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  When choosing radiation 

  for your pet,

Cody’s Club 

helps you make a

tough decision easier   

 

CODY’S CLUB IS SUPPORTED BY THE FAMILY OF CODY KRAFT, A BLACK LABRADOR WHOSE LIFE WAS SAVED BY RADIATION TREATMENTS ON A MALIGNANT MAST CELL TUMOR.

 

What is Cody’s Club?

Upon diagnosis, all pet owners face the same questions: What should I do? Will treatment hurt my pet? Will my pet receive caring treatment at a teaching facility or will he be a research subject?

What will my pet's quality of life be? In 1999, when our dog, Cody, was diagnosed with a mast cell tumor of the left hind foot, we decided to pursue radiation in the hopes would could extend Cody’s lifetime. Our only other treatment choice was amputation—or Cody would die.

Radiation therapy was not quick—lasting more than a month. Nor was it cheap—costing about than $2,500. Even more unnerving was the fact that we did not know what to expect. What would the radiation burns look like? How would he handle the recurrent anesthesia? What were the chances the treatment would work? Would we ever look at him again without worrying about cancer?

Through caring veterinary professionals and a dedication to Cody’s well-being, we survived our ordeal. Through this experience, and interaction with others in a similar situation, we have learned much about how pets with cancer lead their everyday lives, seen the stages of treatment, remission, recurrence, and ultimately dealt with loss. Cody died Aug. 5, 2004, of a cancer unrelated to his original diagnosis. He had five additional, quality years because of his radiation.

In an effort to honor Cody, we have established CODY’S CLUB to help offset some of the costs related to radiation performed at The Ohio State University (or any other 501C3 treating institution), and to provide a support network for veterinary clients who are faced with this very difficult decision.

Choosing radiation as a cancer treatment is one of the toughest decisions a pet owner has to make.

Perhaps our experiences will help you with your decision-making process.

Supporting You & Your Pet

CODY’S CLUB hopes to ensure that lack of information, or lack of funds, are not the deciding factors in whether or not radiation is chosen for treatment of cancer.

To that end, we offer the following:

A CHARITABLE FUND used to help offset a portion of the cost of radiation. Awards are made on the basis of need, commitment to treatment, and possibility for medical success.

A SUPPORT GROUP that meets monthly to discuss issues related to radiation, including the actual radiation treatment, the aftercare, the short-term concerns and the long-term prognosis.

A SUPPORT HOTLINE available to discuss non-medical issues related to treatment.

We are not veterinarians, nor do we purport to know everything about radiation. But we have lived through this experience, and have done extensive research and writing on the topic of radiation, as well as mast cell tumors. We simply seek to help others make this very difficult choice easier with first-hand information—and a little financial help—from pet owners who have been there.

Don’t miss out on the chance to help your pet live a full and happy life, simply for a lack of funding or quality information.

Utilizing Cody’s Club

DONATIONS:

To seek a donation to offset some of the cost of radiation (at an approved 501C3 treating institution), submit your request in writing to CODY’S CLUB, 135 Nottingham Road, Columbus, OH 43214, or via e-mail to kraft.42@osu.edu. Explain why your pet needs radiation and your financial need. A letter from the treating Ohio State veterinarian MUST accompany the application, outlining the animals’ condition, cost of treatment and prognosis.

Donations will be made directly to the treating veterinary hospital, with a stipulation that is be applied specifically to the radiation treatment.

SUPPORT GROUP

The CODY’S CLUB RADIATION SUPPORT GROUP will meet once a month at Scottie MacBean on High Street in Beechwold. There is no charge to attend. Topics will include radiation, its effects on the animal’s body, possible/expected reactions, surprises and outcomes.

Information/schedule, call (614) 263-7808.

HOTLINE

Radiation treatments are scary, and sometimes it just helps to talk. To discuss any issues related to animal care as it relates to radiation, the CODY’S CLUB HOTLINE will be available daily for guidance, or just a supportive voice. To access the hotline, call (614) 263-7808. If no one is available immediately to take the call, a message will be returned within 24 hours.

Cody’s Club is funded through a Calvert Giving Fund. To help, you may make a TAX-DEDUCTIBLE contribution to the fund by sending a check to CODY’S CLUB c/o Nicole Kraft, 135 Nottingham Road, Columbus, OH 43214.

Please make check out to “Nicole Kraft” with“Cody’s Club” in the subject line.

Phone: (614) 263-7808, Email: kraft.42@osu.edu

Cody’s Story

In September of 1999, our family made the decision to begin radiation treatments with our 6-year old black Labrador retriever, Cody, for a grade II mast cell tumor on his left hind foot. Our only other treatment choice was amputation. At the time we knew four things:

                 1. Radiation was expensive—about $3,000.

                 2. It was a long process—at least a month of actual treatments for us, and longer for many.

                 3. Cody would get worse before he got better, suffering radiation burns and other ailments.

                 4. Without treatment—amputation or radiation—Cody would die.

Cody’s radiation treatments, conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, did save his leg and his life. He lived every subsequent day to the fullest, and brought unequaled joy to the family that loved him.

On Aug. 5, 2004, Cody was euthanized after a tumor in his spleen caused massive internal bleeding. He was 11 years old and just the night before had been playing like a puppy. The cancer, however, was unrelated to his previous health issues. The radiated area on his foot was shown, on post-mortem exam, to be cancer-free.

Brian, Nicole & Daniel Kraft

 

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