A fine balance: ‘Luna on Chairs’ helps fight cancer

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Laughter, they say, is the best medicine.

It was for Diane Gagné-Pacey when she was recovering from breast cancer, and now her husband is supporting cancer research through a fundraiser showcasing their pup Luna.

Robert Pacey started photographing his dog Luna standing on chairs in 2012, to provide a humourous distraction to the stress and sickness of cancer recovery.

(Photo: Robert Pacey)

Image: Robert Pacey

The first photo was Luna standing on a couple of chairs he came across in an alley near their East Vancouver home.

“I showed it to Diane when we got home and it made her giggle and I promised I would take more photos so she’d have something to make her smile,” he told Vancity Buzz.

Luna, just hanging out. (Robert Pacey)

Luna, just hanging out. (Image: Robert Pacey)

Those photos inspired him to create his Tumblr blog ‘Luna on Chairs,’ which quickly gained a cult following.  Every walk around their neighbourhood became an opportunity for balancing, and Luna has now been photographed on over 150 chairs, sofas, stools, ottomans and benches.

(Robert Pacey)

(Image: Robert Pacey)

‘Luna on Chairs’ was just featured on BuzzFeed and the balancing pooch has been seen across the globe.

Now fully recovered, Diane founded a team called Pink Lemonade in the Workout to Conquer Cancer to raise money for cancer research.  And Robert wanted to find a way to get his own followers to support the team.

Robert, Diane and lovely Luna. (Robert Pacey)

Robert, Diane and lovely Luna. (Image: Robert Pacey)

Inspired by a #LunaOnChairs t-shirt he was given for his birthday, he’s commissioned dozens of the shirts for his own cancer fundraiser. He’s offering limited-edition #LunaOnChairs t-shirts to anyone who donates $50 or more to his fundraising page.

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Made by MAKE Vancouver, they come in pink and blue for women and black or grey for men.  They’re also just really cool.

MAKE is producing the shirts until March 31, although if there’s demand they’ll consider extending the run.

The #LunaOnChairs tshirts. (Robert Pacey)

The #LunaOnChairs tshirts. (Image: Robert Pacey)

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Darcy Matheson is the founder of PetFundr, a crowdfunding site for animal welfare projects. Her first book, "Greening Your Pet Care," is available on Amazon and in major book and pet stores.
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