UK Boy Finds Pet While Fighting Cancer In OK - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

NEWS

UK Boy Finds Pet While Fighting Cancer In OK

Posted: Updated:
Getting a cancer diagnosis is life changing at any age. But as patients begin their treatments, sometimes a little therapy from the canine variety can help ease the stress. Getting a cancer diagnosis is life changing at any age. But as patients begin their treatments, sometimes a little therapy from the canine variety can help ease the stress.
OKLAHOMA CITY -

Getting a cancer diagnosis is life changing at any age. But as patients begin their treatments, sometimes a little therapy from the canine variety can help ease the stress.

A little boy from the United Kingdom is getting that therapy right here in Oklahoma. He's found a pet to help him get through the fight of his life. Oscar Hawthorne, 10, isn't shy to tell you what's going on inside him.

“I have Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma,” Oscar said. “It just came up like a marble in the side of my face.”

Doctors first thought it was a blood clot that would simply go away but the bump on the side of his face kept growing.

“We went to Oxford Hospital and got a CT scan and an MRI and they found out it was cancer,” he said.

“The bottom drops out of your world when you get that diagnosis,” said Sarah Hawthorne, Oscar’s mother.

After failed treatments back home in the United Kingdom, his mother brought him here to Oklahoma where he's preparing to undergo 28 treatments of proton beam therapy, something that he says makes him nervous. But now enter Indy into his life, a former stray.

Click here to learn more on the therapy dogs at Integris Cancer Center. 

“They just immediately connected," said Sandra Roberts, Indy's handler. "It was like they had known each other and met before."

Indy is a certified pet therapy dog and has logged nearly 200 hours at ProCure Proton Therapy Center alone, visiting patients and families during treatments.

"There's research that is lowers blood pressure and heart rate and it just makes people feel more at ease," said Roberts. 

And for Oscar, he's a positive distraction.

"It kind of takes my mind off things," Oscar said. "Indy really helps me get through it."

"He definitely has his moments when he wishes he could turn the clock back but I think on the whole, he's incredibly positive," Sarah Hawthorne said.

Oscar begins his treatments on Monday and hopes to be home by Christmas.

Click here to follow Oscar's progress on Facebook. 

Special Features

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

Politics

Breaking political news & the latest headlines from the state capitol & D.C.

Radars

See where weather is happening using our live interactive radars.

Technology

Spend your money wisely with reviews of new tech gadgets & the latest news in technology.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive
Powered by Frankly
News 9
7401 N. Kelley Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
News9.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KWTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.