Teenager’s dream of having a dog came true after battling cancer with arduous treatment

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Johnny's wish comes true after arduous chemo treatment of getting a dog
Johnny's wish comes true of having a dog companion.
Johnny and his new dog companion. His dream came true. Photo: WGN9

Johnny Martin had a rare soft cell cancer. He was treated at Chicago’s Lurie Children’s Hospital with 26 hours of surgery which removed dozens of tumours inside his chest and a year of 5-days-a-week chemotherapy during which he looked out over a local dog park dreaming about living with a dog companion. He wanted a corgi.

“It was all he wanted to talk about, so we knew we needed to get in touch with an organisation that could fulfil that wish for him.”

Social worker Jessica King

He made that known and social worker Jessica King contacted a charity which organises puppies for animal lovers fighting illnesses, Little Wish Foundation, to make arrangements for Johnny’s dream to come true with the gift of a cute, female, black-and-white corgi. “This is my baby…”

Johnny's wish comes true of having a dog companion.
Johnny and his new companion. Photo: WGN9. “This is my baby” said Johnny. I love it. Cracking story.

He was given the dog in the street as shown in the photos. Johnny has been told he is cancer free. He takes drugs to keep it at bay.

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