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“Photo Doggies for Anthony” Wins Facebook

What creates joy for you during challenging times? Maybe it’s firing up Netflix with a glass of Cabernet. Or it could be a card mailed from Aunt Mary Lou. Sometimes it’s simply a hug. 

Anthony Lyons, 16, battles leukemia.

Anthony Lyons, 16, battles leukemia.

For Anthony Lyons, it’s doggies.

Anthony is a 16-year-old who’s been hospitalized on-and-off since his leukemia diagnosis last summer. While holed up in his hospital room, Anthony eagerly awaits visits from Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s therapy dogs.

But therapy dogs can’t make him smile 24/7. This fact inspired a family friend, Roberta, to create a Facebook event called “Photo Doggies for Anthony.” Roberta expected dog photos from close friends and relatives. Instead, her event took off like, well, a dog chasing a squirrel.

To date, Anthony’s received over 1.4 million photos of dogs! Support on his GiveForward Fundraiser, Anthony’s Journey to Wellness, increased, too.

Interested in sharing your dog? All you have to do is join Photo Doggies for Anthony to create joy for Anthony and his family. As his mom, Kristen, writes:

“I cannot express the joy we have gotten from these photos. We have looked at each and every photo and video and we laugh and sometimes cry just from the outpouring of support.”

GiveForward employees Kelli, Caiti, and Dan pose with their pooches Oliver, Cash, and Murphy for Photo Doggies for Anthony.

GiveForward employees Kelli, Caiti, and Dan pose with their pooches Oliver, Cash, and Murphy on Photo Doggies for Anthony.

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