This Pit Bull Beat Cancer. And Now She’s Helping To Pave The Way For Humans With The Same Disease!Ashley Maisano
Rosie, a two-year-old Pit bull, was used for breeding and then dumped at a shelter. When her foster family found her, she was emaciated and heartworm positive. Thankfully, they were able to nurse her back to health, but little did they know, this was just one obstacle of many more to come. They found a lump on her stomach and she had a 0-2% chance of survival when was diagnosed with lymphoma, a form of cancer that affects the immune system. But she needed more than a chemotherapy treatment, she needed a cure. Save-An-Angel, a non-profit organization based out of New Orleans, raised enough money to get Rosie 2,500 miles from the Gulf Coast to the Canadian border for treatment. Dr. Edmund Sullivan of Bellingham Veterinary performed a bone marrow transplant on Rosie and a new type of radiation. She is now with her new adopted family and is in remission and doing great!
This new type of radiation is being applied as a potential treatment for children and elderly people suffering from these same diseases. According to Save-An-Angel, radiation of his type places less stress on the body, making it a better treatment option for the young and old, as opposed to the normal radiation. Transplants such as bone marrow and stem cell are saving lives all around the world and 100% of transplant procedures performed on humans are performed on dogs first. The technology has come full circle and is now available to the dogs who paved the way for these transplants in the first place!