College of Veterinary Medicine

Cancer in Animals 


Mia (right) with her Basset Hound brother

"Mia," a bassador (Basset/Labrador mix) and therapy dog, was diagnosed with lymphoma in February 2012, just 5 months before her 10th birthday.  She received several rounds of chemotherapy and is currently in remission.  In July, Mia with her canine family members celebrated her birthday by feasting on meat and cream cheese cupcakes.

To continue their therapy work,  Mia and her human mom, Rachel Wright ('97 BA) recently renewed their Pet Partners therapy animal team registration.  Rachel and Mia make weekly visits to Children's Hospital in Seattle, and Bailey-Boushay House. Mia now has a new connection with human cancer patients after experiencing chemotherapy herself.
"She has given so much to so many," said Brian Wright ('96 BA). "She is in remission right now and she has been able to continue her visits while she fights this disease."

Brian, Rachel and their veterinarian are so appreciative of the advancement in cancer treatments at WSU that have helped Mia, they want to support cancer care for others. In October 2012, Brian and Rachel ran a half marathon to honor Mia and raise money for the WSU Oncology Service.
If you would like to donate in support of the WSU Oncology Service and honor Mia, please click on the Give Now  button at the top-right, then select "in honor" and type "Mia Wright" in the comments box.

Update:  As of October 2013, Mia is still in remission and continuing her work as a therapy dog.

"She is a fighter, and an inspiration for us every day," says Brian. "She is in remission for the second time since her diagnosis over 18 months ago. She loves her work as a therapy dog."

Make a Gift in Honor of Mia

...after clicking "Give Now" (above) select "in honor" and type "Mia Wright" in the comments box

To make a gift by mail:
Please make check payable to the WSU Foundation and send to:

Kay Glaser
Veterinary Development and External Relations
College of Veterinary Medicine
Washington State University
P.O. Box 647010
Pullman, WA  99164-7010

Last Edited: Oct 30, 2013 9:48 AM   

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