Woof, Callie Barking!
I have been heavily involved with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ever since my sister, Ella, was diagnosed with stage 3 Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoblastic Lymphoma at age 2 1/2. She had a day to live when the doctors found this horrific disease. Today, Ella is about to head off to college and is in full remission. I do not want another child or family to endure what mine did.
Both humans and dogs with lymphoma are benefiting from a $2 million LLS research grant. As part of this innovative program, a project at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is studying naturally occurring canine lymphoma to accelerate treatments for dogs and people. Furthermore, researchers are conducting a study on 800 dogs as they believe they have found a vaccine that will prevent/delay cancer. If it works, clinical trials in humans could be next.
Did you know, every 3 minutes a human is diagnosed with a blood cancer and every 9 minutes someone dies. This is unacceptable! For our dog lovers, 1 million companion dogs are treated for cancer every year with Lymphoma being the most commonly diagnosed cancer in dogs. Dogs and humans are 85% genetically identical and respond cancer in similar ways.
I feel this is my time to give back, so, Callie and I have joined The LLS Dog of the Year campaign in honor of my sister Ella and others that have battled these cancers.
Please help me FUR a cure!