What if your human had to be in a hospital with no feline contact for several weeks? That’s what happened to Maga, a cat-loving 16-year-old who is battling acute myeloid leukemia. When she had to be isolated at the Seattle Children’s Hospital for treatment of graft-versus-host disease (a complication that can happen while fighting this cancer), it meant no visits from her cat Merry. John Blalock, who works with young cancer patients through his hospital art program, spoke with Maga about this and came up with the Cat Immersion project. The hospital’s Facebook page asked for photos of cats for Maga — and 3,000 kitties were uploaded! The hospital staff put together a four-hour video, and you can see the highlights in the 2:48 video below:
If you can’t see the above video, click here to watch it on YouTube!
I think I recognized a few of my friends in there! When humans (and kitties) are sick and fighting disease, whether mild or life-threatening, attitude plays a big part in getting better. Thanks to all of you who participated, Maga got a big dose of feline healing energy.