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Dr. Randy Lange, a veterinarian in Tennessee, became frustrated at the lack of materials explaining surgery and offering comfort at a child’s level when his young daughter underwent surgery. That, along with his deep understanding of the powerful bond between humans and animals, led him to develop the Josh Kit. A Josh kit consists of a stuffed golden retriever named Josh and a book called “I’ll be OK” that is designed to keep kids company during long and lonely hospital stays.
Our SCAVMA organization has been challenged by SAVMA to have a friendly competition with the other veterinary schools to raise money for this project. The Josh Project, as we are calling it, is a great way for you and UC Davis SVM to get involved in the local community to benefit children. Josh Co, LLC, will make a $5 contribution to the Children's Miracle Network for every kit that we sell and each kit will be delivered to a hospitalized child at the UC Davis Children's' Hosptial. In addition, SAVMA will match the winning school's donations (up to $5,000).
If you have ever spent time in a hospital, you know how lonely and scary it can be, especially for a child. Wouldn’t it be great if they could have a stuffed dog and a book to comfort them? Each Josh Kit costs $40, and we are asking for and accepting donations to SCAVMA so that we can purchase as many kits as possible and win the challenge set forth by SAVMA. Our goal is to raise at least $5,000. Please contact the current Josh Project Coordinator for more information.
Donations of all sizes are appreciated and welcomed! If you would like to donate, you can do so online or please make checks payable to SCAVMA with “Josh Project” in the memo line and return them to:
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
Office of the Dean
One Sheilds Avenue
Davis, CA 95616