In 2016, Courtney Gessford was diagnosed with a lemon-sized brain tumor.
In the same period, the Californian woman had already undergone three brain surgeries. Apart from the operations, the 28-year-old also engaged in several radiation treatments and chemotherapy. Amid this painful ordeal, Courtney draws strength from her dog named Clyde.
It was Clyde who was by her side when she learned she had brain cancer. While she was devastated by the news, it was her pooch who helped to alleviate her pain. According to Courtney, she feels better when Clyde is around. This is why Courtney’s friends thought of something that would make their friend more than happy.
One of Courtney’s friends, Maris Loeffler, said in an interview that Courtney shared the therapeutic feelings Courtney experiences when Clyde is around. While this may be absurd to some, Maris believed her friend.
Maris and her other friends then thought of a plan.
According to her, if Clyde is making Courtney happy, what if several puppies and dogs were beside Courtney. Maris then showed Courtney a video of a hospital patient surrounded by dogs.
The video made Courtney very happy and wished for the same thing. This was when Maris and her friends began their action plan. Maris coined the project as “the puppy ambush surprise” to make Courtney feel love amid her condition.
Maris was able to keep in touch with Ryan Hinderman, who is the bridge to make her plans successful. Ryan was the social media coordinator of Front Street Animal Shelter. The shelter agreed with Maris’ idea of surprising Courtney.
In early January, the plan became a reality. When Courtney was undergoing her usual hospital treatment, a group of dogs was by her side. While surprised and shocked, Courtney was so happy with what she saw. Courtney cried and hugged each of the puppies present during that day. She also thanked Maris for making such a wonderful gift for her.
Credits to Front Street Animal Shelter.