Marshall Cancer Resource Center and “Images of Hope” would like you to meet MAX!
Our Mascot and Friend for our courageous cancer patients!
When a person is diagnosed with cancer, a strong support system is crucial to enduring the fight against the disease. Four-legged friends are giving that unconditional love, security, companionship and encouragement to those who need it the most! Research shows pets trigger a spike in endorphin levels, the "feel good" hormones, and decrease cortisol, linked to stress.
Many studies have been done that have evaluated both the physical and emotional effects of pet companionship. Focusing on visiting pets-animal assisted therapy, many physical and emotional benefits have been witnessed.
Some of these benefits include:
MAX began his career at the Marshall Cancer Resource Center on March 14. He will undergo extensive service dog training, and will also be available to visit patients at the Hematology/Oncology Clinic and Infusion Center, Marshall Medical Center, and various fundraisers and events in the near future!
- A decreased need for pain medications in those who suffer from chronic pain
- Lowered stress levels
- A calming effect
- Improved mood
- Decreased anxiety in hospital patients
- Decreased loneliness and social isolation, and sense of emotional connection
- Pet therapy may even enhance the will to live
We are overjoyed and excited to welcome MAX to the Cancer Program
to enhance the lives of those we call our heroes…
our very brave cancer patients!
To help with his care, please donate below: