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Annual Dog Agility Event Reaches 10-year, $100K Goal for Supporting MAF's Canine Cancer Research

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Tina M. Martinez, 303.882.9376 or 800.243.2345


Reno Event Memorializes Two Special Dogs Lost to Cancer

September 16, 2010

RENO, NEV.— The 10th annual Pepper/Sampson Memorial Classic NADAC Agility Trial, held July 31 to August 1 to benefit Morris Animal Foundation’s Canine Cancer Campaign, raised more than $8,000, bringing the grand total to $100,000 raised over the past 10 years. Nearly 100 dogs from California, Oregon and Nevada participated in the event.

Lin and Greg Battaglia, owners of mdt/Agility Ability, established the event and the Pepper/Sampson Memorial Fund #335 at Morris Animal Foundation to honor their beloved Sheltie, Pepper, who died of lymphoma in 1999. Last year, the fund’s name was changed to also honor Cherie and Sean Singer’s Sheltie, Sampson, who also died of lymphoma.

To make a donation to the Pepper/Sampson Memorial Classic Fund or to view a complete list of current studies that Morris Animal Foundation is funding, including those related to preventing and treating canine cancer, visit the Our Research section at, call 800.243.2345 or write to Morris Animal Foundation at 10200 E. Girard Avenue, Suite B430, Denver, CO 80231. When making a donation, please specify Pepper/Sampson Memorial Classic Fund #335 on your check or when you call.


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