Kaitlin has an extremely rare progressive neurological disease related to ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). A normal little girl for most of her life, so far the disease has taken her ability to walk and talk--but it has not taken her joy and charming spirit, nor her love and affection for all animals, especially dogs.
On May 2 Kaitlin underwent an experimental procedure using her own stem cells. Her grandfather Tommy explains:
"Today Kaitlin became the 15th person in the United States to receive a stem cell implant for ALS and the youngest in the world. Her surgery was long but she is resting and everything went exactly as planned. Her vital signs are all good. She looks good. While we do not know the eventual outcome this will give us hope and today is the happiest day of my life."
What started as a get well video from her Aunt Whitney and Uncle Greg has grown into something very special. Please join the "Woof Out" and email a picture of your pet holding a sign to Kaitlin at:
All animals welcome! Please include the name of your pet if it's not written on the sign. If you'd like to pose with them, that's okay too.
We want to send a special thank you to Kaitlin's friends Lizzie and Micki and the rest of the crew at SPOT! Los Angeles and Saving SPOT! Rescue for helping the Woof Out come together. Several of the dogs featured in the gallery are SPOT! rescues looking for homes. So if you fall in love or want to help, please follow their link in the photo captions.