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Aug 2, 2013 9:00 PM by Danielle Lerner

The mission to save Mini's eyes

TUCSON- A Drexel Heights woman is doing all she can to give her family's rescued horse a third chance at life. Eleven-year-old "Mini" has cancer in her left eye and ulcers in her right. The surgery to remove it costs between $5,000 and $8,000. It is money this family just does not have right now. Still, they're on a mission to save Mini's eyes.

Jessica Carrington was not looking for a horse when Mini walked into her life two years ago.

"She's a big, gentle, kind soul," Carrington said.

Abandoned in a pasture, Mini was days from death. Emaciated, with a mouth full of sores and hooves nearly split in half. That chance encounter became a permanent bond.

"I knew in my heart I had to save her," said Carrington. "If I didn't have her, a chunk of my heart would be taken away."

If doctors cannot remove Mini's tumor and ulcers soon the cancer could spread to her brain and at that point, it would be too late.

"She's willing to do anything so we're willing to do anything for her," said Carrington.

The family is now sharing Mini's story on the fundraising site gofundme.com. They are also selling everything they can, even Jessica's truck may have to go.

As the tumor weakens Mini's sight, the family's other horse, two-year-old Penelope, acts as a guide.

"Penelope will run to her and walk her back to where she wants to be," Carrington said.

Meantime, the family is holding out hope their own vision of Mini's future can become a reality.

"I would love for her to live a very long, happy rest of her life," said Carrington. "I don't think you should ever give up on something that will never give up on you."

The Carringtons are holding a car wash in two weeks at the McDonald's on Ajo and Mission. Also the Arizona Equine Medical and Surgical Centre in Gilbert is accepting donations in Mini's name.

You can access Mini's GoFundMe page here.

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