SASHA’S WAY: Young girl with a rare form of cancer helping raise money to help local rescued animals


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Sasha Dison’s love for animals began as a young girl. Like her father and grandmother, Sasha has had a special touch with animals. The nine-year old daughter of Jonathan and Larissa Dison has always placed her affection for animals as one of her top priorities.

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On Tuesday, April 29, at The Station Pub & Grille, Sasha’s love for animals will be extended beyond her own touch as a charity event called Taking Care of Paws-Sasha’s Way will take place from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and includes free food and one drink of your choice. The evening will include great music from local musicians who are donating their talents for Sasha’s Way. Dave Anderson, Scott Glennon and Jordan Reynolds will provide music for the evening that will include an array of prizes from local businesses.

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The evening will be held in Sasha’s honor as she is currently battling a rare form of cancer, which was diagnosed nearly three years ago. She expressed her desire to one day become a veterinarian and currently has two cats, a dog, lizard and two frogs as pets.

“She was pleased to find out about her name being included in the effort to raise money for pet care,” said Larissa Dison.

Affection During Adversity

The money raised from the special event will be donated to non-profit Animal Rescue organizations.

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“We knew of Sasha’s love for animals and we got the idea for the TCP after hearing she asked for donations of pet food for her birthday instead of gifts,” said Beth Mumaw, one of the event coordinators along with Shrail Heinrich and Liz Cuneo. “She wanted the pet food donated to help animals at local rescue organizations. We hope others will see that this child is going through so much adversity and will think of her and hope they recognize her heart and love for pets.”

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While attending Piney Chapel Elementary School in 2011, Sasha was found to have a urinary tract infection, but upon further tests, tumors were found in her bladder. More tests soon showed more in her lungs and spine. She was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. A plan was started of 54 weeks of treatment. Radiation treatments and even a new potent drug have been used. Sasha has been in and out the UAB Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.

”It’s difficult for us knowing being a child should be fun,” said Larissa, who has taken a leave of absence from being a teacher at Piney Chapel Elementary. “Sasha knows everything that is going on and doesn’t blame anyone for her condition. She just continues to enjoy life, her parents, and, of course, animals.”

One Girl, One Mission

Tickets can be purchased or a donation can be made by visiting a website that has been established at A Facebook page has been set up at TCP-Sasha’s Way. For information on the event or how to get involved, e-mail at

“We let Sasha pick out the TCP event logo and she chose her favorite colors of turquoise and purple,” added Mumaw. “The Madison Rotary has made this event part of its After Hours Socials. The Station Pub & Grille has extended an incredible willingness to help in this effort to take care of animals through Sasha’s way of love for animals.”

One girl, one mission to help sick and injured homeless pets…Sasha’s way.

By Bob Labbe
Madison Weekly News



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