Therapy dog helps cancer patients

11:03 AM, Sep 5, 2013   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Being hospitalized for an extended amount of time often takes a toll on many patients. For several years, a very special four legged friend has been bringing smiles and laughter to patients who need it the most.

Every week, Deagan trots through the halls of the Cancer Unit at Maine Medical Center, doing what his owner says is his true calling. 

The 160 pound Great Dane is the most anticipated visitor on this floor of the hospital. Giving cancer patients a chance to love on this adorable canine instead of focusing on their treatment.

'I am amazed at the effect he has on people.' said Maggie Fournier, Deagan's owner.

Deagan is a certified therapy dog who brings joy and laughter to people fighting the deadly disease.

Something Fournier knows first hand. More than five years ago she was diagnosed with stage 3 uterine cancer.

Fournier underwent radiation and chemotherapy and has been cancer free for almost five years. But the experience left Fournier, who teaches community health nursing at USM with a desire to give back. After adopting Deagan, they both went through training and started making the rounds -- giving patients courage to fight on.

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