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article imageCouple forgoes 'dream wedding' to save beloved dog

By Greta McClain     Sep 9, 2012 in Lifestyle
Port Orange - A Port Orange, Florida couple spent their entire wedding fund to pay for treatment for their beloved pit bull, Koda. Koda, whom the couple adopted from a local shelter, was diagnosed with a liver shunt during a veterinary check-up.
Melanie Cannon and Eddie Hanna adopted Koda from the Halifax Humane Society in April and were looking forward to the three of them having a long, happy life together. However, during a routine vet visit, they were told that Koda had "the worse case of liver shunt" the vet had ever seen and that he would need life-saving medical care and medication for the rest of his life. Although they had purchased pet insurance to cover such things, their claim was rejected and they had to decide how they would pay for the medical expenses.
According to Dog Heirs, the couple had already lost a substantial amount of money when they had to cancel their wedding in October of last year after Cannon's grandmother passed away. With the wedding only a week away, vendors would not refund their money. They couple was now faced with the choice of using their wedding fund to pay for Koda's treatment, or give Koda the best life they could during the time he had left and allow him to pass away. They chose to forgo their wedding, use the money they had saved in the wedding fund and get Koda the treatment and medications he needed. The Daily Mail quotes Hanna as saying "We just did what anybody would've done. He deserves to be alive and to be loved."
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Cannon and Hanna are being rewarded for their selfless act to save Koda. When the Humane Society heard of their sacrifice, staff began contacting local businesses and asking them contribute to Melanie and Eddie's wedding.
Radar online reports Miguel Abi-hassan, executive director of Halifax Humane Society, said "It really hit home with our entire staff. We felt we needed to be able to do something to turn that around."
Turn it around is exactly what they did. Nearly a dozen companies, including a florist, photographer and musician, are donating their services to help give Cannon and Hanna the wedding of their dreams. Amber's Jewel Catering is also stepping up to help, offering to cater and provide the venue for the reception.
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