring Joanna this Saturday!

Joanna and Emma


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  • Sunday, April 30, 2017