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Murphey’s survival tale

Murphey’s survival tale
Murphey's survival tale | Murphey Youngblood, Bark for Life of Weakley County

Murphey Youngblood
With the exception of lacking one eye, it would be hard to tell that yellow Labrador Retriever Murphey Youngblood was a victim of cancer.
On June 15, 2009, Murphey’s parents sought treatment for an eye condition at his local doctor’s office by veterinarian Joe Adcock.
Adcock biopsied a growth on Murphey’s eye. After several tests, the doctor determined that Murphey had a mast cell tumor on his right eye that had originated from conjunctiva.
After visiting with specialists in Memphis in search of treatments, Murphey’s family learned that radiation would not guarantee their canine companion’s survival chances.
Five months after being diagnosed with cancer, Adcock removed Murphey’s right eye on Nov. 9, 2009 giving him the best chance of survival.
Murphey’s family said that after adjusting to having only one eye, Murphey has recovered quite well from his surgery and lives a fun-filled, active life.
The surgery proved a success and Murphey celebrated his sixth birthday on March 9 as a cancer survivor.
Murphey was named the honorary chair of the Bark for Life of Weakley County. Murphey will share his story with other survivor canines on Saturday.
Bark For Life is a fundraising event for canine survivors as well as victims and their owners. It is similar to a Relay For Life but this event is for dogs.
The money raised will benefit the American Cancer Society. There is one team from each of the three Relay For Life events in Weakley County.
Beech Spring Baptist is participating from Weakley East, Family Ties from Weakley Southwest, and Weakley County Animal Clinic from Weakley West will be a part of the Bark for Life.
The proceeds will be split equally from the Bark For Life and be credited to the teams that are working the event. Contact any of the three teams with questions.
The cost to participate in Bark for Life is $15 per dog the day of the event. Participants can pre-register at the Weakley County Animal Clinic for $10.
Every dog that enters will receive a Bark For Life bandana. It is an additional $5 charge to enter the pet show.
There will be several categories and prizes for each winner. There is also a Top Dog prize for the dog that raises the most money prior to the event.
The Top Dog will get a gift basket with several wonderful surprises.
The event is set for Saturday from noon until 3 p.m. at the Martin Recreation Complex. Everyone is invited to attend.
WCP 4.22.10

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