According to a statement from the university, MacNeil had previously lost three dogs to cancer so we can only imagine how he felt when an ultrasound found a tumor on Scout's heart last summer. MacNeil took Scout to UW Veterinary Care, where they found the right treatment which allowed scout to recover from cancer.
"Scout's illness devastated us," MacNeil said in a special statement to the university. "We wanted this year's Super Bowl effort to not only raise awareness, but also financial support for the incredible research and innovative treatments happening at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, where Scout is still a patient. We wanted to use the biggest stage possible to highlight Scout's story and these incredible breakthroughs, which are not just limited to helping dogs and pets. This research will help advance cancer treatments for humans as well, so there's the potential to save millions of lives of all species."