Blood cancers can affect the ones we love, including our furry friends

Blood cancers can affect the ones we love, including our furry friends

“It was October 2019 and I was recovering from a hysterectomy – but my pug Charlie always had to steal my thunder. When I was in bed recuperating, so was he. He was sick and then diagnosed with H.E. This is an immune-mediated hemolytic anaemia, where the white blood cells destroy the red which leads to severe anaemia.I had never heard of this condition. So I thought this was really unique, but it’s happened to many other dogs. Although I didn’t realise how dangerous it was. And if he was going to survive it. I always thought he was going to. But the side effects of the medication were just horrific. Eventually, he lost all his muscle mass.”

Jill Martin, hairdresser by trade, adopted her rescue dog when he was only 2 years old. At the time, Jill suffered from severe depression but he helped her get through the hard times. However, on the 4th of April 2020 Charlie sadly passed away.

“We were all absolutely devastated. He saved me when I was at my worst so I wanted a way to remember him; we keep lovely pictures around the home and a remembrance garden. Then I found out about memory tree planting on Facebook, I thought it was a lovely idea. Obviously I love Northumberland, it is a beautiful place where I used to walk Charlie. It was perfect. While also helping a local charity, Bright Red.”


Bright Red secured a site at Northumberlandia to have our own woodland memorial. This was an opportunity for our supporters to have their own tree, to plant or to purchase – a lasting memorial to celebrate a loved one. Planting a memorial tree for a loved one is a touching way to remember their cherished ones.

“Blood disease and cancers don’t just affect people, they affect others we love. I wasn’t sure if I was able to do it because it would be in memory of a dog – but I was happy to be able to do it and for a good cause too!”

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