Run for K9 Cancer
Cancer Research for Canines
Canine cancer rates are similar to those of humans, however, canine patients have limited treatment options due to financial, and lack of research. Canine cancers are also similar in appearance, behaviour and genetic make up to humans.
Cancer is common and devastating in our beloved 4-legged friends and causes pain, suffering and heartache for our canines and their families.
Why am I telling you these facts you ask?
I am lacing up my sneakers to run the Great Ocean Road Half marathon. I am hoping to raise awareness and funds towards a ground breaking trial being conducted at the Sydney University, to attempt to cure certain cancers in canines.
The trial is currently focused on Lymphoma, Melanoma, sarcomas, carcinomas and brain cancer. That’s a fair Few!
The treatment stimulates the canine’s immune system to target and attack the tumour. This is a ground breaking treatment which is being conducted at the University of Sydney led by Dr Christopher Weir and his team. Cancer vaccines and immune stimulants are being developed and offered to canine patients to provide data and help to progress new technology to vet clinics.
My Family’s Story:
In September 2018 I discovered a lump in our handsome boy “Busta” mouth. I contacted Torquay Animal House and had an appointment with Dr Denis Ryan. It was then that our family was given the devastating news that Busta had a Melanoma, which is a very aggressive cancer.
The amazing team at Torquay Animal House removed his Melanoma to the extent they could, and we started to talk about treatments, as we were aware it would grow back. Our main focus was keeping him comfortable and pain free. This is when we discovered the Trial that was being conducted at the Sydney University.
With the help of the team at Torquay Animal House, Dr Mark Yee removed another tumour and we sent it off to Sydney University.
Busta is now receiving his Cancer Vaccination program and is responding very well. There may be a chance that his Melanoma may not return, and that the cancer will not spread further into his body.
Please support this incredible research
The reason I am telling you our story is because cancer treatments such as this cannot be conducted if they don’t get the word out and raise funding.
My aim for the marathon is to raise funds to help support at least 5 more canines get the trial funded and hopefully start their fight against cancer and be more comfortable, happier and healthier in their life after cancer.
Here are some examples of what your contribution could achieve for this research:
- $20 could buy chemicals to make up much needed buffers for testing;
- $50 could help develop a blood test to see if a patient is responding to treatment;
- $100 could cover the costs of reagents to help screen new immune stimulant;
- $200 could pay for initial doses of vaccine for a canine cancer patient
My goal is to raise $1000 for enough funds to support 5 families to start and get access to this trail.
I hope you find it in your heart to help me such an amazing trial.
Thanks for reading!