Help Keolu Beat Cancer

Update posted by David Polifko On Oct 14, 2020


I want to sincerely thank everyone who so generously donated to Keolu’s surgery and treatment expenses.

It was well over a month ago our veterinarian diagnosed his cancer and treatment began. After a successful surgery removed his two tumors, Keolu’s enthusiasm and energy made his incision heal slower than we had hoped. Every time he got excited and jumped around it put pressure on his sutures which extended his healing time and delayed his homecoming.

But after a long stay in the hospital, he finally came home for rest and recuperation. Every day he improves and is in much better spirits. He still doesn’t like his cone or his clothes, but they help him avoid licking his wound. And when I’m at work his sister Ippo keeps him company and makes a good napping companion.

We have more visits ahead to monitor his progress and more tests to confirm his cancer treatment was successful. But the majority of his veterinary bills have been covered through your many donations. Without your support it would have been difficult to provide Keolu the needed care and support and for that we will always be grateful.

Thank you again for all your generosity. – Kazu & Keolu

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Update posted by David Polifko On Oct 01, 2020

Yesterday Keolu came back from the animal hospital and he is happy to be back home to relax and recover. His surgical wound is still healing and needs a bit of daily care and he has to stay mostly inside (no long walks for a while). He also needs to return to the vet over the next month on a regular schedule to make sure he is healing well. But he is happy to be home! If all goes well on his current therapy, we'll see what the next steps in the next month (more therapy, scans etc.). But it is great to have him back!

Thank you all again for your support!

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Update posted by David Polifko On Sep 21, 2020

Keolu was supposed to come home tomorrow. But since he's such an active guy (he loves to move and jump up) some of his sutures tore, exposing the surgery incision and got a small infection. So his stay at the pet hospital will be up to another week until he's well enough to come home. In order to help him rest and be a bit less excitable, they're moving him to a smaller unit.

I'm very sad that he can't come home on schedule, but I'm glad he is still getting excellent care after such a big surgery. Thank you all again for your love and support!

Kazu

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Update posted by David Polifko On Sep 16, 2020

Keolu made it through his surgery today and is now going to rest and be observed for the week ahead at the surgery center. If all goes well, he’ll be able to come home next Tuesday! Once the pathology results are back, the doctor will then decide on the next course of treatment. But chemo is most likely the next step. Unfortunately he has a shaved hip and large scar as they accessed both tumors through the same incision. But his spirits are good! Thank you all again for your love and support! I’ll add a few photos of him after surgery in the picture collection.

Kazu

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Update posted by David Polifko On Sep 13, 2020

Unfortunately, the surgery that was scheduled this past Saturday has been postponed. The doctor who was scheduled to operate had to perform an emergency surgery on another pet. So Keolu will be going back on Tuesday the 15th Sept. But I was able to spend the weekend with Keolu and he has a few more days for his medicine to help before surgery.

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Update posted by David Polifko On Sep 09, 2020

Thank you again to everyone who generously donated to help Keolu so far – it means so much to me.

Keolu had an appointment yesterday to see how his medication is helping to shrink the visible tumor. His doctor says it was working well and said he is ready for the next step in his treatment.

I will bring him back to the vet on Saturday for his surgery and he will be there for a week while he recovers. I’m going to miss him while he is gone especially since I won’t be able to visit him during his stay because of COVID precautions. After his surgery I’ll find out how successful it was and what his next treatment will be.

Much love to all-

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Dear Keolu, Please save all your energy so you can GO HOME SOON! You know all of your friends + Dad and sister miss you terribly!!! You are such a good boy. Be Safe, Colleen

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給料入ったから追加ね。 これからが大変だと思うけどがんば!

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Dear Kazu, Wishing your best boy, MANY happy times together. He looks so handsome. (So do you!) in the pix you send David. I’m. Concerned, but I am assured that he got great care and is doing quite well post op. I’ve been in your situation so I know it isn’t easy. Best to Keolu and you, I am dog crazy too!!! Colleen

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Wishing you and Keolu all the best. Love, Kevin

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気持ちばかりですが、がんば!

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I hope all is well very soon dear Kaz

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