For Haku

For: Jules KD
Riverhead, NY
Organizer: Jules Ilikeanani
For Haku (Jules KD)
$3,050
of $8,000 goal.
Raised by 77 donors
38% Complete

The Story

Please help support Haku's cancer surgery 


Many of you know Haku, but some of you might not. Haku is ten years old. He's had epilepsy for about seven years, is missing a kidney, and has had six surgeries - five to repair his hind legs. (The surgeries had to be redone, due to his hypersensitivities to various materials and sutures etc.) His epilepsy has always been difficult to control, and he is on every anti-seizure medication available to dogs. The cost of his meds is about $400 a month.

Interestingly, when Haku needed to have a kidney removed (cryptorchid surgery gone wrong,) the surgeons discovered other, random parts inside of him - AND, he had the hormone levels of a pregnant female dog. 

Haku is so special. He is gentle, naughty, full of love but also full of attitude, and, mostly, he is so adored by his family.

And now, this beautiful puppy has cancer. UPDATE: The cancer was in his small intestine. It is a slow-moving kind, and did not metastasize! That is great news.

I have never given up on Haku and I can't now. 

So I am asking for help. A few months after Haku's epilepsy diagnosis, my father passed away suddenly. He left a $50K life insurance policy. Every cent of it went to medical bills for both of my dogs over the past six years. (My other dog, Sano, is also extremely medically compromised.) I have had people tell me to just euthanize both dogs. That mindset is beyond me. They are family. 

We are in so much debt from veterinary bills, it's going to be years before we're out of it.

The cost of Haku's initial diagnosis was just over $200. An ultrasound to discern the size and location of the mass was $997. Because of the high-risk nature of this particular surgery, and because Haku is a high-risk patient under anesthesia, it's only possible to do this at an emergency clinic with an overnight staff. The surgery is going to be about $5000. (Update: Estimate was $8000.) 

Haku has an awesome team of vets who know him well, and are very fond of his quirky self. I believe his vets are the best on the island. They will absolutely do their best for him.

Anything at all that you can give will be so appreciated. Thank you so much for reading Haku's story.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 26, 2016

Posted on July 26, 2016

Today is Haku's eleventh birthday! He would never have seen this day without that surgery. It was a gamble, but one that paid off.

If anyone can repost this or post it up somewhere new, for Haku's birthday, that would be so awesome. I have to ask you, please: If you have already donated, please don't donate any more. You have already done so much, and a few of you have donated more than once. I just can't thank you enough for that.

But if you know of anywhere else to post this, those reposts and reblogs help a lot.

Thank you all once again, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAKU PUPPY!

Posted on May 28, 2016

Posted on May 28, 2016

Here we are, three (?) months later! Haku is having a great Spring. This is his favorite weather - well, Spring and Fall. You should see him run! And eat, and play. I'm so happy that I went ahead and got the surgery. I can't imagine missing out on this.

I did raise the goal. I just can't seem to get these bills down. My credit card is maxed out; every month I can barely make a dent in it.

Please reblog, if you can! And thank you all so much!

Posted on April 12, 2016

Posted on April 12, 2016

Just wanted to say, HEY! I got to the halfway point!  ^_^  Thanks to a HUGE donation, actually, for the fic auction.

I don't want to jinx anything, but Haku is great. He's had so many surgeries, but I've never seen him bounce back so quickly. His incision healed up with no pain. He never licked at it or even really bothered with it at all. The staples came out and now all he wants to do is run and play and eat. We had a beach day yesterday, in fact - Sano had a great time, too.

I just can't thank you all enough. 

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