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Joey Roberts needs surgery to remove a mass on his thyroid

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Diagnosis: Mass on the thyroid gland, impacting the trachea

Low end of estimate: $2650

Owner’s Contribution: $650

Needed for low end of estimate: $2000

4% of $300 for IMOM operating expenses: $80

Fundraising goal: $2080

Neutered: Yes

Caseworker: Cindy W

Based on info provided by Joey's Mom, Joey is at All Funds Raised! Donations no longer needed!

Look at that face!

Joey is an 11 yr old beagle who ate a leather boot in January. During that surgery, the vet found a mass on his thyroid that is pressing on his trachea. The estimate for removal is $2650. His mom already paid $1000 for the first surgery and has raised more but time is running out: the vet wants to perform surgery soon, as the mass is growing and could rupture. His mom has been very responsive and has tried many other agencies with no results. IMOM is his only hope. Here is what his mom says about Joey:

“I have had Joey since he was a baby. He and my other dog Abby, are the only things that have always been there for me and have loved me unconditionally. Joey and I have always had a close bond. He is attached to me from the second I get home to the second I leave. When I come home from work, he is sitting at the front door staring out waiting for my car to pull up. He is my best friend and it kills me that he is in pain and I cannot help him due to the financial hardships I've had.”

If you are able to help, please go to http://tinyurl.com/79og6jd to make a donation. If you prefer, you may also make a direct donation via PayPal by specifying paypal@imom.org as the recipient. Please be sure to indicate Joey Roberts when making your donation.

Joey looks so sweet in his Christmas collar. We realize this is a tremendous amount to raise but we just have to make sure he’ll be here to "be stylin' " in it again next year. Please help if you can, and share. Thanks, angels!

Cindy W - IMOM

Edited by Jamie K. - IMOM

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Welcome...you have come to a very special place and we all understand and know how much you care and we are help to help...

the BEST THING you can do right now is post, post, post and then post some more...

open your heart to the angels...tell stories about your boy..his favorite toy, does he like to go for a ride...how worried you are that he is sick...how you have raised funds on your own...

the angels are always reading so just begin posting and come onto the forum as many times as day as you can...believe me, it helps...

here is a link for other funding...since you have your IMOM paperwork you can use it for the others, the more help we can find the quicker Joey can get his surgery.....GOOD LUCK, can't wait to hear from you.....

Also, check out the section "Possible Sources for Financial Aid." Here's the link....http://www.imom.org/...p?showforum=154

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I am not sure his mom can check her email away from work, even though she has a computer at home. I hope she'll be by soon but tomorrow morning at the latest. Her boy is depending on her and on us!

Cindy W/IMOM

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We are a pretty understanding bunch here at IMOM...the forum is a little confusing in the beginning and it might take a little time for Joey's Momma to get used to things...we'll work hard in the meantime and see what we can do for them both.....I am off to bed and will check in tomorrow.....

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I'll end the day with a matching challenge to get things moving. $100 on the table - who will take my money? Will check in tomorrow am, hoping to have to pay up bright and early... Betsy

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Ditto! Wish I could take more of your money! But every little bit helps. Spread the word angels! Wouldn't it be wonderful for her to check her email tomorrow and find us halfway there, or even further? Let's give her some sunshine and hope!

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Thank you all for your kind words and understanding. I attempted to log on last night from an IPAD but I believe that the forum may not be compatible...or maybe it was just operator error. :blink:

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FUND UPDATE: Joey has $145 in donations and needs $1,935 more.

The $100 Matching Challenge has been met!

Betsy, send in those Funds!! Thank you so so much Betsy, and thank you Angels! Okay, folks, poor Joey is in definite danger. The mass is growing and could rupture at any time, so we need to get these funds raised as quickly as possible. It's a lot to raise, but I know we can do it. Time is of the essence. If you're unable to donate, please share, share, share on all your social media sites so we can get the word out to more people.

