By Kelly Mullins, Dickenson County Chapter Manager
In Dickenson County we are a tightknit community. If someone is sick or in need, everyone pulls together to help. It is one of the things that makes living here so great.
Two years ago, Dalton Gilbert, an 8-year-old local boy, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer). After successful treatments, Dalton was in remission for a year and a half, but unfortunately the cancer is back — this time manifesting itself in his lungs and on his head. He recently underwent surgery to remove the tumors, but will need aggressive chemotherapy as well.
After learning about Dalton’s diagnosis, his love for animals, and his bond with his pitbull Xena, we wanted to do something special for him.
On Valentine’s Day, love and puppy breath filled the air as our chapter offered to deliver Puppygrams for the first time to members of our community. Through this fundraiser, we raised $400 to help us save animals from the Dickenson County Animal Shelter.
Our incredible staff members and volunteers pitched in to make sure Dalton and his three siblings received a Puppygram, to give them comfort during this difficult time. On a Friday evening, they were greeted with three adorable puppies to play with, stuffed animals, and Brother Wolf t-shirts. And of course we couldn’t leave Xena out! She got her own bag full of toys, treats, and food.
Xena will stay with a family member while Dalton and his family focus on his chemotherapy. We have offered to assist with food and care for Xena as her family travels for Dalton’s care. We want them to be able to focus on helping Dalton get better, and ease their burden in any way we can. While they support Dalton through treatment, we’ll make sure their 4-legged family member has all she needs.
We’re working hard to do great things for the animals and for each other. We are all Brother Wolf, and as Dalton fights this battle, we all are Dalton’s Defenders. Click here to follow Dalton’s courageous battle on Facebook.
The ongoing support of our community helps build progress towards a No-Kill Dickenson. To support Brother Wolf’s Dickenson County chapter, you can donate via PayPay (firstname.lastname@example.org), by phone at (276) 926-2314, or by mail to PO Box 1265 Clintwood Va, 24228.