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 hero for the 2019 PuppyUp Madison walk is Daisy Zehe.
Her story is below.Daisy is a 4 year old pit bull mix who was rescued at the age of 1.5 years by her forever mom, Jennifer Zehe.
In October 2018, without warning, Daisy showed unusual symptoms, the most prevalent being a sunken portion of her face. She was immediately taken to a vet who diagnosed Daisy with “Trigeminal Nerve Sheath Tumor”, a condition which usually kills a dog within one year.
Jennifer was given basically 2 choices by her vet. The first would be surgery, followed up with radiation and no guarantee that the tumor could be completely removed. This tumor also has a history of recurring.
The other option Jennifer was given was to approach Daisy’s condition as holistically as possible. With strong support from her vet and plenty of research, Jennifer decided to take this approach, putting Daisy on a raw food diet, and giving her CBD oil, turmeric, and frankincense oil.
Today, four months later, Daisy has shown signs of improvement and no decline. She has regained about 90% of the muscle in her face which she had previously lost, and she is a happy, healthy pup who loves to eat!
We can’t wait to meet Daisy and Jennifer as our 2019 PuppyUp Canine Cancer Hero!