Meisha’s Legacy Celebrates 10 Years of Giving Hope
The Meisha’s Hope Fund, established to advance research into autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA), will celebrate its 10-year anniversary on May 25, 2012. Joanne and David Dickson’s beloved companion, Meisha, a lab/terrier/spaniel mix, was 3 years old when she was first diagnosed with AIHA, also known as immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA), in the early ’90s. Meisha’s veterinarian thought that, if she survived the initial crisis, she might live two or three more years. Against all odds, Meisha lived for nearly 10 years after her initial AIHA diagnosis.
In honor of Meisha and her indomitable spirit, Joanne and David decided they must do everything they could to help find new treatments and possibly even a cure for AIHA/IMHA, so they established the Meisha’s Hope AIHA/IMHA Fund #338 through Morris Animal Foundation. This fund raises much-needed support for AIHA/IMHA studies funded by Morris Animal Foundation. In the past decade, the Meisha’s Hope Fund has raised more than $315,000 and is directly responsible for the sponsorship or co-sponsorship of an incredible 17 AIHA/IMHA studies.
“Being a part of the Morris Animal Foundation family for the past 10 years has been one of the greatest joys of my life,” Joanne says. “It is a pleasure working with the Foundation’s staff members. I also have come in contact with so many wonderful people who, like me, have had a dog diagnosed with AIHA/IMHA. These people have come from all walks of life and from all over the world, but we share a common bond in that we want to find better treatments, and hopefully someday a cure, for canine AIHA/IMHA. I believe this will happen through studies sponsored by the Meisha’s Hope Fund. I am so very grateful to every person who has donated to the Meisha’s Hope Fund and would like to extend a big thank you to each and every one of these people. I am truly convinced that, together, we will find answers to the many questions that surround canine AIHA/IMHA.”
Morris Animal Foundation wants to thank Joanne and David for their outstanding leadership and unfailing commitment to raising awareness of AIHA/IMHA and for helping to find a cure for this terrible disease. To make a donation to the Meisha’s Hope Fund, click here.
Thank you for helping to make a difference for thousands of deserving dogs around the world!
Posted by MAFon May 21, 2012. Permalink