(KUTV) This week's pay it forward is a four-legged Santa that spread holiday cheer to cancer patients going through treatment on Monday night.
Axel, the canine Kris Kringle, and his helper, cancer survivor Cindy Yorgason, work together as a therapy comfort team.
In May of 2010, Cindy found out she had cancer. She went through a barrage of chemotherapy, had a mastectomy and weeks of radiation. Her dog Axel was by her side the entire time.
During her treatments, Cindy quickly realized how much Axel's unconditional love helped her during those painful days.
"I decided that I needed to share his tenderness and Huntsman was the location where I really wanted to come and do that at," Cindy says.
It's still early, but it looks like Cindy is winning her fight against the cancer. Now, she drives Axel from Ogden to Salt Lake City every week to share his tender heart with other patients at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
"You can see the people light up and it doesn’t even have to be the patients, it can be the nurses and doctors also, and sometimes they need a hug and if I’m able to pay it forward, I love to do that," Cindy said.
Cindy and Axel are one of the many volunteer teams working through Intermountain Therapy Animals and visiting hospitals. For more information about that organization, click here
To learn more about the Huntsman Cancer Institute, click here
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