GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A dog and his owner, who realize that Christmas is about helping others, may be spending their last Christmas together. Bannan Max and his owner deliver Christmas presents to the homeless in Grand Rapids every year.
Bannan is a five-year-old boxer whose vet recently found a cancerous tumor in his chest. Despite treatment, Bannan only has three to six months to live. Sad news for his owner, Jason Hart, who also owns Grand Rapids Scooter.
"To get the news that he had such a large tumor that had obviously been going on for some time," said Hart, "and then, consequently, find out that it's not operable because we didn't catch it in time; it's a tough deal."
Despite the bad news, Jason and Bannan plan to deliver presents as usual on Christmas Day. In fact, they hope to reach more people than ever by focusing on homeless residents who live outside of the downtown area.
"If anyone can give us more information, if they know where some homeless are staying and residing, that would help out tremendously," said Hart. "because we really want to reach people that maybe for whatever reason don't want to get the help that's available downtown."