BENEFITING: Frankie's Friends
A brave and unusually special white shadow who inspired others and made us wonder how something so little wasn't so little at all. (November 13, 2011 – May 11, 2014).
About Lily: Lily was a happy, vibrant and healthy 2.5 year old Maltese. She was a New York sweetheart and an exemplary law-abiding canine citizen. At only 4.25 lbs, she could run 4-miles, dance on command, say her prayers, double high-five you for a job well-done, and fist-bump when she was extremely pleased with herself. Lily was very well-mannered and never barked unless there was a good reason: she literally spoke up for others. And her outlook on life was quite simple: to love all creatures great and small.
Suffering Silently: On March 24, 2014, Lily received a cocktail of standard vaccines. Immediately afterwards, she was shaking, sweating and vomiting. Her human was told this reaction "was normal." Lily recovered a couple days later, and then experienced a gamut of other devastating symptoms weeks later. Her immune system was attacking her brain (known as Granulomatous Meningoencephalomyelitis (GME) or Necrotizing Meningoencephalitis (NME).
After a hard-fought battle—with four hospitals and nine veterinarian specialists—Lily’s family and friends learned the hard way that her experience did not have happen the way that it did.
Lesson Learned: One of the most important lessons Lily taught us is that as long as an issue remains invisible, it is guaranteed to remain insolvable. The Lily Fund is being established to centralize the effort to contain, control, and prevent cases of over-vaccination and support research identifying the causes of GME / NME in small dogs. We must proceed with caution. Raise awareness. Seek to understand the situation. Contain it. Control it. Prevent it.
Help start a movement and support leading researchers in this field find hope, and the cause of this life threatening disease. Please make a generous donation today. With your help, Lily’s voice can be heard, and her message will live on forever.