Thursday, October 3, 2013

I'm In the Newspaper!

Yes friends
I am in the newspaper.
On Monday I was in the Orange County Register
cause I am a
miracle boy.

 
The article is below in case you can not open the link.
Thanks friends...
Your support means a lot
Benny & Lily
 
 
 

Meet Benny, the Tiny Superhero

 

Dana Point French bulldog receives recognition for his fight against lymphoma.
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JOSH MORGAN, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Benny is the first dog to receive a cape from Tiny Superheroes, an organization that typically honors children who show strength while overcoming an illness or disability.
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JOSH MORGAN, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Animal oncologist Océane Aubrey, right, and nurse Maggie Price give Benny a treat before his chemotherapy treatment at Southern California Veterinary Specialty Hospital.
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Benny recently received a one-of-a-kind national distinction by being named a Tiny Superhero.
The 6-year-old French bulldog is fighting liver lymphoma and recently became the first dog to be awarded the Tiny Superhero cape – a distinction until now given only to children fighting cancer and other debilitating diseases.
Benny got the cape from Robyn Rosenberger, founder of Seattle-based TinySuperheroes. He is the 1,500th this year to receive the custom-fitted red cape. His is decorated with a capital B for Benny.
Children – and now Benny – get capes after being selected by friends or family. They get them for bravery, for staying in the fight and for living with joy. Rosenberger gave her first cape to a girl fighting a rare skin disorder. The girl was called a “Tiny Super Girl” by her parents, and that’s what inspired Rosenberger to come up with the name “Tiny-Superheroes.”
Rosenberger witnessed the joy the child and her parents got and decided to do more capes. In six months, she’s put out so many that she quit her information technology job. Now she gets 10-20 requests a day. She hopes her clan of Tiny Superheroes will help raise awareness for their diseases that will result in more funding for more research – and, ultimately, cures.
“With the capes, I want to tell them to know they’re not alone,” Rosenberger said. “Everyone needs encouragement. They need to know how amazing their children are. They need to know others see it, too. The idea of the superhero cape isn’t that they are beyond normal, it’s that they are accomplishing things that go beyond normal.”
Rosenberger began her nonprofit group in January. More than 250 are waiting for capes. Capes have been sent to 12 countries, including England, Japan, South Africa, Tasmania and Australia.
Many of Rosenberger’s nominations come from social networking sites such as Facebook, where support communities have found a home and a fan base. Benny is one of those.
Benny was thrust into the public eye a few years ago when his owner, Andrea Cavallo of Dana Point, started a blog featuring Benny and his sister, Lily. The two Frenchies
talked about their lives from the canine perspective. They made fun of their lives and chronicled their daily adventures living across from the multimillion-dollar homes at Strand Beach. The duo have 3,400 followers.
When Benny turned yellow and nearly died from liver failure in June, blog followers became alarmed. A blood-plasma donation and three days in intensive care at Southern California Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Irvine saved his life. Then, days later, when he was diagnosed with cancer, donations from people who followed his blog came in. So far Cavallo has received $8,000. The bill Cavallo faces is still double that and rising. Benny is undergoing treatment for an unusual kind of lymphoma. His liver is full of cancer. Each day he takes a cocktail of pills. He receives intravenous chemotherapy treatments once a week. He will do that for a total of eight weeks, then go every other week for six months. Ninety-seven percent of the time Benny is himself, Cavallo said.
“Most lymphoma involves multiple locations,” said Dr. Océane Aubry, his oncologist. “Usually dogs that are yellow in liver failure don’t get over it. The fact he bounced back, he’s responding better than expected.”
Aubry said most lymphoma patients live about a year with chemotherapy. Those with liver lymphoma usually live only a few months. Benny appears to be in remission.
Before Cavallo made her decision to treat, she read everything she could about dogs and cancer treatments. Her main concern was how treatment would affect his quality of life. When she found out chemotherapy would be less burdensome on him then it was on people, she was in.
“Benny’s a character; he makes me laugh,” Cavallo said. “I could picture him with a cigar and a glass of scotch. If he wants something, he just pushes you with his paw. I take it one day at a time; I can’t think about what will happen.”
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63 comments:

  1. Hip HIp HOrHaaaY for you Benny....we are so very very proud of you and so proud that we can be counted among your many friends! Keep on fightin!
    Stella Rose, Maggie, Gussie and Mom

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  2. oh, this is soooo wonderful, Benny! You are indeed a superhero!

