During the summer of 2012, I was presented with devastating news. Tate, my 4-year old Wheaten Terrier was diagnosed with Stage IV Lymphoma. His prognosis was bleak. Although the odds were against us, I simply could not sit back and wait for Tate to deteriorate. After careful consideration, I decided that as long as Tate could handle the treatment with no compromise to his quality of life, I was going to give him every opportunity to live. There was no way I was going to watch him die so soon.
Tate survived for 15 months from his initial diagnosis on July 25, 2012. And although he eventually succumbed to this dreadful disease, he managed to beat the odds and defy statistics.Throughout our journey, I learned first hand how expensive cancer treatment was; yet I also realized that no dollar amount is too high when it comes to giving your 4-legged best friend more time to make their "pawprint" on this earth. Going through the experience opened my eyes to those who may not be as fortunate to afford such treatments.
Anyone who wants to give their pet a chance to live should be able to do so; regardless of their financial status. Thus, Tate's Play Date was born. After a lot of research, I found the Riedel & Cody Fund and loved their mission, which is similar to Tate's Play Date, but on a national level. RCF has the ability to help even more families and their four-legged loved ones.
Throughout this journey, I have never lost sight of how much love and joy Tate brought me and myfamily. It is because of Tate that I continue to fight for all the four-legged warriors fighting cancer.
mission & vision
Raising awareness of animal cancer while raising funds to assist families who cannot afford the insurmountable costs associated with cancer treatment.
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helping our friends
In our first year, we have managed to help many families who has a dog or cat undergoing cancer treatment