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National Canine Cancer Foundation to fund a new innovative Hemangiosarcoma (HSA) Research Project

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

I have some new exciting news. As you all know we are always trying to find an new edge in the battle against canine cancer. And Hemangiosarcoma (HSA) is one of those cancers we would like to get a better handle on since it seems to end up being diagnosed too late to save the dog. In fact, we are so keen on finding out how to deal with HSA that we have actually initiated our own research project on HSA with G. Elizabeth Pluhar, D.V.M., Ph.D., and John Ohlfest, Ph.D. This is very exciting for the NCCF because this type of research on HSA has never been tried. Let me tell you how it all came about by first talking about a dog name Batman.

Batman was the first dog to undergo a breakthrough experimental treatment for brain cancer, led by doctors, G. Elizabeth Pluhar, D.V.M., Ph.D., and John Ohlfest, Ph.D. They developed a combination treatment plan for dogs with glioma, a very aggressive and relatively common form of brain cancer. First they removed the tumor surgically. Then, in some cases, they use local gene therapy to attract immune cells to destroy remaining tumor cells, and finally they created a personalized anti-cancer vaccine made from the dog’s own cancer cells to prevent tumor recurrence.

I personally love the thought of taking a cancer that was killing a dog and turning it into a personalized vaccine to kill the cancer!

Dr. Pluhar, a surgeon at the Veterinary Medical Center, and Dr. Ohlfest, head of the neurosurgery gene therapy program at the Masonic Cancer Center, gave Batman his initial treatment in August 2008. Batman led a normal life unaffected by his tumor until his death from cardiac failure in February 2010, there was no tumor recurrence. According to the Dean of the College, Trevor Ames, DVM, MS, “the far-reaching implications of this promising new treatment are almost difficult to fathom; not only could these treatments lead to a cure for brain and other systemic cancers in dogs, but because dogs and humans share many physiological traits, dogs could also be the missing link in the cure for brain cancer in humans.”

Then something interesting happened. Almost one year ago, Davis Hawn’s then 8-year-old yellow lab, Booster, was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in his nasal sinus. Booster was given three weeks to live. Hawn did not want to accept the death sentence and began searching the country for a cure. His search led him to doctors in Florida who removed Booster’s tumor and gave him chemo. An online search then led him to Dr. Elizabeth Pluhar from the University of Minnesota’s canine brain tumor clinical program. Davis asked her to help his dog, but Dr. Pluhar had never made a vaccine for this type of cancer before. But Davis was not going to take no for an answer so she did agree to try. She shipped the vaccine off and ten months later Booster is cancer free.

Then after Davis contacted the NCCF to tell us about how well the vaccine works, we contacted Dr. Pluhar to ask if she would be willing to try the same research that was successful with brain cancer and skin cancer, and use the same protocol to try dealing with splenic HSA. The NCCF’s thinking is that with all these other cancers, the similarities were that the cancer had to be removed and a vaccine needed to be created from the cancer cells. With splenic HSA, one of the more common forms of HSA, the spleen is typically removed so we felt that Dr. Pluhar’s research could possibly work. With that in mind, we asked her if she could try and apply her protocol on splenic HSA. After doing some initial research she agreed to do the study based on reaching certain goals before going on to the next level.

First, she needs to insure that we can culture the cancer cells in the lab,

Second, she needs to insure that the tumor vaccines stimulate immune cells to attack tumor cells. If she can achieve these two steps she can go on to treat the HSA cancer. We could not be happier and are guardedly optimistic over this research project.

The cost for this project will be $55,500. I hope you are all as excited as we are about this research and will help fund the project. If you want to help with funding this new innovative NCCF’s initiated project please CLICK HERE or got to this link

Thank you

Gary D. Nice
President and Founder
National Canine Cancer Foundation

3rd annual "Chase Away K9 Cancer Twin Lakes Picnic"

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

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Chase Away K9 Cancer is a division of the National Canine Cancer Foundation and Chase Away K9 Cancer is 100% volunteer run and we do our best to make 100% of the profits from merchandise sales and donations that are received go to help fund K9 cancer studies and to raise K9 cancer awareness. No one gets paid, we all do this for the love of our dogs. Together as a great dog loving community we are making a difference in our pets lives.

