Sometimes people on the internet can come together to make wonderful things happen. Photo Doggies for Anthony is a Facebook event on which people around the world can post pictures of their dogs to cheer up a teen named Anthony who has cancer and cannot be with his own pets while undergoing chemotherapy. The instagram link is here: photo.doggies.for.Anthony. Pet pictures have been posted from all over the world, of all kinds of pets, along with words of encouragement. More than 500,000 photos have been shared!
If you have a photo of your dog, or can take one, please consider sharing it on the event or instagram to help Anthony smile!
But as wonderful as the internet can be, it is also a terrible place. The above links are to a new event because the original event had to be taken down. Someone was overly negative, I do not know if that means the boy’s mom took it down for the sake of sparing her child or if that person reported the event to facebook so the bots behind the scenes automatically took it down. People can be sick, and I hope that this event continues to help this boy or anyone else who needs a pick me up.
Anthony is 16 and has lymphoblastic leukemia, he has to undergo chemotherapy once a month. He was first diagnosed in July, and the leukemia is treatable, but he will have to go through chemo for the next three years. During this time he cannot be around his three dogs. He deals with depression during his treatments, and his mom said the only time he really seems happy at the hospital is when he is visited by a therapy dog. Since the therapy dogs cannot be there everyday, Anthony’s mom created the Facebook event so he can look at dog pictures whenever he likes to bring him joy.
Anthony and his family are truly surprised and amazed by the outpouring of pictures and well wishes. His mom has been trying to go through all the pictures and comment on them or like them, she is quoted: “I just want to thank everyone I haven’t gotten to yet, I hope I’m able to get to all of them,” she said. “Every single one has made us smile.”
Take a moment to post those photos! You can do so here or here.
Original story with more quotes and information found here.
I have mentioned Sevenly before, but if you have never been to the site I think you should check them out this week.
Sevenly sells products with special messages or relevance each week to support a different charity. The main product Sevenly features are t-shirts with images and slogans that support the concept of the charity that week (along with other inspiring stuff), and $7 from each sale goes to the charity. Through your purchases you are supporting a cause and getting something in return to help show your support to others, start conversation, and hopefully inspire others as well.
This week Sevenly is donating to 4 Paws for Ability, a charity which places qualified service dogs with children who have disabilities and with veterans who need them. They also support animal rescue and education regarding the use of service dogs. Even more, Petsmart is matching your $7 donation so $14 goes to 4 Paws with every purchase!
On Sevenly you can purchase two different t-shirt’s this week that are specific to the cause in different sizes and styles:
The design looks better on the shirts so the dog does not look so see through, and come in these designs: women’s baseball tee for $32, crew for $24, boyfriend tee for $24, flowy raglan for $28, and a hoodie for $50.
Heroes Wear Dog Tags
This is also available in a few different styles including: flowy dolman for $28, baseball tee for $32 or Raglan, boyfriend tee for $24, crew for $24, and a crew sweatshirt for $48.
Get t them this week only, and check out Sevenly every week to see if they have anything that can help you express your passions. Even if you are not interested in supporting a charity in a manner like this, please check out 4 Paws for Ability’s website to see what they do here.
Sevenly.org is an awesome website which donates a portion of their proceeds to a different cause every week. They sell unique t-shirt designs every week to represent the cause the site is donating to, as well as various items which also fit the various causes past and present. This week their cause is to end animal abuse like puppy mills and dog fighting by donating to the Humane Society of the United States.
The t-shirt designs this week come in various styles for both men and women.
The Give Dog
The Give Dog boyfriend style tee – $24. This one is not available in a men’s design.
Pets Are Family
Pets Are Family Tee – $24. Men’s crew shirt – $24.
Check the site out, they offer even more women’s styles for these shirt designs than I posted. This is a great way to support something you believe in – give some money towards the cause and get a shirt to wear to cause conversation. Visit the site each week to see what cause Sevenly will support next!