CureSearch Redux

Callie, Sophie and Zena

I try hard never to take for granted the glowing health, intelligence, compassion, beauty and wide ranging and quite amazing capabilities of all three of my children. I am consciously grateful that the inevitable conflicts that arise in the parent/child relationship are the normal and healthy ones and are a sign I’m doing something right.

In my role as a social worker and dog trainer I provide service dog training and am directly engaged in helping both children and adults with special needs. No need is as special as the gift of life.

Last year on an uncharacteristically windy day in Cleveland, Ohio on Wade Oval in University Circle (near the Cleveland Art Museum), Team A Better Pet braved the elements to join others in raising money to help provide much needed research dollars to help find a cure for childhood cancer. We walked in memory of Olivia Crowley, an irrepressible girl who expressed such joy despite the ravages of childhood cancer. I met Olivia when she was 8. I  reveled in meeting such a young and natural trainer whose wish for a service dog to help her in her battle came true. Olivia just got the simple but important art of partnering with her dog Charlie. But sadly, Olivia lost her battle for life from Ewing’s Sarcoma at the tender age of 10. Charlie the golden retriever, now 7 1/2 years old, remains as a loyal and shaggy companion to her parents and sister.

Olivia & Charlie.

Please join us for our second annual Curesearch Walk as we celebrate and honor children from Northeast Ohio who have been affected by children’s cancer. Donate what you can to team A Better Petters or better yet, dare to join us for the walk (with your well behaved dogs of course) on Saturday, June 4. If you don’t already have a Har-Vest, through the month of April anyone who signs up to walk on the team or even just support the team and donates $50 or more to this worthy cause can get a Har-Vest for HALF PRICE (or earmark a discounted one to the individual or organization of their choice)!

But wait, there’s more! This very special day will include prizes, music, food, and fun activities for the entire family! Please encourage your friends and family to join us as we raise funds to reach the day when every child with cancer is guaranteed a cure!

Register today and support children’s cancer research!

If you don’t live in Northeast Ohio,  find a local walk near you.

Event Schedule
Registration/Check In
8:30 am – 9:30 am 


Opening Ceremony and Walk
9:30 am – 10:30 am

Event Location
University Circle
Wade Oval
1 Wade Oval Dr, Cleveland, OH

Raise $100+ and receive the official CureSearch Walk T-shirt!


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