Thank you for taking the time to visit my page. Cancer has to be one if the not the most feared word of our lives now with our dogs. One of the first thoughts that come to mind is:- I hope it does not happen to my dog, or how sorry we are to hear it has struck yet another one. I was no different, that day back in August 2013, when my Vet Steve Tasker told me Zoe (aged 12 had Lymphoma stage 3) We go numb don't we, we can't hear what the vet is saying, we are frightened and wonder how long do they have, then the first thing that enters our mind is "Will he/she die?" then without listening to the vet again the second thing we ask ourselves is "Why my dog". "Why me??" Well sadly we don't have the answers to these questions, but thanks to research we do have some hope. I took Steve's advice I trusted him 100% & decided to go down the Chemotherapy road in the hope to try & save Zoe's life. An emotional roller-coaster for any owner & their family, and of course individual choice. I decided to put my full trust in my vet & Zoe commenced Chemotherapy immediately. Steve calculated Zoe's treatment & monitored her throughout. The result? Zoe made it & in March 2015 was discharged as CLEAR/CURED of Cancer. But for every Zoe, there are thousands that don't make it, they just die, yet more victims to cancer. Dogs as young as 3 months have been diagnosed with Lymphoma, we now have so many Golden Retrievers as well as other breeds dying so young of Cancer it's heartbreaking. But we can help. My feelings are:- No one should feel alone on this "Journey" of Hope, fear & the unknown. Despite Zoe leaving Cancer behind her there are thousands that are about to enter the road I took with no idea what is at the end. So I contacted The Animal Health Trust in Jan 2015 to see if I could get enough people together to raise some awareness & some funding to help their Canine Cancer Research Center based in Newmarket. I knew straightaway what I wanted to call it.....Zoe's Journey. Because it was based on her journey through Cancer. In Jan 2015 I set up a justgiving page, then followed an auction page followed by news & events group all within the Facebook network. The goal? to raise £5,000 in 1 year for the AHT.
TO DATE ZOE'S JOURNEY UK HAS RAISED IN EXCESS OF £164,000.00 IN 4 and a half years
The facts are :- 25% of all dogs will at sometime in their life be diagnosed with Cancer, 50% of all dogs over the age of 10 will at sometime in their life get CANCER. why? We don't know, but what we do know is by helping research we can help many more dogs walk away from Cancer & beat it just like Zoe did.
April 02 2016 Zoe decided that at almost 15yrs of age time was up. She had led the most wonderful life, she beat Cancer hands down & Zoe passed away in her sleep peacefully Cancer Free. She was almost 15yrs old. But the legacy she has now left will (and is) helping thousands of dogs for the future.
There was a time when there was no hope for Lymphoma, now we have Chemo, but we need funds to help the AHT research into all these cancers that sadly take these dogs away from us so quickly. Lymphoma is very quick but there is treatment. However, for many cancers there is nothing we can do. They shouldn't just die when we can help research. Steve & the team at Watkins & Tasker Vet Practice saved Zoe's life, please help "ZOE'S JOURNEY UK" fund by donating whatever you can, by either an event, auction anything to help this worthy cause. Lets try & make a difference to the research into CANCER IN DOGS. Thank you. Jayne May.