If you are able to help, please go to http://tinyurl.com/79og6jd to make a donation; note for Joey Roberts. If you prefer, you may also make a direct donation via PayPal by specifying paypal@imom.org as the recipient. Don't forget to indicate Joey's name when making your donation.

Thank you all so much!

Edited by Jamie K. - IMOM

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Sonja, hang in there... you have a wonderful bunch of people rooting and pulling for Joey!!! I know first hand.

I want to say what a silly 'senior' dog for chewing a boot, but IT was a good thing. If he hadn't then you would not have found the mass.

SENDING lots of positive energy your way along to all the Angels!!!

Sheryl and Lovie

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Funds sent, fingers crossed for more funds coming in quick today to get Joey into surgery ASAP. Betsy

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I just saw that Sonia posted about her boy in the Introduction thread...I am copying and pasting it here for every one to read...

I got my baby 11 years ago at a puppy mill...I know...bad place. In my defense, my second pup was a rescue. Back to Joey... He was in a pin with three other adorable pups...but none of them seemed very interested in me or my friend. Joey on the other hand, followed us around like crazy. He was so excited at every little touch. I couldn't take my eyes off him. We left because I wasn't able to really afford him at that moment. I got 5 miles up the street and couldn't stop thinking about his lil pink belly and scruffy pink nose. I turned around and broke out the credit card....Best decision ever!. Of course 11 years later looking back on that moment, I now understand why he was obsessed with us. It all makes sense now.... my friend had just left work and smelled like Pizza! LOL Joey is not starved by any means and is obsessed with food. I literally have toddler locks on all of my kitchen cabinets because he can open all doors with his paw including the refrigerator door. every time I am eating, he is right there staring at me with those cute little black lined eyes.... He knows I'm weak. His favorite treat is a bite of my turkey bacon in the morning. Gotta love him. Which is why this is so hard for me. I hear him at night weezing because when he sleeps, the mass is being pushed on his windpipe. It absolutely kills me and I feel powerless to help him.

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Joey has always been an adventurous pup.... when he was a baby, I lived in a high rise building with only 4 apartments on the floor. I would play fetch with him in the hallway and all the neighbors would come out just to see him. One day I turned away for a second and he was gone...bad mommy. Well apparently, the elevator had come to our floor to reset itself and Joey decided to go for a ride. Well I called the elevator back up...no Joey... so guessing that he got off at some random floor...I began the long process of going down the stairs to look for him, floor by floor (FYI: I lived on the 17th floor!)

I finally found him on the 6th floor. I was so out of breath and mad but when he wobbled up to me, tripping over his big ears, so excited as if he would burst if he didn't tell me about his lil adventure...I melted. How can you be mad at something that cute!

Please help me keep him in my life. I want to look into his eyes as I remember these memories, not have to cry over pictures.

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Just got a reply from The Mosby Foundation. They are unable to assist me at this time. Reason not given :-(

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The specialist is unable to officially determine what kind of mass this is. He feels pretty sure that it is a bleeding mass meaning it cannot be punctured to do a biopsy. He also feels it is a thyroid based tumor that will eventually work its way around to the other thyroid therefore forming a "C" around Joey's windpipe slowly suffocating him. The thought of having to watch that happen to him makes me cringe and well up with tears.

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I know it's hard to hear NO, but there are angels around every corner...it will be SO WORTH it when you do hear a YES...

Did you try

Red Rover (formerly United Animal Nation)

or

The Onyx and Breezy Foundation

(I think you have to mail in the paperwork to Onyx so perhaps check them out FIRST and get the paperwork in the mail today if you can) that way they will have it soon.

Where do you lived?

I have some groups listed by state that I can post tonight when I get home for you.....also so other groups that might have funding...

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From Red Rover:

Dear Sonja,

Thank you for your application to the RedRover Relief program. We are very sorry to hear about Joey's condition. This is a sad situation and your dedication to him is very admirable.