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  3. Wow -- that's so cool! And your cape is awesome, Benny!

    I didn't know Lily had allergies like me. I'm on Atopica, too! Still have trouble even with the med, though.

    *hugs*
    Busy Buttons

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  4. Congratulations Benny, everybody is proud of you because you are really a superhero !

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  5. Benny, that's wonderful, that you are the cover boy. For me you are a hero - a BIG one!

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  6. Hi Benny, It's Thankful Thursday and I am thankful that you are fighting so hard to kick the C to the curb.
    What a great article and you are a super-hero in my book, so is your mom for fighting so hard for you.
    Continue on little friend.
    Wags, Noreen & Hunter

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  7. Benny we here are so proud of you and your Mom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. Yeaaaa Benny .....how cool and you deserve it as you are a fighter. Wow you are famous now. Bravo pal. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  9. Now the Whole World knows what a fighter you are Benny!!
    hugs
    Bailey, Hazel & Greta

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  10. Well Benny you were a super hero to us from the get go!! We met you last December when you had my name in the Christmas exchange. When mom saw that special box of nip fishes and Da Bird you send me we were over the moon. Mom and I cannot tell you how happy we are that you are Fighting Like a Frenchie and living and loving each day like only a Fighting Frenchie!!
    Hugs madi your bfff and Mom

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  11. Benny, I'm so happy the west of the wowld now knows, what we knew all along...yoo awe a soopew hewo. You make us all smile wif yoow attitoode and smile and bwavewy...yoo give countless hoomans and woofies hope

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  12. I hots cut off by bloggie befowe i coold say..i am continooly cwossing my paws fow yoo!
    Yoo look soopew in yoow cape
    Smoochie kisses
    Asta

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  13. oh my what a lovely write up...so happy for you and Benny!

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  14. oh my what a lovely write up...so happy for you and Benny!

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  15. We all knew you are a star, Benny. Now the world knows too. I am pretty sure you are gonna be on the Ellen DeGeneres show before you know it!!!
    Love Noodles
    PeeEss, if she (Ellen) gives out gifts to the audience, can you score me some? Shhhhhh. I don't want everypuggy this think of this. Can you imagine trying to score gifts for all 3,000 of your followers. If that happens, just remember I was one of your first followers.

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  16. Benny!Benny!Benny!You are a Super Hero!xx Speedy

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  17. We read that article and were so proud to call you a furiend!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  18. We always knew you were a superhero Benny!!! We are so proud to know you and we are glad that the newspaper published an article about you!! xo Chloe and LadyBug

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  19. What a wonderful article, sounds like you are a celebrity at your vets - you really are a superhero Benny!
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

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  20. Fantastic article Benny. Not only are you a tiny superhero you are famous to boot! I pray that your treatments make you 100% better and very soon.

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  21. That is SUPER Pawsome Benny:-) Your are a SuperHero Miracle. Sending you Lots of Golden LOVE n Woofs, Sugar

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  22. Well you have become our super star Benny and we all love you and so does everyone :) xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

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  23. Yep, you're famous Benny!! Can we have your pawtaugraph? :)

    Karen and Riley

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  24. Wow Benny, you truly are a super hero! Well done!

