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
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."