Banjo the Dog Fights Cancer, is Adorable

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Move over, Uggie (though congrats about the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre thing). FiPS just alerted us to the fact that Park Slope’s got a canine media darling of its own — and unlike Uggie, who’s lovable-for-hire, Banjo is mugging for a good cause.

Using his main cancer-fighiting weapon, cuteness, the wiry terrier-ish mutt just starred in a Relay for Life fundraising video — a collaboration with his cancer-surviving owner, Garland Harwood. But while the results have catapulted him to viral fame (he was featured on the all cute, all the time site I Can Has Cheezburger), Banjo is serious.

And so far, that commitment has paid off. By vowing to swear off his three favorite activities (one involves squirrels) until Harwood met his $2,000 goal, Banjo’s helped raise more than $4,000 for the American Cancer Society.

(A takeaway here: if you’re raising money for something, it’s important to be dedicated, but it’s probably better if you’re also adorable, and maybe a dog.)

Banjo may be back in the squirrel-chasing game, but that doesn’t mean the fight is over. You can still help Garland Harwood give back to the organization that saw him through his own illness by donating¬†here.

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