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This fundraiser ended on 04/30/12

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We are raising funds to cover Sweetie's Addison disease treatments and Shadow's eye surgery.

Unexpected medical expenses are always a challenge, but when they come from multiple directions, the challenge seems quite impossible. We are a single-parent household with a very limited income, so these types of costs create quite a struggle for us. But our love for our pets encourages us to find ways to provide for them.

Our family's dog, Sweetie, was diagnosed with Addison's disease a couple of months ago. Addison's disease is a life-threatening adrenal insufficency which requires lifelong medication and monitoring. With the medication, Sweetie can live a full and normal life. For more information on this disease, please visit www.addisondogs.com. Unfortunately the medication is very expensive. Sweetie needs an injection once a month, which costs over $200 at the vet's office. I can give the injections on my own, which helps reduce the cost of the medication, however; it is still quite pricey. There are also follow up exams to ensure Sweetie is getting the proper dosage.

Shortly after Sweetie's diagnosis, our cat Shadow started having problems with his eye. At first we thought it was an allergy or an infection. After a couple of visits to the vet and treatments with no results, Shadow was referred to an eye specialist. Apparently he had some trauma to his eye and his body is trying to heal it on its own by growing a protective layer over his eye. Shadow requires surgery to remove this layer and restore his vision.

I have maxed out the limit on my Care Credit card, which provided the majority of my funding. I have unsuccessfully reached out to nonprofit groups that offer financial assistance for pet medical expenses. These groups have long waiting lists and strict financial requirements. And most of them do not offer assistance for chronic illnesses, such as Addison's disease. I have exhausted my resources at this point, but I am unwilling to turn my back on my furry family members.

Our goal is to raise $1,500 to cover a year worth of medication and exams for Sweetie, as well as $1,500 for Shadow's eye specialist fees and surgery costs. We are forever grateful for any help you can give.
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