Dog Photos Cheer Up Ailing Teenager

Sometimes all a person needs is a picture of a dog to bring a smile to their face.

By Cari Jorgensen | Posted: January 5, 2015, 10 a.m. PST

The only thing that really makes 16-year-old Anthony smile is dogs. Undergoing chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Anthony is in need of something to smile about. Throughout his stay, some of his days are lively with dog visits. On the days he isn’t visited by dogs, dog photos cheer him up.

Photo Doggies

As a means of bringing extra cheer to this young man, Roberta Lucero-Koron, a friend of Kristen Lyons, Anthony’s mother, put together a Facebook event called Photo Doggies for Anthony. This virtual event allows people to post photos of their dogs to help make Anthony smile. People from around the world, including as far away as Australia, have posted photos. So far, the event has been a huge success. The page has over 800K followers.

After thanking Lucero-Koron for putting the event together, Lyons posted, "I also want to thank each and every one of you for sending your doggie and occasional kitty pictures. We have laughed ohhhed and ahhed at every single photo and video so far it has really been a Joy and I appreciate everyone sharing their pets with us and the personal messages to Anthony are truly awesome… I am amazed at how quickly this event has blown up and it makes me so happy to know how many people enjoy their pets as much as Anthony and I do. Your pets have brightened our days so much and it just shows you the power of pet therapy and animal healing. This just shows what great people animal lovers are and we are really feeling the love from you and your pets in this difficult time. Thank you all so much from the bottom of our hearts.”

Check out some of the photos people have shared with Anthony:

Photo Doggies
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All photos via Facebook

I'm sure all of us know firsthand how much joy dogs can bring into our lives. If you’re interested in adding a little joy to Anthony’s life by posting a photo of your dog, visit Photo Doggies for Anthony on Facebook.

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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

1/7/2015 7:58:41 AM

Typo my post should have said first hand not had. We visit a senior center and the hospital on a weekly bases.

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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

1/7/2015 7:56:23 AM

It is amazing how a dog can lift a humans spirits, I see this first had every day because my dog is a Certified Therapy Dog.

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