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Annual Dog Agility Event Plans To Reach 10 Year, $100K Goal for MAF Canine Cancer Research

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Tina M. Martinez

Reno Event Memorializes Two Special Dogs Lost to Cancer

July 26, 2010

The 10th annual Pepper/Sampson Memorial Classic NADAC Agility Trial to benefit Morris Animal Foundation's (MAF) canine cancer research aims to raise more than $4,000 in an effort to reach their goal of $100k total over the last 10 years. This year's event will take place at the University Of Nevada Reno campus, at the Women's Sports Complex, at 400 Manogue Road in Reno. MDT-Agility Ability, LLC, will again host the event from Friday, July 30 through Sunday, Aug. 1.

In 1999, just 10 months after beginning an aggressive chemotherapy regimen, Lin and Greg Battaglia of Spanish Springs, Nev., lost their beloved Sheltie, Pepper, to lymphoma, the No. 1 cancer affecting dogs. More than a year ago, Cherie and Sean Singer, friends of the Battaglia's also lost their Sheltie, Sampson, to lymphoma. The memorial event is named after their dogs and their passion for fighting canine cancer has spurred hundreds each year to participate to support their effort and help MAF continue researching canine cancer.

"Chances are that none of us will live untouched in some way by cancer," said Patricia N. Olson, DVM, PhD, president and CEO of Morris Animal Foundation. "Whether it is ourselves, someone we know or the pets we hold dear, cancer will continue to rob us of those we love unless we can find a cure."

Since it was established in 2000, the Pepper/Sampson Memorial agility event has raised more than $96,000 for canine lymphoma research. Their funding has helped make a difference in the lives of many dogs suffering from canine lymphoma. Many advances have been made in standard therapies, prescription diets and prevention techniques.

To make a direct donation to the Pepper/Sampson Memorial Classic Fund, or to view a complete list of current studies MAF is funding, including canine cancer, visit, call 800-243-2345 or mail to Morris Animal Foundation at 10200 E. Girard Avenue, Suite B430, Denver, CO 80231. When making your donation please make sure to specify the Pepper/Sampson Memorial Classic Fund #335 on your check or when you call.

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