Golden retriever creates therapeutic environment for children battling cancer (includes video story)

A new staff member at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute is bringing joy to pediatric patients.

Opry, a year-and-a-half-old golden retriever, was donated to the Boston institute with a mission to comfort children battling cancer.

“Knowing that she’s here specifically for them has been so awesome,” said Kate Nixon, a child life specialist at the institute. “We’ve had a few comments from parents who say, ‘We don’t have to get a dog now because we have one here.'”

After two years of training Opry, she is now the institute’s first in-residence faculty dog.

Gloria Selva is a working professional and part-time student who is currently pursuing a B.S. in Communications with a concentration in Digital TV and Multimedia Production. She is focused on advancing her creative abilities and communication skills through formal education and practice. Her ultimate goal is to combine her media expertise and passion for humanities into a career in Television Broadcasting.