01/05/2015 01:17 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Strangers Send Thousands Of Dog Photos To Cheer Up Teen Cancer Patient

Anthony Lyons has acute lymphoblastic leukemia. As the 16-year-old undergoes treatment at the Phoenix Children's Hospital, his greatest joy has been the occasional visit from hospital therapy dogs, according to Fox 8 Cleavland.

The dogs don't visit every day, though. So, family friends Roberta Lucero-Koron and Ro Joe decided to start the Facebook group Photo Doggies for Anthony. On the page, friends and strangers alike started sharing their dog photos and videos with Anthony.

Update: The original Facebook photos found in this piece are no longer available, but you can find more photos of dogs on the Photos of Doggies for Anthony Facebook event and Instagram account.

"Photo Doggies for Anthony" quickly became a viral sensation, growing to over 737,000 members. Participants everywhere from Dubai to Australia have shared their dog photos, videos and get-well wishes.

As for cheering Anthony up? Mission accomplished.

Anthony's mom, Kristen Lyons, wrote on the group's page to thank everybody whose who participated, saying, "We have laughed ohhhed and ahhed at every single photo and video so far it has really been a Joy and I appreciate everyone sharing their pets with us..."

They especially need that joy now: On January 2nd, Anthony returned to the Phoenix Children's Hospital for more chemotherapy.

While the dog photos are lifting Anthony's spirits, supporters can also help ease his family's financial burden by donating to the GiveForward fundraiser for Anthony.

H/T Fox 8

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