Living Legends Honorees


Lola - Recipient of the Living Legends Award
Lola is an 11-year-old long-haired Chihuahua who was examined by doctors in AMC's Cancer Institute and diagnosed with a bone tumor on her skull. To remove it, AMC's Surgical Oncologist (one of the few veterinary surgical oncologists practicing today, and the only trained veterinary surgical oncologist practicing in the five boroughs of New York) and her team removed the top half of Lola's calvarium and used a titanium mesh to recreate the skull and protect the brain. This is an incredibly rare surgery, which very few veterinary institutions have the ability to perform. Lola is cancer free 10 months later. Meet Dr. Katie Kennedy.
Olive - Recipient of the Living Legends Award
Olive is a 9-year-old cat who came to AMC's Emilia Saint-Amand Krimendahl Institute for Trauma Carewith a fever, rapid heartbeat and in shock. Diagnostic tests revealed she had a bacterial infection within her heart sac (septic pericarditis), which upon further examination was thought to be caused by a foreign body-a condition never previously reported in cats. The foreign body (a piece of grass) and most of the heart sac were removed through minimally invasive surgery in the Katharine and William Rayner Interventional Radiology and Endoscopy Suite.  Treated collaboratively by AMC's Trauma Center, Cardiology, and Interventional Radiology and Endoscopy services, Olive spent a week in the hospital and upon final recheck was found to be completely back to normal. Meet Dr. Catherine Crecraft.
Dudley - Recipient of The Jackie Santi Flaherty Award for Courage
The Jackie Santi Flaherty Award for Courage, established by AMC Trustee Tina Santi Flaherty in memory of her beloved dog Jackie, is given annually to a pet who has shown remarkable courage throughout treatment at AMC.
Dudley is an 8-year-old male Miniature Toy Poodle who was hit by a truck in Central Park, rendering him completely paralyzed in his back legs and unlikely to ever walk again. Initially hospitalized elsewhere, Dudley immediately required blood and plasma transfusions and two surgeries to help save his life.  While Dudley was hospitalized, he received daily intensive physical therapy at the Tina Santi Flaherty Rehabilitation and Fitness Center. AMC's Surgery, Interventional Radiology and Neurology services also cared for him during his stay. Discharged after four weeks with a supportive cart (wheelchair) and starting to show some return of function in his hindlimbs, Dudley continued to come for regular rehab and acupuncture sessions. He has since recovered full function of his right hindlimb (he no longer requires a cart to walk) and has recently been able to use the left hind leg to support weight and take occasional steps. Walking again on his own after such traumatic injuries and so much hard work, Dudley is truly deserving of the Jackie Santi Flaherty Award for Courage. Meet Dr. Leilani Alvarez. 

Benefit Co-Chairs 

Donna Acquavella, Tina Santi Flaherty, Michael Heaner, Emilia S. Krimendahl, Elaine Langone, Robert Liberman, Marianne Mebane, Elizabeth Moore, Katharine Rayner, Lisa Schiff, Ann Tisch, and Janet York.


Benefit Committee

Bunty Armstrong

Joseph and Christine Augustine

Brook and Roger Berlind

Jill Blanchard

Polly Bruckmann

Cauldwell Wingate Company, LLC

Mrs. Kendall G. Chen

Elizabeth and Michael Chu

Christopher S. Cooper

Patricia Johnson Crawford

Marcella and Richard Dresdale

The Peggy and Millard Drexler Family Foundation

Mr. Frederick Eberstadt

Mrs. J. Pepe Fanjul

Pamela and David B. Ford

Mr. and Mrs. John French III

Brooke Garden

Mr. David Gerstenhaber

Mrs. Robert G. Goelet

Nancy M. Kissinger

Sharon Amsterdam Koplin

The Ronald and Jo Carole Lauder Foundation

Melinda L. Lloyd

Dennis Mangone

Joanne Masyr

Elizabeth Monaco and Neil M. McCarthy

Maureen McQuaid

Linda and Russell Munson

Kane Nussbaum

June Ozmon

David P. Pearson

Jeanne and Herbert Siegel

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Sue Ann Weinberg


***as of 8/20/2020***

About AMC & Living Legends


AMC's annual Living Legends highlights some of the incredible work that goes on at our hospital every day while celebrating the unbreakable bond that exists between people and their pets. Each year we honor companion animals who survived seemingly insurmountable health challenges because of their owners' love and dedication, along with the exceptional care and innovative treatment they received from AMC's specialty veterinarians. Although we will not be gathering in person this year, we are grateful for the technology that will allow us to gather virtually. Most importantly, we are grateful for your generous support, which enables AMC to continue the work that makes these very stories possible.


The Animal Medical Center (AMC) is the world's largest non-profit animal hospital with 100+ veterinarians providing the highest quality medical care across more than 20 specialties and services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our mission to provide the best in care, research, and education has been the foundation of our work for over a century. For more information,

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