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Brave Boy Battles Leukemia: Spirits Uplifted by Pet Photos

Posted January 09, 2015 in A Pet's Life

It’s hard to check out a social media page today without seeing a few cute pet photos, and let’s be honest: why would you want to? Online pet photos are a win-win, fun to post and fun to see. Just ask Anthony Lyons.

Facebook postAnthony is 16 years old, and is being treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and he loves dogs. Roberta Lucero-Koron, a family friend started a Facebook Event called Photo Doggies for Anthony. “Some days he gets doggy visits and some he does not,” Roberta says on the page. “They make him smile.” The page welcomes visitors to post a dog photo with a brief message to brighten Anthony’s day. “This event has gone viral and Anthony and his mom Kristen are smiling happily. Me too.”

Anthony’s mother Kristen also spoke on the page to thank everyone, “We have laughed ‘ohhed’ and ‘ahhed’ at every single photo and video so far it has really been a joy and I appreciate everyone sharing their pets with us and the personal messages to Anthony are truly awesome.”

The event has over 1 million guests with pictures coming from Dubai to Australia. Roberta took time to update the event page on Friday, January 2nd saying, “God Bless you and God Bless the world wide web… we are over ½ million photos… Anthony is smiling joyfully because of YOU.”

If you haven’t visited the Facebook event, go check it out and don’t forget to post a picture of your pup for Anthony! It truly is amazing what social media can accomplish and it brings joy to us knowing how thankful and happy these photos are making Anthony. Wishing you well, Anthony, and a speedy recovery!

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Tori has more than 2 years of experience in the pet health industry and is junior editor of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.

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