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North Dakota family uses Facebook to find a bone marrow donor for family dog

Sadie Mae suffers from t-cell lymphoma. Her family is using social media to find a matching bone marrow donor.

To Ashley Hurlbert, of Dickinson, N.D., her boxer, Sadie Mae is an important part of the family, and on Saturday, the Hurlberts decided to use social media to help find a bone marrow donor for their dog who is suffering from cancer, reported WDayNews.

As Sadie Mae's photo and the explanation of the family's four-year-old dog hit Facebook, there have been over 6,400 shares in less than 24 hours.

Sadie Mae has t-cell lymphoma; a veterinarian Dr. Edmund Sullivan from Washington has developed a stem cell therapy treatment which might save her life. At this time Sadie Mae is finishing up her chemotherapy.

Ashley is more than happy to pay all expenses incurred if a donor dog can be found.

“I am sure there are a lot of people who probably would not get what we are willing to do, but she is our family,” Hurlbert stated.

Kamie and Jordan Johnson own the mother and father of Sadie Mae, however neither one of the dog's parents were compatible donors. The Johnsons were very happy to try and help.

Sadie had nine litter mates; all were sold in the general area of Hettinger. Three of the puppies were saved from a local pet store. If anyone has anymore information about those dogs, please contact

One litter mate is now a possible match, and is being tested. There is a 25% chance.

A Facebook page has been set up called Help Sadie Mae.

"Just wanted to quickly say thanks to everyone who has shared and commented and posted. I try to thank as many people as possible individually but this thing is growing and spreading so fast that I fear I miss a lot. My husband and I are just in awe of the support and thoughts and prayers that have gone out for us and Sadie Mae."

Good luck Sadie Mae. We wish you the best.

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