Doggy therapy for cancer patients

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URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — Cancer patients at Carle Hospital in Urbana now have a new type of therapy.

One patient says having the dogs there makes a world of difference because a dog’s love and support is unconditional. This little pup is Cooper. He’s a registered therapy dog. Chris Fella was just diagnosed with cancer a few months ago. He says his dogs at home and the cancer therapy dogs have helped him get through one of the roughest times he’s faced so far.

“It’s pretty overwhelming, but it makes me feel really well to be loved like that and it’s nice that I have a relationship with my dogs. It makes me feel good.”

He says the dog’s energy gave him energy too to get through his recovery. Right now they have 12 dogs that come to spend time with patients in the cancer wing.

This is brand new at Carle so they’re looking for more dogs to volunteer. If you have a registered therapy dog, you can contact the cancer wing to sign up. Their number is (217) 383-3010

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