We would like very much to be able to assist, but unfortunately, RedRover Relief is unable to assist at this time. The program has very limited funding and receives far more applications than there are funds available to help. Due to the large volume of applications, we must choose situations that best meet the program goals and guidelines—those where a small RedRover Relief grant (typically $100-200) will fill the gap to allow immediate treatment to occur. We're so sorry that RedRover Relief is unable to help at this time.

I have applied with Onyx and Breezy. No response yet.

Edited by Sonja Roberts

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FUND UPDATE: Joey has $295 in donations and needs $1,785 more.

Thank you Angels for your donations so far! We've got a good start, but we still have a lot of work to do. Poor Joey is not doing well and is having a hard time breathing. Can you please help Joey? We really need to get some momentum going - we're racing against the clock. If you're unable to donate, please share, share, share on all your social media sites so we can get the word out to more people.

If you are able to help, please go to http://tinyurl.com/79og6jd to make a donation; note for Joey Roberts. If you prefer, you may also make a direct donation via PayPal by specifying paypal@imom.org as the recipient. Don't forget to indicate Joey's name when making your donation.

Thank you all so much!

Edited by Jamie K. - IMOM

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Just heard back from Rose's Fund. They need to know what type of tumor it is before funding because cancer patients do not qualify for help through them. This is not possibly because a biopsy isn't possible. Same issue I had with Fetch a Cure. Only, with Fetch, they needed it to be confirmed as cancer in order to assist me. With all of these denials coming in, I cant tell you how much it means that this community is willing to help Joey.

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Perhaps if you explain the situation to Rose's Fund that a biopsy cannot be done they may consider this an exception to the rule...

I am so glad that you have found IMOM...believe me the people here DO CARE and understand...you are not alone...the angels here are genuine and compassionate.

What state are you in?

I will send over the links tonight when I get home so you can cross reference the organizations and see if there are any that you have NOT applied to yet...

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There is a funny story behind Joey's boot eating episode.

I had been invited to join in with a friend at Wintergreen resort to go snow tubing for a weekend. I don't frequently do stuff like that and didn't have snow boots. My plan was to wear my old work boots because they were at least waterproof. Well Joey had another plan obviously. The boots had been sitting in that same spot for the last 3 years as they were my cutting grass/lawn work boots. They were never touched. The day before I was supposed to leave, I had told my friend I was going to use the boots. I swear Joey knows English because I came home two hours later to find nothing left but the sole!!! I swear he ate it because He didn't want me leaving him for a weekend. But yes, I am very glad that he did because the specialist said that we caught the mass early enough to operate. If we hadn't caught it now, it would have been so big and directly behind the mass is Joey's carotid artery. Any larger and they would not have been able to attempt to remove it in fear of nicking that artery. As of now, there is also a main nerve that runs from the brain wraps around the heart and attaches to the voice box. This nerve may be affected by the mass and if it is, Joey will always have snoring / breathing noises but he will still live.

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HI Sonja and Joey,

Hang in there and keep posting. IMOM will get you the help you need.

As Judy said keep posting - tell the IMOM Angels all about Joey=-pictures are great too. Lots of people read and donate even if they don't post.

You will be at AFR before you know it

Kathy

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I called Rose's Fund and left them a message about the biopsy issue and told them that the specialist could further explain the situation. I haven't heard back yet.

I am in Virginia

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OK, I shall get that information to you this evening. I am in Ohio so we are in the same time zone...

By the way I was in Woodbridge VA last week this time...a little early for the cherry blossoms but it was still a lot nicer than NE Ohio.

Keep up the good work...we will be here right a long with you.....

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I'm convinced that animals not only know our language but can also read our thoughts! Joey sounds like a great guy...and what a blessing in disguise that he ate your boot when he did. The Universe works in mysterious ways! Help is on the way...don't give up!

Diane

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