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    Posted October 9, 2013 by
    Bentley5479
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    Great Dane Makes Kids Smile in Hospitals

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Bentley5479 told me, 'My 9-year-old cousin named Chase was diagnosed with bone cancer and was getting chemotherapy at Omaha's Children's Hospital. He was there for over a year and really enjoyed the time he had with the local therapy dogs in the hospital. He kept telling the other kids and staff about a big great dane named Bentley. I wanted Bentley to go through the classes and training so he could go visit Chase and the other kids. Bentley has two Guinness World Records and I knew the kids would enjoy meeting him. Bentley completed his classes and went and visited the kids in Omaha. Chase went through his chemo and is now cancer free and I didn't want to waste Bentley's training so we began to visit Children's Hospitals. A dog food company heard about it and offer to send Bentley around the country to visit kids in hospitals. Bentley has visited with kids in Omaha, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Washington D.C., Long Beach, San Diego, Chicago and Minneapolis. While traveling Bentley has raised over $50,000 for canine and pediatric cancer research. I thoroughly enjoy the kids smiles when they meet Bentley and remember the boredom and tough times being in the hospital and just wanted to help out.' These photos are of Bentley's travels to hospitals around the country.
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    Two years ago, Bentley was just a big hearted Great Dane living a normal dog's life with his family in Colorado. In 2010, his family learned that, Chase, their nine year old nephew in Nebraska, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma bone cancer. Chase immediately began intensive chemotherapy at Omaha Children's Hospital. While at the hospital Chase loved to see the little therapy dogs, and would tell everyone about this big Great Dane named Bentley. We decided to begin training Bentley to be a therapy dog with the hope that Bentley could come and visit Chase and the other children. Bentley worked hard to become a therapy dog. While Bentley was training he was also growing. By the end of the year Bentley was in the running for "World's Tallest Dog." While he eventually missed winning "World's Tallest Dog" by less than 1/4 inch, he was awarded "World's Longest Dog Tail" and "World's Tallest Therapy Dog." We decided that we didn't want to waste Bentley's training and wanted him to visit children in other hospitals. A dog food company heard about Chase and Bentley and decided they wanted to help. They wanted Bentley to go visit children in hospitals all over the country and raise money and awareness for canine and children's cancer research. Bentley went to children's hospitals all over the United States and raised over $50,000 for canine and pediatric cancer research.

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