The Daily Beast - Lucas and Juno - February 1, 2012
Lucas Hembree hugs Juno, his Belgian Maliois service dog that was rescued from a shelter when she was days away from being euthanized. Lucas, 4, from Alcoa, Tennessee has a very rare genetic disorder called Sanfilippo (pronounced San-fa-lee-po) Syndrome or also know as MPS III type A. His body does not produce a specific enzyme that breaks down cellular waste. The disease has no treatment or cure.
Lucas and Juno at a recent hospital stay.
Lucas' father Chester Humbree, an experienced police K-9 trainer is shown working with Juno.
Lucas and Juno received over 6,000 Christmas cards from well wishers.
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