WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- 2012 is already 9 days old. Do you have your new calendar yet? If you're still looking, how about one that features our best buddies and also supports women facing breast and gynecological cancers?
Critters For The Cure is has a 2012 calendar you may want to pick up. Clancy Kress started Critters For the Cure. It celebrates the power of critters to help people who're facing a life threatening illness.
"There's a lot of research that said if you have a pet, you live longer. It lowers your blood pressure. Just petting your dog lowers your heart rate," said Kress.
It was the unconditional love of Bo's buddy, the Dalmation Triton, that got Trixie Bradfield through the constant changes in her breast cancer diagnosis and treatments.
"I had friends, family around me, but there's still something---whether they're at your feet, I was alone and frightened. They're still there," shared Trixie Bradfield.
Proceeds from the calendar sales will help under insured women or uninsured women handle what Clancy Kress calls "the unspoken side of cancer": the side that deals with the financial aftershocks.
Kress told us, "You shouldn't be in a situation where you have to choose ...do I get a prescription or chemo? You need both. We try to make sure you don't have to choose. You get both."
All of the women featured in this year's calendar are breast cancer survivors. But Critters For the Cure also supports women battling GYN related cancers. In addition, Critters offers Job Training assistance and helps women who can no longer care for their pets while they recover.
To purchase a calendar or donate to Critters For The Cure, click here.
To keep yourself and your Buddy in check, text BUDDYCHECK9 to 25543 for a monthly Early Detection alert. The alerts are sponsored by Washington Radiology Associates.