Happy dogs are enough to put a smile on anyone’s face. That’s exactly what they did for one young boy as he recovered from chemo. Johnny Martin, a 13-year-old boy with soft cell cancer, has spent nearly every weekday at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.
During his chemo sessions, Johnny loved to look out the window at a nearby dog park. Now, he has a dog of his own.
During his chemo sessions, as soon as he could stand, Johnny would make his way to the window to watch the nearby dogs.
As he got stronger, Johnny started fantasizing about the dream dog he hoped to get one day. He told all his doctors and nurses about his “dream Corgi dog.”
“It was all he wanted to talk about, so we knew we needed to get in touch with an organization that could fulfill that wish for him,” said Jessica King, a social worker at Lurie Children’s Hospital.
“I was 16 years old when I started Little Wish Foundation, and it was in memory of my friend Max, who battled kidney cancer. Before Max passed away his last wish was to get a puppy. I never forgot what a big difference and impact it made on his life,” founder Liz Niemiec said.
After Johnny left the hospital Little Wish Foundation gave him a black and white puppy so that he could finally join in the fun at the dog park.
Johnny is still undergoing some chemo treatments, but right now he is cancer-free and a happy dog owner.