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Wags for Awareness: A Dog's Cancer Journey
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10 May 2023 - 4:22 am
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What an honor to participate in "Wags for Awareness: A Dog's Cancer Journey." This important project is by Marissa Denham, from Girl Scout Troop 2367 in Florida.

The Story of Wags for Awareness: A Dog's Cancer Journey

When Marissa's dog Chica Harlow was diagnosed with bone cancer, she wanted to help other families experiencing the same tough times. And she wanted to educate others about dog cancer too. So she put together the Wags for Awarness project to help her earn a Gold Award, the highest ranking a Girl Scout can achieve.

Marissa wanted to work with us to help get the word out about dog cancer prevention and treatment. Here's an excerpt of what she wrote to us:

My name is Marissa, and I am a senior in high school. I am in my 12th year as a Girl Scout, and I am working on my Gold Award, which is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, and it is the equivalent to the Eagle Scout for Boy Scouts. The Gold Award is based on something we are passionate about, it requires 80 or more hours of work to be completed to earn, and it must have a sustainable portion.

My Gold Award project name is Wags for Awareness a Dogs Cancer Journey which is based on my personal journey with cancer in my dog. In September 2021, my 3-year-old golden retriever service dog Chica Harlow was diagnosed with intramuscular hemangiosarcoma, which is a form of cancer. She went in with a lump, and a few days later, my world completely changed.

She was troubled not only by the diagnosis, but by the huge cost of care for treating her dog's cancer.

"My personal journey has inspired me to focus on the lack of information for families dealing with their dog’s cancer diagnosis and how vital pet insurance is," she explains. "I have decided to make new parent bags, cancer journey bags, and start a support group for dogs with cancer."

She created 150 care packages for her Wags project, and distributed them to veterinary clinics in her area. Tripawds information is included in her project materials. We are so grateful that she helped us get the word out about our community. And, that we could help her complete her project at the same time!

To make her project sustainable, we are including her Wags care package materials here. Now anyone with a Girl Scout or other young person can replicate this project anytime!

Create your own Wags for Awareness: A Dog's Cancer Journey project

Download the worksheets Marissa created. Then help a Girl Scout or other young person make their own Wags packages. Distribute to veterinary clinics and pet parents in your area and make a difference!

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Wags for Awareness: A Dog's Cancer Journey Project


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10 May 2023 - 11:52 am
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CONGRATULATIONS TO ,MARISSA AND HER VERY SPECIAL  ANGEL CHICA HARLOW!  Obviously these two were meant to be together and were  joined together to follow thru on their Soul's purpose.

 Marissa, you are a remarkable  young lady with a lot of compassion  and insight.  You and Chica Harlow and giving hope to others and empowering  them with support and knowledge.  You are a beautifu  fidt to families on this crazy journey. 

And standing  ovation for achieving Gold Award status with Wags for Awareness!  Yes, I have a brother who achieved Eagle status many years ago and I know the hard work and dedication  it takes.

Thank you so mich for this heartfelt project.  I have no doubt Chica  is watching  over you and so  proud of how you are paying  tribute  to him by creating Wags for Awareness.

Keep in touch  and let us know how things are going okay?


Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Ditto what Sally said! Very impressive!

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12 May 2023 - 10:51 am
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Awww yeah she is a pretty remarkable young lady, we were so impressed with her approach to the project, and how everything came together! 

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