7-year-old Kansas City Cancer Survivor Raises Money For Animal Shelter

 |  Oct 10th 2006  |   1 Contribution

Ben Cote

What a lovely child!

This uplifting story comes to us from The Kansas City Chronicle. Thanks to Lynn H. for barking it in!

7-Year-Old Raises Money For Animal Shelter
Cancer Survivor Says Dog Keeps Him Strong

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A 7-year-old boy who lost his right eye to cancer is undergoing exhausting chemotherapy, but he still found the energy to raise money for a local animal shelter, KMBC's Lara Moritz reported Thursday.

Ben Cote said his best friend, Polly the dog, inspired him to help other animals.

"(Polly is) very compassionate in terms of knowing when he needs to be calm. She's automatically calm when he's feeling playful; she's not afraid to be playful with him," said Megan Cote, Ben's mother.

She said Polly started sleeping by Ben's side before he was first diagnosed with cancer, and she did the same thing when the cancer came back.

"We were worried that she was sleeping with him again instead of nestling into our bed, so we went to the doctors and rescanned him and the tumor was back again. So I know it seems crazy, but I think sometimes animals are very perceptive and are capable of knowing some stuff before we do," Megan Cote said.

Ben said Polly gives him strength when cancer weakens him.

"He always says if he rubs the back the back of her legs where she's got a lot of muscle, it keeps him strong," Megan Cote said.

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