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Cancer campaign funds nearly $5 million in research in five years

Five years ago, Morris Animal Foundation launched an initiative to increase our funding for studies that would tackle the no. 1 killer of dogs: cancer. At the time our objectives were simple. We wanted to give scientists genetic tools to study cancer, to help researchers test treatments and determine ways to prevent cancer and to train new canine cancer researchers.

We knew cancer was a big concern for dog lovers, but we never anticipated the outpouring of support we received from thousands of people across the country. Thanks to their support, we pledged funding for more than 40 canine cancer studies—many of which are still under way— totaling more than $4.7 million. This campaign has been, without a doubt, an outstanding success. We would like to share some of the highlights of the past five years.

Some campaign successes

  • Working with multiple partners to establish a tumor tissue bank that houses samples of the most common canine cancers, which will help scientists study cancer and potential treatments
  • Funding two programs that train scientists to head research programs that will lead to new discoveries in the field of cancer for companion animals
  • Discovering genetic information that could lead to a prognostic lymphoma test
  • Identifying inherited deficiencies that may contribute to the development of lymphoma in Golden Retrievers
  • Developing dosing calculations that will help provide more effective and safer chemotherapy dosing, determining more effective ways to administer chemotherapy and finding evidence of how to overcome chemotherapy resistance
  • Identifying a promising inhibitor that may help kill bone cancer cells and a drug with potential for shrinking soft-tissue sarcomas
  • Raising awareness of canine cancer through the K9 Cancer Walk Program, which hosted 13 walks that involved more than 5,000 dog lovers and raised more than half a million dollars for canine cancer research

It is thanks to your gifts that we have been able to make a significant difference in the lives of dogs with cancer. Though we will no longer use our Canine Cancer Campaign logo and website, Morris Animal Foundation remains dedicated to funding canine cancer studies. In fact, we’ve pledged nearly $5.5 million for more than 30 studies currently under way.

We also recently launched the Canine Lifetime Health Project, a nationwide effort that involves groundbreaking studies designed to learn how to prevent and treat major diseases affecting dogs. The first study we’re funding addresses—you guessed it—cancer. We encourage you to visit www.CanineLifetimeHealth.org today to join the project.


Posted by MAFon May 18, 2012.

Categories: Animal health, Canine cancer , Dog cancer

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