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Archive for Saturday, April 9, 2011

Service dog needs some help of its own

Seeing-eye guide requires surgery to remove tumor, save life

April 9, 2011

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Chikako Mochizuki and her seeing eye dog, Comet, on a trip to New Mexico in 2009. Last week Comet had a tumor removed by clinicians at the Kansas State Veterinary Clinic on April 13. With help from community donors, Mochizuki was able to raise the $6,000 needed for the surgery.

Chikako Mochizuki and her seeing eye dog, Comet, on a trip to New Mexico in 2009. Last week Comet had a tumor removed by clinicians at the Kansas State Veterinary Clinic on April 13. With help from community donors, Mochizuki was able to raise the $6,000 needed for the surgery.

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Even with a malignant tumor, Chikako Mochizuki’s seeing eye dog, Comet, keeps working, guiding her around as she has for nine years.

“She’s a real trouper,” said Mochizuki, a Kansas University doctoral student in history who’s from Japan.

Comet, a yellow Labrador retriever, was diagnosed with a tumor, called thymoma, last week. Mochizuki is seeking donations for the $6,000 surgery to remove the tumor, which is between Comet’s throat and heart. Without surgery, which would be performed at the Kansas State University Veterinary Clinic, Comet could have less than six months to live.

Comet has been a constant companion for Mochizuki and the dog is well known throughout the history department. Eric Rath, a professor of history, recently sent out an email to the department asking for donations.

“We all hope that Comet will continue to be her companion for many years to come,” wrote Rath.

Mochizuki will defend her dissertation this summer, and she hopes to bring Comet, who’s been with her since she started at KU.

“I do hope Comet will be there,” she said.

Donations can be made at Commerce Bank, where Mochizuki has opened a special fund for Comet, or checks can be made out to Mochizuki and sent to Sandee Kennedy at KU’s history department, 3650 Wescoe Hall, 1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS 66045. For further information, email Mochizuki at mochizukichikako@ku.edu.

Comments

shaunepec 3 years, 7 months ago

From the information I have, the surgery costs more than $6,000, but KSU offered a reduced rate in this case, as they do in other similar cases.

Shaun Hittle Reporter LJW

May Soo 3 years, 7 months ago

She should try MU Veterinary school.

Greg Smith 3 years, 7 months ago

Looks like people can donate thru "chipin.com" too...

http://comet.chipin.com/

Might be easier for some users... or at least more convenient.

jschneiderwind 3 years, 7 months ago

Thanks for the link Greg. If any of you are apprehensive about donating toward Comet's bills through Chipin, let me reassure you. Chikako has been a colleague of mine in the KU history department and Comet has always been a loyal and wonderful helper. It breaks my heart that she needs this surgery and I wanted to do something to help. I set up the Chipin site to make it easy for anyone to donate to Comet's recovery. Please donate whatever you can and help spread the word through facebook, twitter, or email your friends and family to help out. Thank you.

http://comet.chipin.com/

christy kennedy 3 years, 7 months ago

That was easy, thanks for setting it up. Best wishes to Chikako and Comet.

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