Aug. 3 (UPI) — An outstanding rescue cat was named National Cat of the Year for helping to comfort a young cancer patient.
The cat, named Genie, was recognized as the Overall Winner of the 2017 National Cat Awards at a ceremony in London hosted by feline charity Cats Protection for helping 11-year-old cancer patient Evie Henderson deal with chemotherapy.
Henderson would watch videos of Genie during the treatments and said the cat’s molting helped her deal with her own hair loss.
“I missed her every day I was in hospital, and my family could tell she missed me. She’s my best friend and is always there when I need her,” Henderson said.
Henderson’s father, Chris Henderson, said the black and white cat was a “great distraction” for his daughter as she struggled with the painful treatments.
“Evie was in hospital for over 300 days so we spent a lot of time in hospital and …