A Woman’s Best Friend Turns to Man’s Best Friend

TIVERTON, R.I.—When Sue Kent’s closest friend, Patty Kubacki, was diagnosed with late stage breast cancer in ’05 and told she had less than a 50 percent chance of beating it, Kent leapt to her rescue with some furry friends in tow. Inspired by her dogs’ active role in the healing process—always there with unconditional love, accompanying them to chemo treatments and ready to walk every day as part of Kubacki’s recovery—Kent and husband Gary created the cartoon dog, Hope, pairing it with the phrase, Sit. Stay. Heal. Help Find a Cure. They printed the logo on T-shirts and sold them to help raise much-needed funds for the cure, donating profits from shirt sales to the American Cancer Society.

Kent then created Hope’s feline friend, Spirit, a bright-eyed cat stating Purr for the Cure. Together, the duo is spreading awareness, giving endless support and raising money toward curing cancer. Now in her fourth year battling the disease, Kubacki’s cancer has gone from stage 3B down to stage 2 and she continues to be a profile of courage, strength and determination. Shirts and more info are available at

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