The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of all dogs, announces matching funds for canine cancer research. Beginning October 1, the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States (RRCUS) (through its RRDAF and Nancy Krupa Fund) and the Rhodesian Ridgeback Charitable Foundation (RRCF) will match donations to CHF-funded cancer research up to to $30,000 as part of a three-year, $90,000 pledge to fight canine cancer.
Since 1995, CHF and its donors have invested more than $17 million in more than 250 canine cancer research grants. These studies improve our understanding of canine cancer, providing breakthroughs that allow veterinarians to diagnose cancer earlier and treat it more effectively. Since there are similarities between many canine and human cancers, what we learn in one species can benefit both.
“Now, more than ever, it is important to continue supporting research, especially cancer research, so that progress can be made in the detection, treatment and even prevention of cancer.” says CHURN Health and Genetics Committee Co-Chair Nancy A. Rich, DMV. “We proudly support CHF-funded cancer research to bring us closer to these goals for all of our beloved Ridgebacks.”
“Cancer is a disease that affects all dog breeds,” says RRCF Treasurer Jeff Nearhoof. “While progress has been made in understanding the disease, more is urgently needed now. The RRCF is proud to support this challenge to raise the funds needed to foster knowledge, by helping researchers find solutions.
A quarter of CHF’s active research funding is typically spent on canine cancer research – the study of cancers that affect all dogs such as lymphoma, hemangiosarcoma, brain tumors, etc. Current studies are evaluating the use of advanced imaging to improve surgical margins, the use of new technology to treat bone cancer, and clinical trials evaluating repurposed drugs and new cancer therapies.
“CHF is honored to work with dedicated groups such as the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the USA and the Rhodesian Ridgeback Charitable Foundation to advance the health of all dogs,” said Dr. Darin Collins, CEO of CHF. . “Matching funds from these groups allow dog lovers to double the impact of their support for canine cancer research.”
To learn more about CHF’s commitment to the fight against canine cancer, visitakcchf.org/caninecancer.
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