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Mar 25, 2020

Fund Established to Offset Care Costs for Veterans’ Pets

The Brodie Fund is excited to announce the launch of Brodie’s Phoenix Fund. The Brodie Fund is a Rumson-based, registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that raises money to offer financial assistance, through grants, to families who have pets fighting cancer. Radiation, chemotherapy, surgery and hospice care become possible. No pet should face economic euthanasia in the fight of their lives because of the owner’s inability to pay.

The Brodie Fund knows that they are not just pets, but they are family. The Phoenix Fund is designed specifically to help veterans’ pets fight cancer. The grants awarded give the gift of time to veterans, who have given so much to our country, and their four-legged family members.

The Phoenix Fund is named in memory of a veteran’s service dog who bravely fought cancer.

Jt and Phoenix

Jt served his country in the Army on active duty for about eight years. He was injured in combat and received a Purple Heart. Diagnosed with PTSD and other significant health issues, his physician recommended he get a service dog. Phoenix intervened when Jt attempted suicide.

Jt is now a veterans program coordinator and peer specialist at a recovery center in Wisconsin helping other veterans. Phoenix was diagnosed with a brain tumor in December 2019. Jt reached out to The Brodie Fund whose staff was eager to help. They reached out to Marisol Thomas and her nonprofit, the Sidewalk Angels Foundation. Together, they were able to fund Phoenix’s radiation treatment. Sadly, Phoenix passed away on Feb. 13.

The Phoenix Fund was established to help veterans like Jt who have pets diagnosed with cancer.

For more information, visit, and follow the group on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @TheBrodieFund.