Alexis Artis is a lifelong resident of Queen Anne. This Saturday, May 1 Alexis will be hosting an aluminum can drive to raise money for save her dog, Jada, a 2-year-old Afghan Hound who was diagnosed with Chylothorax a few weeks ago. Chylothorax is a very rare disease where excess fluid fills the space around the lungs and can cause impaired breathing by limiting the expansion of the lungs in inhalation.
According to Alexis, Jada had to have emergency surgery to save her life, but the cost of the procedures and treatments has been so extensive, she can no longer afford to cover Jada’s medical bills, much less continued treatment. In the hopes of raising enough money to save her pup, Alexis has turned to the community for support.
A few weeks ago Alexis took the campaign to UW and collected cans from students, faculty and passerby on campus. She’ll be collecting in the McClure parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, and asks anyone interested in donating their recyclable cans to a good cause to stop by. All of the proceeds, she says, will go toward Jada’s medical costs and any excess will be donated to charity.
“All the funds that I have raised so far will be going to her medical bills and anything extra will go to the Seattle Humane Society. My goal over the next few months is to gather about 500,000 aluminum cans,” Alexis wrote.
To show your support and/or follow Jada’s recovery, check out the “Save Jada” Facebook group.