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Puppy Love

Posted on January 16, 2015, 5:25 AM

Anthony Lyons, 16, is undergoing aggressive treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. He’s in the midst of a grueling 3 ½ year treatment plan, but one therapy has been particularly powerful: pet therapy. As a dog-lover, Anthony looks forward to visits from therapy dogs during his chemotherapy treatments, but the four-legged visitors can’t come everyday.

To keep Anthony’s spirits up, a friend of the family decided to call on the rest of the world—through Facebook—for some virtual pet therapy. “Doggies For Anthony,” a Facebook ‘event’ invites everyone to post photos of their dogs to brighten the sick teen’s day. So far more than 500,000 photos have been posted from as far away as Australia and Dubai.

“When I’m in the hospital bed all day my mom she goes thru all the pictures.” Anthony said. “It makes me so happy to know how many people enjoy their pets as much as Anthony and I do,” says Kristen Lyons, Anthony’s mom,”Your pets have brightened our days so much and it just shows you the power of pet therapy and animal healing.”

To post a picture of your dog for Anthony visit his Facebook Event at:

Posted by Bruneau Moss: “Hi! This is me, Bruneau, in disguise as a butterfly for Halloween last year. What do you think? Can you still tell it’s me???”

Posted by Jackie Nugent: “Charlotte from the Bronx hopes you feel better soon Anthony.”

Posted by Amy Sharp Schneider‎: “Willie sends his love from Ohio!”

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