This Facebook Page Crowdsourced Thousands Of Puppy Pictures For A Teen Fighting Cancer
Sixteen-year-old Anthony Lyons is undergoing chemo for acute lymphoblastic leukemia in a Phoenix hospital, and one thing that makes him smile through his treatment is man’s best friend. Sometimes he receives therapy dog visits at the hospital, but family friend Roberta Lucero-Koron created a Facebook page for the days he doesn’t, asking that users submit photos of their own dogs to brighten Anthony’s day. Photo Doggies For Anthony began as a small request to a handful of people, but it quickly caught the attention of thousands of strangers. Anthony has now received over half a million pet photos and get-well wishes from around the world. He returned to the hospital this week for more chemo and is no doubt smiling over the photos.
The family has expressed thanks on the Facebook page, with Lucero-Koron writing:
“I cannot express the joy we have gotten from these photos. We have looked at each and every photo and video and we laugh and sometimes cry just from the outpouring of support. I will never be able to thank you all enough and all of you are the amazing people that have your best friend pets by your side day in and day out. We are so incredibly thankful for you sharing and loving your pets as much as we love ours. Thank you thank you thank you.”
Anthony’s mom, Kristen Lyons, added:
“I am amazed at how quickly this event has blown up and it makes me so happy to know how many people enjoy their pets as much as Anthony and I do. Your pets have brightened our days so much and it just shows you the power of pet therapy and animal healing. This just shows what great people animal lovers are and we are really feeling the love from you and your pets in this difficult time.”
Sometimes, improving someone’s life really is as easy as uploading a photo — and that’s something we can all smile about. Also, pets are just are the fucking best at making humans feel better. To share a dog picture yourself or to simply marvel over the adorable submissions, you can check out the Facebook page here.
[Images via Facebook]