    Licks,
    Cobi

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  25. You're a Super Hero--leave out that tiny bit! Great article.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

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  26. This is wonderful Benny and you are my super hero too.!
    love
    tweedles

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  27. Benny what a pawtastic article and you ARE a "Miracle Boy Super Hero!!!"
    xoxo

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  28. Benny this is so amazing and you look totally fantastic in your Tiny Superhero cape...I hope this story brings you all the attention you deserve and inspires others

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  29. Benny I have happy tears for you. You are a superhero.
    Sue B

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  30. That is so cool, Benny! You are definitely a tiny superhero. :)

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  31. Oh Benny, now the entire world knows how pawsome you are dude!!! (well, at least Orange County does!! BOL) That was a FABulous article! Loved it! I am so glads you were featured ~ it can help other doggies too!!
    FLAF!!
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  32. Great article! Now you even have more people and animals rooting for you - we all want the best for you. Fight like a frenchie - hugs, sandy

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  33. What an awesome article, Benny!!! You ARE a SuperHero!!!!!
    We heart you.
    xxoo
    Glogirly, Katie & Waffles

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  34. We already knew you were famous ... it's about time the whole world knows it!
    We love you!


    Love Zoe, Peyton, Webster, Liberty & Whitney

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  35. Wow Benny! You are even more famous and we are grateful for your story (even if it gave Mommy the leaky eyes). Keep Fighting Like a Frenchie!
    -Mister

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  36. Wow~ I know some buddy famous now!!! Way to go, Benny~ you've earned that cape.
    Love,
    Lily

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  37. Woohooo....Benny, you are not only a Tiny Superhero, you are also MY hero!
    Fight on, MY hero!

    Loves Lots,
    Bowie

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  38. You definitely deserve your cape Benny, it's awesome! The article was a wonderful way to show you really are a superhero!
    Lots of Love, Ruby & Zu

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  39. We are SO proud of you! The mom person is in tears because this is such a special honor for such a special dog and family.

    We've always known you were a super hero, and now there's proof.

    Hugs & Love,
    Pam & Oskar

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  40. Oh Benny :) How truly special you are and what a beautiful cape that show everyone just what a strong boy you are to be fighting of the cancer sickie. Milo & Jet

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  41. Thats a great story Benny and you are our super hero!!!

    wags
    Jazzi

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  42. What a wonderful article! You are a super-Hero, Benny!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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  43. Aww Benny mate, that was wonderful. You certainly are our Tiny Superhero. No worries, and LOVE, Stella and Rory

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  44. Benny you really ARE a Tiny Superhero and deserve the honor of wearing the cape! We do think you're a miracle boy and all the love you get from your doctors and your friends and family just MUST be helping you beat that nasty cancer. We are so happy that you're in remission.....you are our favorite Superhero my friend!

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

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  45. Benny, you wear the mantle of FAME with such panache! Tiny Superhero? Nahhh You are as BIG a hero as any hero I have ever seen. Fight baby, fight like the hero you are. Somtehr that cancer into oblivion with all of our love, prayers and support. Can momma re print the article on Silvieon4? We would like to get yo some more donations.

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  46. Dear Benny Pal
    You look like super-dog with that beautiful cape.
    Keep fighting like a frenchi, our support always with you.
    love from Panama
    Chester & mom

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  47. Congratulations on being in the newspaper!

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  48. you can't argue with the oc register. you absolutely are a tiny super hero.
    wags, bailey unleashed

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  49. Benny I is so proud of you. I is so very sorry I wasn't around in blogville during your struggle and I am so glad you are still around and going strong. The world needs & loves it's Benny.

    Woof - Tucker

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  50. WOW! Conga rats Benny!! You are certainly my super hero!! :)

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  51. Benny this is so wonderful you surely are a superhero


    urban hounds

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  52. SUPER BENNY!! Your article is soooo awesome!! I'm so happy that you are getting the extra recognition that you sooo deserve! Taylor sends you a big kiss! <3

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  53. Absolutely awesome. I love the cape, and I love that Benny is doing so well!

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  54. Your a miracle boy Benny.
    Keep fighting like a frenchie.
    We got your back.

    xo Cinnamon

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  55. What a great story about our buddy Benny! Keep up the fight mate!

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