Helping Pets Fight Cancer

Scout's Story

We at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine extend our deepest sympathies to David MacNeil and all of Scout’s loving family.

Scout was a beloved companion and family member in the truest sense of the word. He was also a dear member of our School of Veterinary Medicine family – for many months Scout visited the school’s teaching hospital, UW Veterinary Care, to receive cancer therapy. He trotted through the hospital with the most joyful demeanor, greeting all with a big smile and ever-wagging tail, and we will all miss him terribly.

Last summer, when Scout was given a grave prognosis for even short-term survival due to a heart-based tumor, his people refused to give up. They traveled to UW Veterinary Care seeking hope and alternatives. And indeed, this heroic golden retriever beat the odds, all the while maintaining a tremendous quality of life.

Along the way, Scout’s heartwarming story was broadcast to millions through a Super Bowl commercial that not only shared his journey with the world but also drove support for the UW School of Veterinary Medicine’s clinical research to advance cancer treatments and technology – an unprecedented opportunity to highlight on a global stage the importance of veterinary medicine for both animals and people, and our impact in advancing innovative therapies to fight cancer and other devastating diseases.

Scout touched many lives and we share our condolences with all who feel his loss. We will proudly carry on Scout’s legacy and his shining spirit.


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