Young Cancer Patient Inspires with Dog Therapy

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A little girl who was once fighting for her life has found inspiration from her cancer treatments.

Nine-year-old Allison Litvak, of Denver, Colo., used to go through painful chemo treatments after she was diagnosed with cancer years ago.

She is currently in recovery, and she attributes a lot of it to her therapy dog.

Now, she wants to provide the same kind of comfort to other sick children by baking and selling dog biscuits from her front yard.

"Allison has always been one to count her blessings," her mother, Dianna, said. "She would be getting some yucky treatment or getting a transfusion, and she would say 'I'm lucky. I have you here. I have all these friends. I have a wonderful sister.' That's always the way she looked at life is (she) looked outside of herself."

Allison has now raised nearly $20,000 for what she calls the "stink bug project."

Her mother explained how Allison's idea to help other children came about.

"Just one day out of the blue: 'Mommy, I'm going to make dog biscuits. We' re going to sell them, and I want to raise money for a kid to get a dog.' And that's how it all started."

Each dog costs about $450, but the burden has since become a little lighter. Allison's giving spirit inspired one non-profit group to donate $10,000 to help kids just like her.

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