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Current | Healing comfort: Ascension St. Vincent in Fishers kicks off pet therapy program with Paws & Think

A new volunteer at Ascension St. Vincent’s infusion center has been providing patients with the kind of comfort that only a dog can give.

Lulu is a large, black goldendoodle with mounds of soft, curly fur. She is happy to get pets and treats from people going through treatment at the Fishers hospital’s infusion center, and in return, the 75-pound lapdog provides calming, unconditional love to patients.

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Riley Connections: “Teen’s liver was dying, and so was he”

Alex Cruse was living the life of a teenager – going to school, working at Taco Bell and hanging out with friends.

Over the summer, all of that changed. Alex came so close to dying that his mother almost can’t bear to talk about it. Now, he sits beside her at Riley Hospital for Children, meeting a therapy dog named Gus and relearning how to speak through a trach and swallow without choking.

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