Camp Casey needs help with 'Moe' the therapy horse's vet bills - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

Camp Casey needs help with 'Moe' the therapy horse's vet bills

Posted: Updated:
Lauren Kolar sits atop of Camp Casey's Moe. Lauren Kolar sits atop of Camp Casey's Moe.

In this news town, you're used to hearing about the bad guys.  This is a story about a good guy.  He's devoted his entire life to helping kids, and now he needs help from you.

"Moe is just one of a kind.  He is the most gentle, docile, giant horse.  He's not a pony.  He's a large horse and he really knows when he is doing his job.  He shows up to the doorstep and immediately he bows his head down to be with the children, and he's just a gem," said Molly Reeser with Camp Casey.

But these days their is a little less sparkle in Moe's eyes.  He's a therapy horse for Camp Casey specially trained for kids battling cancer, but now he has a battle of his own.  It started when he was diagnosed with colic, a condition that can be fatal in horses.

"He made it through the colic and he's recovering from that.  However, there were complications with his treatment, and so he's not out of the woods quite yet."

Camp Casey is one of the only organizations that allows siblings to share in the day of fun and they have no age limit for cancer patients, which is why then two-year-old Lauren Kolar had the best day ever.

"She got up on Moe and if only for a day she got to be a kid.  There was no talk of cancer.  There was no talk of not having hair or treatment.  It was just being a kid, having fun and enjoying laughing and playing outside," said Norma Kolar, Lauren's mother.

"Sometimes the kids feel as though they lose control, and what Moe does for these kids is he gives them that control back.  He allows them to steer and he allows them to take control of the reigns," Reeser said.

Moe's vet bills are sky high, already more than $2,500, which is overwhelming for a small non-profit.  Now Camp Casey is asking you to get off your high horse and help put these kids back in the saddle.

"There [are] 14 house calls scheduled and Moe is the only horse for Camp Casey.  Those kids have been through so much, and for them to just have the same pleasure that Lauren and Noah were able to have would be wonderful."

The Camp Casey Facebook page has exploded with people showing their support and people who want to check out pictures of Moe and see him in the hospital on his way to recovery.

For more information on how you can help, go to www.camp-casey.org.

_____

UPDATE: Our touching story about Moe the horse helped the organization Camp Casey raise enough money to provide Moe with the medical treatment he desperately needed.     The people at Camp Casey wanted to thank everyone who donated.

But sadly, this story still may not have a happy ending.  Moe suffered complications after having getting surgery for colic.  Now we're sad to report he's still not getting any better and the organization might have to put him down.

Here's hoping that Moe will get the miracle that he has given to so many others.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Grosse Pointe Park's new farmer's market seen by some as a barrier to Detroit

    Grosse Pointe Park's new farmer's market seen by some as a barrier to Detroit

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:25:26 GMT
    Some Detroiters are calling for a boycott of Grosse Pointe Park after the city built a farmer's market that they believe cuts off access to and from Detroit.
    Some Detroiters are calling for a boycott of Grosse Pointe Park after the city built a farmer's market that they believe cuts off access to and from Detroit.
  • Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

    Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:51:50 GMT
    A Detroit teen is seriously hurt after an accident at a Detroit park. He has a long road to recovery ahead, but has a strong support system that isn't giving up hope.
    A Detroit teen is seriously hurt after an accident at a Detroit park. He has a long road to recovery ahead, but has a strong support system that isn't giving up hope.

  • Man shot, killed during carjacking on Detroit's west side

    Man shot, killed during carjacking on Detroit's west side

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:37:16 GMT
    A man was shot to death in an attempted carjacking on Detroit's west side, according to police.
    A man was shot to death in an attempted carjacking on Detroit's west side, according to police.
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices