The National Canine Cancer Foundation: Dedicated To Finding A Cure
“It’s Cancer.” I don’t think there are any two words in the English language that strike the same type of sick fear in a pet owner than this pronouncement by their vet. Having lost two of my felines to breast cancer, I understand the desperate and expensive surgeries, the discussions that include time and quality of life – the hope, the dread, the indescribable sadness.
Okay, enough of that. As Taylor Swift would say… “Shake it off!” Let’s get past our grief, let’s learn more about what causes the disease, and let’s pledge that in the name of those we have loved and lost, we will tackle pet cancers head on. And let’s never, ever, ever… mention that I quoted Taylor Swift!
Where to begin? Well, your little guy wasn’t alone when he got sick. Apparently canine cancer affects one out of every three dogs and of those, more than half will lose their fight. Those are some pretty frightening statistics.
They are also unacceptable stats and the National Canine Cancer Foundation (NCCF) is asking for your help to fund important research grants that are working to improve the odds. One example of a giant leap forward is that through a major project funded by the National Institute of Health, the mapping of the gene sequence in dogs has been completed. This data gives researchers an advantage not yet achieved in humans. So progress is happening, we are getting closer to a cure and the time to act is now!
How, you ask? The NCCF was inspired by so many pet parents who wanted to do something in the name of their pet that they created a new and special space on their site called “Friends”. It’s a personal page for your dog and includes his story and pictures. But its more than just a photo album, it’s a chance for him to do good for others. You see, it also functions as a personal fundraising page where you can accept donations for cancer research made in his name. You share the link with friends and family to allow them to acknowledge your best buddy in a way that is meaningful to both of you. Not just financially, but with messages of hope and encouragement that will help you through this time. One pet parent said “it is a great feeling for me when I see people donating to the NCCF because of my dogs. It makes me feel like they are still here with me and it’s a powerful way to keep them in our life.”
The Friends page can also be used by businesses and dog related organizations and clubs as a way to get employees and volunteers involved with a charity and to show clients where priorities lay.
Interested in exploring this new site, learning more about what the NCCF is doing and how you can help? Visit the National Canine Cancer Foundation website and share your pet’s life story.
While too late for my Mickey and Lucy, research will one day mean other pet parents don’t have to suffer a loss due to cancer. In a month dedicated to Pet Cancer Awareness, what better time to get involved?
Mary Simpson is a writer and communications professional from Port Credit, Ontario. A soft touch for anything stray, she shares her century home with an eclectic collection of rescues that include orange tabby Chico, tuxedo Simon, and jet black Owen. She enjoys running, politics, exploring the wine regions of Niagara and is an avid supporter of the “shop local” movement.
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