"Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan visits Genesis cancer patients
Cesar Millan, the star of the "Leader of the Pack" TV series, met cancer patient Shiela Jasper of Davenport and the hospital's therapy dog, Logan, on March 22 while visiting the Genesis Medical Center, West Central Park campus in Davenport.
Millan made his visit before he appeared as the keynote speaker for the annual Gilda's Club Quad Cities "Intimate Conversations" fundraising event.
Widely known as the "Dog Whisperer," Millan called therapy dogs "heroes" for helping humans with health challenges to relax and for accepting them unconditionally.
"A dog doesn't see a human as being ill; he sees that he or she needs support," Millan told media who gathered in the Genesis Cancer Care Institute atrium. "When a human is in a weak state, the dog senses it and approaches in a calm way."
He added, "People like to change the identity of dogs, but a dog won't try to change the identity of the human. He just accepts the human as who he is, no matter where he is emotionally, psychologically or spiritually."
Shiela Jasper, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995 and with brain cancer 10 years ago, was thrilled to meet Millan while she was in a therapy session at Genesis Day Rehabilitation. She told him how her own three dogs have brought her comfort during her cancer treatments. Meanwhile, therapy dog Logan has helped her build strength and coordination during rehab exercises like playing ball and bouncing a balloon back and forth.
Millan also went up to the Oncology Unit and met cancer patient Norm Peterson.