Jeanette Cereske

Winning submission by jacereske
Jeanette Cereske

Your Pet's Name

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Sugar

Date and Location of Photo

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February 2013, San Francisco, CA

How Does your pet add value to your life and community?

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Our sweet Sugar was diagnosed with feline mammary cancer in January 2013. After this happened and I told people that my cat had breast cancer, I realized that a lot of people (many of them pet owners) do not know that animals get mammary cancer. So Sugar and I started Sugar Rub! to raise awareness and encourage owners to do regular breast exams (a Sugar Rub!) on their pets.

Sugar has had a unilateral mastectomy, two lumpectomies and just finished five rounds of chemo. Through her Facebook page and website she has raised awareness and now people all over the world know about mammary cancer in animals and they are checking their pets regularly.

Because of Sugar, people whose cats have mammary cancer are reaching out to me. I have had several people contact me because they are now going through this and I am in daily contact with them as they travel this hard road. Some days it feels like I am virtually holding their hands.

Sugar means everything to me. I nursed her through two surgeries and saw her through five chemo treatments. As sad as it has been, our bond has grown and is so intense and strong. This picture of her wearing her pink ribbon breast cancer collar was taken in early February after her first surgery to remove her lump and chain of mammary glands. She still has her blue e-collar on and when I look at this picture I see our brave warrior fighting the hard fight. Throughout all of it she has remained her same sweet and loving self, living up to her name every day.

Sugar is an inspiration to all who know her.

Which Shelter would you like the $1,500 donation to be made to on your behalf?

Shelter: Cat Adoption Team Kitten Foster Program

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Congratulations to Jeanette and Sugar! Thank you so much for choosing CAT as your charity -- we just got the $1500 donation today. That made a lot of kittens SUPER HAPPY! :)

by Svoty
about 1 year ago | Reply

Sweet Sugar girl -- you are an inspiration to all! Lots of Purrs, Kisses, and Hugs to you always..........♥♥♥

by connie.falzon
about 1 year ago | Reply

Sugar says" Thank you Auntie Connie!" XX

by jacereske
about 1 year ago | Reply

You can do it Sugar =) You are such an inspiration to other people who have pets going thru cancer.
Head boops to you and your mommy!
Jessica and Alie

by jessica.warfield.39
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you Jessica! XX Sugar & Mama J

by jacereske
about 1 year ago | Reply

Sugar I am also a Breast Cancer Survivor we are sisters through our illness. Lots of Purrs and hugs to you. I am going to encourage all my cat loving friends to vote for you :) Get better Love your new sister, Shelly Starr

by Starr6078
about 1 year ago | Reply

Sugar says thank you Auntie Shelly! We are warrior sisters and we are fighting back! XX Sugar & Jeanette

by jacereske
about 1 year ago | Reply

This story touched my heart, as my dear bunny Oreo survived breast cancer. She, too, had a mastectomy and removal of the chain of mammary glands, and she too, helped spread the word about mammary cancer in animals. Oreo survived her breast cancer only to develop a tumor of undifferentiated cancer the following year...and she survived that also!

Oreo passed away a few years ago from neurological complications of e.cuniculi, (nothing cancer-related). She was a trooper and an inspiration, and one of my best friends. Blessings to you and your family Sugar, you have my vote.

by phyllis.obeollain
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you Phyllis. We are glad Oreo was a survivor! XX Sugar & Jeanette

by jacereske
about 1 year ago | Reply

Jeanette, you are a wonderful cat mom. I think your shelter of choice might mean that another Sugar might get such a good owner too. I am checking my two cats Squiggles and Scooter right now!!
Pat

by pnedwards
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you Pat! Wishing Squiggles and Scooter good health! XX Sugar & Jeanette

by jacereske
about 1 year ago | Reply

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Submission Began
Wednesday, July 31

Submission Ended
Wednesday, August 14
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Voting Began
Tuesday, September 03

Voting Ended
Tuesday, September 17
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Jeanette Cereske
Jeanette Cereske

Winner Announced
Tuesday, October 01

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