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Family turns tragic loss of dog into a deep commitment to fighting canine cancer

Kim, Jeff and Joel Bradley are members of a very special group of people—Morris Animal Foundation’s Circle of Discovery. As long-time donors, the Bradleys are helping change the landscape for dogs diagnosed with cancer. It all started with a golden retriever named Bogey.

Bogey was the quintessential golden retriever: cheerful personality, handsome and loyal. The Bradley family loved Bogey, and he loved them in return. He was an integral member of the family.

When Bogey was 8 years old, he was diagnosed with a nerve sheath tumor on his left front leg. Thanks to a skillful surgeon, much of the tumor was removed and Bogey’s disease stabilized. The Bradleys thought they had dodged a bullet and breathed a sigh of relief.

Unfortunately, their relief was short-lived. At the age of 10, Bogey developed an aggressive form of lymphoma. After a valiant fight, the family said goodbye to Bogey a mere four weeks after his diagnosis.

The family felt they needed to do something more to honor Bogey’s memory. “I believe that you need to get out there and do something,” said Kim. “Get up and volunteer!”

One way the Bradleys give back is through donating to Morris Animal Foundation.

The Bradley family first heard about the Foundation through our partnership with Orvis. After Bogey was diagnosed with cancer, the Bradleys became even more involved, through both study sponsorship and Circle of Discovery membership.

“It was a collective decision,” said Kim. “We were impressed by what the Foundation was doing to find a cure for these cancers. We chose Morris Animal Foundation based on its honesty, integrity and communication.”

The Circle of Discovery is the Foundation’s leadership giving society that recognizes donors who give $3,000 or more in a 12-month period to support our critical work to advance animal health. As a part of the Circle of Discovery, donors receive special acknowledgment of their leadership role and opportunities to connect with fellow Discoverers. It also includes access to executive updates, impact reports and updates, and invitations to exclusive events.

The Bradleys found that the Circle of Discovery is one way they can give back in Bogey’s memory. They are especially excited by many of the new and innovative treatments currently under development for canine lymphoma. Their hope is that their new dog Gracie, and all other dogs, will have a brighter, cancer-free future thanks to research underway today – and thanks to donors like the Bradleys. 


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August 26, 2016