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‘Pink Pooch Parade' cheers breast cancer patients

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PLANO, Texas -

Therapy dogs donning special pink costumes brought cheer to Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano on Tuesday morning.

The fashionable four-legged friends paraded the halls of the hospital and stopped by rooms as part of the 7th Annual Pink Pooch Parade.

The event helps to raise breast cancer awareness while entertaining patients, according to the hospital's director of cancer services, Joe Brown.

"It's great," Brown said. "We deal with some pretty tough stuff here at the hospital and this just gives an opportunity to take their minds away from what they're dealing with."

Patient Vanessa Strubelt, who has two dogs at home, said the canine companions are a nice break from hospital life, especially between visits from family and friends.

"During the day it gets lonely here and it's nice to have, to see pets," she said. "I'm a pet lover."

For more information about breast cancer and the Dallas Komen Race for the Cure, visit our breast cancer awareness page:

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