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07th Jan 2015

Strangers Send Thousands Of Dog Photos To Teen Cancer Patient To Lift His Spirits During Chemo

The Facebook page has attracted 1.2m users.


A teenager in the US has received thousands of dog photos from people all all over the world who hoped to lift his spirits during chemotherapy.

16-year-old Anthony Lyons was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2014 and has been forced to spend extended periods in hospital due to his illness.

According to the Huffington Post, he became visibly happier after spending time with the hospital’s therapy dogs so friends set up a Facebook page inviting people from across the globe to share photos of their pets.

Since then, over 1.2 million have taken part in the initiative and uploaded over 500,000 photos for Anthony, along with encouraging messages.


Anthony’s mother took to the page last weekend to thank people for the outpouring of support, saying “God bless you and God bless the world wide web”.

“Anthony is smiling joyfully because of you. One thing I have to say is make yourself smile too by looking at these beautiful animals that God gave us. I can’t stop crying from tears of happiness.”

You can check out the Photo Doggies For Anthony page here and a separate page to raise money for his treatment has also been set up here.