Golden Retriever Foundation Pledges to Cancer Campaign

In support of the Canine Cancer Campaign, the Golden Retriever Foundation has pledged to donate half a million dollars.

Posted: May 18, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

In response to the launch of the Morris Animal Foundation’s Canine Cancer Campaign, which seeks to find a cure for cancer in dogs within the next 20 years, the Golden Retriever Foundation has stepped up with a pledge of half a million dollars.

The organization becomes the first dog breed foundation or club to pledge a major gift to the project. The $500,000 will be paid out over a five-year period.

“Cancer is the leading cause of death among Goldens, as it is among many breeds. We hope that other breed groups will follow our lead and support this important endeavor,” said GRF President David Kinghorn.

The Canine Cancer Campaign is an unprecedented $30 million effort to cure canine cancer within a dog’s lifetime – the next 10 to 20 years.

“Lymphoma and hemangiosarcoma are two of the cancers that most affect Golden Retrievers. We believe the research funded through this campaign will lead to treatments for these cancers and will help to improve the health of Goldens,” Kinghorn said.

The nonprofit Golden Retriever Foundation, founded by the Golden Retriever Club of America, supports research, rescue and education, and is staffed entirely by volunteers. The Morris Animal Foundation, established in 1948, is dedicated to funding research that protects, treats and cures companion animals and wildlife.

“As the proud parent of a Golden named Socrates, I truly appreciate this gift. The MAF Canine Cancer Campaign will make great strides in prevention, treatment, and hopefully cures for cancer, which affects half of all dogs over the age of 2,” said Morris Animal Foundation President/CEO Patricia Olson.


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Claudia   Fairfield, CT

12/3/2009 9:31:40 AM

My Golden Retriever battled Mesothelioma for 2 years and was on chemo for the 2 years. He lived until he was 13 1/2 and put up a brave battle. Dr. Gerald Post and his wonderful staff at the Animal Hematology and Oncology Center in Norwalk, Connecticut were supportive of both my dog and for me. Dakota,my Golden, and I were both battling the disease together as a team. I had him on Chinese Herbs, cooked special foods,did accupuncture and anything else that was recommended.I would do whatever is necessary to help erradiate this disease and not let another animal go through what Dakota went through. You have my support!

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Glenn   Overland Park, KS

11/12/2009 10:39:55 AM

I sure hope a cure for cancer is found for
I just lost my Golden to Lymphoma. I wish all the luck in the world to your cause.

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Nancy   Merrillville, IN

8/22/2008 10:43:41 AM

My beloved Kelli, companion and friend of 13-1/2 years died from lymphoma. It started with an eye infection, which then spread over her face as a Demadex mite infection. We were told this was prevalent in puppies or dogs with who suffered from a stressed immune system. Then the lymph nodes in the throat enlarged. We biopsied and sure enough, lymphoma. She died 2 months after she was diagnosed (we had her euthanized on 6/27/08). I miss her beautiful face.

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becca   lexington, KY

12/8/2007 2:32:09 PM

My friend had a golden that died of cancer and has 4 more.

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