Robbie in the sloth nursery at the Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica

Why sloths?
They became the perfect companion and metaphor for battling cancer. Lots of sleep, methodical slow movements … and they keep everyone smiling. In short, sloths cure cancer.

We took a trip to Costa Rica in May 2015 and Robbie first saw sloths in the wild. After a visit to the Tulsa Zoo he cheerfully stated “sloths cure cancer” before his first round of chemo in 2015. The rest is sloth-filled history. Friends and family started sending him sloths when he was in the hospital. The Houston Zoo found out he liked sloths and they started letting him go behind the scenes to visit Curly the Sloth. Robbie called his sloths…his little sloth army to fight cancer.

Robbie with Curly the Sloth at the Houston Zoo