Jul 26 2020 . Chicago, IL, USA

The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation is dedicated to fostering awareness, understanding and research for Early-Onset Bipolar Disorder. The Foundation is on a QUEST FOR THE TEST™ to find an empirical, biomarker test for Bipolar Disorder so that early detection and early intervention become a reality.

To support the Foundation's mission in this most stressful and disruptive time, the Foundation has turned to the comfort of dogs to help us through these days of the pandemic. Because of the unconditional love from our most loyal friends and their soothing effect no matter what is going on in our lives, the Foundation thought a positive effort that could bring joy to everyone and help the Foundation carry out its mission at the same time felt right.

As a result, the Foundation initiated its DOG OF THE YEAR campaign to spread awareness and understanding about Bipolar Disorder. We encourage people to start their own team or establish their own fundraiser by featuring a photograph of their special dog and to compete with others around the US for the title of DOG OF THE YEAR. 

The team or fundraiser that raises the most by November 30, 2020 will have their dog named DOG OF THE YEAR, receive a special trophy, be highlighted on the Foundation's website and have a feature story about their dog appear in Stay Thirsty Magazine ( that is read all over the world.

In addition, Susan Wilson, the New York Times bestselling author of seven books about dogs, will choose the best life story from the dogs in the competition and that dog will win a trophy for the most heartwarming or amazing life, be highlighted on the Foundation's website and be the subject of a feature story in Stay Thirsty Magazine

To recognize everyone's participation, each team or fundraiser will receive two Bipolar Awareness pins that represent The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation and symbolize the opposite poles of mania and depression. Plus, those teams or fundraisers that come in second through fifth place in fundraising totals will receive two custom-designed Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation logo hats.

The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation sincerely appreciates your support of its efforts to change the course of Bipolar Disorder by finding an empirical, biomarker test and by helping to reduce the stigma associated with this serious illness of the brain. By standing up and being counted, you are participating in a quest that will help millions of people and their families see a brighter day.

Thank you and good luck!




The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation