Lucas began canvassing his neighborhood, handing out flyers to advertise his services. He'd do chores and yardwork, for a small price. All of it going towards the treatment to save Bear.
In addition to Lucas's hardwork, his mother set up a GoFund Me page. The reaction from the neighborhood was immediate. The family has already met their $2,000 goal. Someone even paid for the recurring medication Bear would need in advance, anonymously.
Thanks to the neighborhood, and Lucas, Bear is doing better, but he still has months of treatment left ahead of him. At least Bear knows he has a great human friend to help him get through his rough time.
Vets warn that blstomycosis can't be combated with vaccines or shots. It's a fungus found in certain soils and may be more common in areas that are routinely wet or damp (like river beds or lake shores.) Symptoms include skin sores, coughing and puss in eyes or around the nose.
Humans can also contract the infection. Signs include fever, coughing, shortness of breath and muscle aches. It is difficult to contract as a human, but if you have had exposure to infected soil that you may have inhaled, you should consult a doctor.