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First Grant from Lilly’s Fund to CHIP Fund

It’s official. We made the first $500 grant from Lilly’s Fund into the CHIP Fund at our primary veterinary hospital. We don’t know yet which dogs and families will benefit, but here is how the deal went down.

I personally delivered a custom-made card (featuring my fav Lilly photo on the cover) with a $500 check. I typed up the note below to go inside the card.

Someone established The Chip Fund at the hospital years ago, in honor of a dog named Chip. It turns out that The Chip Fund is essentially a separate bank account the veterinary hospital keeps. As needed, the veterinarians dip into this account to help people pay their bills. It isn’t an official charity. It’s just a place to park money until it’s needed.

(Interesting and SIMPLE idea … if you followed our frustrating saga of trying to set up Lilly’s Fund.)

champion of my heart dog blog Lilly's Fund grantLet’s all hope the families who benefit feel comfortable contacting me with photos and details on their dogs’ cases so that I can share their stories here.

A few days later, I received this note from Susanne at Table Mountain Veterinary Clinic, our primary veterinary hospital.

champion of my heart dog blog Lilly's Fund grant thank you note

Inside it read as follows …

champion of my heart dog blog Lilly's Fund grant thank you note

More Lilly’s Fund Grants!

I haven’t yet heard from our specialty hospital about a Lilly’s Fund case (or cases) for the remaining $3,343. They may be waiting for our neurologist (really … our neurology resident) to return from his board-exam sabbatical in June.

Just like before last year’s first exam, he took 8 weeks off to study all day, every day. He sits for this second exam, Sunday and Monday — June 1-2.

I sent him a GOOD Luck! note today, and he shared that only 23% of veterinarians who sit for this particular neurology board exam pass. So, I also sent him this photo, saying he could borrow Lilly’s spirit and pretend she was watching over him just like this.

That ought to help. Don’t you think?

champion of my hard border collie Lilly

Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

Jen - May 30, 2014

That help is a blessing for the families who receive it! I do hope they let you share their stories.

I think that picture is perfect to help your neurologist carry through.

Saoirse - May 30, 2014

I love the photo of Lilly watching over the neurology resident. I am so glad Lilly had such great, competent care. Wow, 8 weeks of study. He’s serious! And I’m so happy that her spirit can watch over him. Brilliant, Roxanne.

Brette - May 30, 2014

Wow! I’m so happy to see you moving forward with the donations and that is amazing that that exam is so challenging. You’ve done a wonderful thing and I know it will benefit dog(s) and their families.

kenzohw - May 30, 2014

That’ll help for sure. What a nice thing to do.

KB - May 29, 2014

Wonderful all around!

Sheryl - May 29, 2014

What a wonderful thing you and the memory of Lilly are doing to help other dogs in need.

merr - May 29, 2014

Oh, I love this. Miss Lilly lives on through treatments that help other pets. What a wonderful thing.

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