Friends of Darien's Boxie the Boxer seek help for medical expenses

Many Darien residents, especially those who have attended parades, will find Boxie the Boxer's face familiar.

That's because he rides along on a motorcycle through the parade with his owners,  Kenneth and Catherine Doran. Boxie has been riding on a motorcycle since he was two months old.

At only 4 years old, Boxie was just diagnosed with stage III lymphoma after a lump was found under his neck less than a week ago.

According to a GoFundMe campaign set up for his medical treatment, after seeing a specialist in canine oncology, his owners were told that without treatment Boxie would have a horrible few weeks, resulting in him choking since the tumor would grow and it is so close to his throat.

After his owner (a Vietnam veteran) had cancer, they got Boxie. Boxie not only became the best thing that happened to them, but to so many others, according to the page.

Boxie is a therapy dog and volunteers every week in the cancer ward of the the VA hospital in West Haven. Every week when patients see Boxie they become so excited and say "today is Thursday! It's Boxie Day!".

"The costs of all the treatments (19 weeks of chemo) come to about 10k. His owners cannot afford that and are so appreciative to anyone who can donate. No amount is too small. He has truly touched and saved the lives of so many that surround him and have met him, and now it is our turn to pay it back to him," the page says.

"We hope this can buy him more time to be able to continue to serve our veterans and make them smile, ride around his motorcycle, frequent his favorite local drinking hole (a bar!), walk with his friends in the morning, play soccer in his yard, have staring contests with the frogs in the pond, and continue to bring joy and love to those around him, mostly to his amazing parents who worship him," it says.

To read more of Boxie's story, see more photos or to donate to Boxie's fund, visit gofundme/boxie.