A Celebration of Life: Ukiah Reaches a Milestone

For those needing some inspiration today…

Back on 03/22/10, I got an email from a woman who was clearly in distress. Her beloved rescue boy, who had already had such a difficult life, had just gotten his teeth cleaned, and a “spot” was found during the checkup. That spot turned out to be “aggressive malignant melanoma”.  She asked about a vaccine she had heard of for canine cancer, and chemotherapy, but was concerned because she was living on a pension and didn’t have a lot of financial resources to spare.

She was determined. And she promised that she would “fight until I can’t fight any more for this great animal who has been through so much.” But, she added, “I may need some help.”

And help came. She was first referred to The Magic Bullet Fund for financial assistance, and later connected with The Riedel & Cody Fund for help as well.  She also worked hard on her own fundraising and sold handmade jewelry online to support Ukiah’s treatments. Because of these efforts, combined with the help of these organizations and the generosity of so many donors who jumped in to help save this special boy, his mom was able to get him the ongoing treatments that he needed, which included the melanoma vaccine and radiation treatment.


This very special lady is named Pam, and her beloved companion is Ukiah. Through it all, Pam never lost faith, and met each challenge with fierce determination. It’s been an inspiration to witness.

Today, I found out that Ukiah has been invited to be a guest at the Michigan State University’s Miracle Animal Cancer Center “Celebration of Life” on April 16. He is there as one of their success stories, since it has now been nearly one year since diagnosis of his aggressive cancer. And, on April 26, Pam will get to share Ukiah’s story at the 8th Annual MSU Miracle Pet Seminar.

It started with a simple request, “Please give Ukiah some hope…..He needs some help….”

And from that, a miracle occurred. Ukiah is here today, happy, healthy and loved by so many who have watched his journey and prayed for his continued success. We are so thrilled for Pam and Ukiah and would like to thank all of those who have contributed to this wonderful story of hope, and of life. Together we can beat cancer. Ukiah is living proof.

CLICK HERE to read more about Ukiah

CLICK HERE to read a news story about Pam & Ukiah

About Kerry Malak

I am a Bulldog mom, Reiki Master/Teacher, pet loss counselor and canine cancer advocate who loves working with people and animals to help them live longer, happier and healthier lives.
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