Cameron is a Black Lab in training with the NEADS organization to become a Service Dog. Cameron came to NEADS in June of 2010 by way of a private breeder donation in Maine. After a few weeks in the Early Learning Center in Princeton, N.J., he went into NEADS Prison PUP Partnership Program at North Central Correctional Institution in Gardner, MA. Inmates there raise and train NEADS dogs as Service Dogs. One day over the summer, Cameron’s inmate handler found a tumor in his mouth while brushing his teeth and doing his daily health check. NEADS was told that with proper treatment, Cameron could go on with his “mission” of assisting someone who is deaf or physically disabled.
The Riedel & Cody Fund helped NEADS with the cost of Cameron’s cancer treatment. By early December 2010 Cameron was recovering following a successful surgery to remove his tumor. Cameron is now back with his inmate handlers to resume and is doing really well! Based on the biopsy report, Cameron’s doctors think he has the potential to live a long happy life.
Here’s a link to the NEADS website: http://www.neads.org