The gift in this story was the sacrifice of giving up a beloved pet to help a chronically ill child.
While grieving the loss of Jack, her Jack Russell terrier, whom she had been told was dead, Joann Jackson was not in the mood to receive a prank call. So she was not receptive when Amber Marsh called to tell her she found her dog.
Marsh said she had found a terrier, alive, on the tracks of Gray, and then saw the lost and found notice for Jack.
“It’s not our dog. Our neighbor located our dog’s remains,” Jackson replied.
That ended the first call between Jackson and Marsh.
Following that call, Marsh began making plans for the newly found terrier. It had not taken long for him to bond with her 6-year-old, Jorja (pronounced Georgia). But what the mother had not expected was how the terrier would become a health treatment for her sick girl.
Jorja was born with a rare autoimmune disorder. The disorder is so rare it does not have a clinical name, though it is not ruled out as cancer.
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