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Cindy E. Fink - Transition Advisor

Living in rural North Carolina, I have a small 12 acre farm where I live with my animal babies.

Seven dogs, a parrotlet, 2 peafowl, a squirrel, along with a couple of other rescues.

I had done private equine rescue for 10 years, and still have my first and last rescues. One totally blind Appaloosa mare and a double registered Palomino mare that serves as her guide.

Recently retired, I am still involved and licensed in wildlife rescue, rehab and release, and after many years, I never get tired of it. There is always something new.

Wherever possible, I also aid in transport of rescue dogs, or do home visits for potential adopters.

However, none of the above had prepared me for what I had to learn and overcome to care for my best friend and companion, Axle Hunter, when he began to show signs of DM in early 2011. By late in the year, he was totally down with this disease.

His spirit remained strong, and he was in no pain, and as long as he stayed that way, I would care for him..200 %. It was a life-changing experience.

I researched, questioned and learned of the best possible care to keep him happy, and with me as long as possible.

At 115 pounds, I could no longer get him into my bed, so I got a fold-away bed and slept right next to him on his twin mattress in the living room.

Axle never took well to a cart, so his favorite mode of mobility was a large wagon, which we would take “walks” in, so he could keep up with the goings-on outside our home.

Sadly, when the first signs of pain reared its ugly head, I did not allow him to suffer, as I promised I wouldn't.

I lost him on November 15, 2012.

I promised I would continue in his honor, to fight for a cure and treatment for this disease.

And so..I landed here. The Finding the Cure for DM Foundation, with high hopes, that together, we will make a difference.

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