If you have any ideas that you would love to make happen we can use all the help we can get.  I have a full time job along with three lovely Labradors along with a loving husband that take up a lot of my time. But I always find time to answer emails and phone calls along with trying to run a few local events a year along with attending other events with my pups and getting out in the crowd  helping to spread the word of K9 cancer.  Please join us in our fight and drop me an email anytime if you have another great idea you would like to make happen.

Thank you,
Cera Reusser


Donations help treat therapy dog with cancer

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

When Sandia Vista Elementary principal Cathy Gaarden learned that the school’s therapy dog, Lil’ G, had an aggressive form of cancer, she debated on how she should proceed.

The 8-year-old female golden retriever was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lymphoma five weeks ago and doctors gave the dog less than a month to live.

The 8-year-old golden retriever has cancer and Gaarden is trying to raise money for her treatment. (Photo: Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

Gaarden said Lil’ G stopped eating and she noticed the dog had swollen lymph nodes. She took her to the veterinarian immediately and a biopsy was performed, revealing the cancer.

The dog is currently undergoing chemotherapy and Gaarden said, with ongoing treatment, Lil’ G could live to the average lifespan of 10 to 12 years.

“I gave some thought about doing treatments because it is expensive,” she said. “But the staff and students begged me to do this.”

On May 14, Gaarden set up an account with gofundme, which allows people to raise money online for their causes, to help pay for Lil’ G’s treatment.

Gaarden initially set a goal of $3,000 and within a week had surpassed that goal. Gaarden raised the goal to $5,000 and, as of Friday afternoon, she had raised $3,565.

“I’m totally blown away,” Gaarden said. “The generosity is amazing. Perfect strangers are donating.”

Jamie Firth, who said she is from the United Kingdom and also owns a retriever, made a donation and left a message on the fundraising page.

“I hope Lil’ G receives all the funds she needs to keep treating her cancer,” she wrote. “She is a stunning little girl and has many more years to live as a happy, sweet doggy!”

Gaarden said the most of the Rio Rancho school’s oldest children are aware of the Lil’ G’s diagnosis and, during the last week of school, several delivered cards and well wishes.

“The kids just love her,” Gaarden said. “They swarm her when she’s around and she loves them, too.”

(Photo: Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

Gaarden was an administrator at Enchanted Hills Elementary when she decided to get Lil’ G. She had witnessed the positive effect another golden retriever at the school had on an autistic student.

Lil’ G went to work at a few months old and became a therapy dog in a special education preschool classroom. Gaarden became principal of Maggie Cordova Elementary a few years later and Lil’ G followed, still working in a special needs classroom.

Gaarden said Lil’ G is calm, loving and intuitive, knowing when a student needs comfort. The dog would, without prompting, go lay down next to a student who was getting upset or having an emotional outburst, often creating a calming effect, she said. The dog would also greet students every day as they got off the bus.

“A lot of special needs children have trouble with transitions,” she said. “When they would see her at the bus stop, it would help keep them calm.”

(Photo: Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

Two years ago, Gaarden became principal of Sandia Vista and, once again, took Lil’ G with her. At Sandia Vista, Lil’ G is no longer in one classroom but greets visitors to the office, attends school functions and makes classroom visits.

Money continued coming in this week, with several people leaving messages of encouragement. One woman said her nephew knew the dog and had asked her to make a donation. A teacher who had the dog in her classroom also gave a donation.

“Lil’G means so much to my granddaughters!” wrote Becky Talbott. “We will be praying for healing!”

Gaarden said her initial goal was to help Lil’ G live until the last day of school, May 22. She said the dog is not in pain right now and she will continue to provide treatment for as long as there are no adverse side effects.

“She’s a great employee,” Gaarden said. “She works for cheap. She works for treats and pats on the head.”

To donate to Lil’ G, visit

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By Elaine D. Briseño

Dog helped with cancer treatments by group

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Local chocolate Labrador retriever Della is a young five years old – in “human” years – but she is suffering from stage III lymphoma and requires chemotherapy.

Della’s owner, Winder resident Catherine Margrave, has sought and is receiving financial assistance from the Magic Bullet Fund for Della’s treatments.

(Labrador retriever Della with Winder)

“When I found out my furry baby has lymphoma, I knew that I had to give Della the best chance to fight cancer and continue loving the world with all she’s got,” Margrave said on Della’s donation space on Magic Bullet’s website.

Margrave said on the site that she is Della’s “official human mommy” and therefore has a special place for Della in her heart. Despite Della’s cravings for human food, mentality that 80-pound dogs can be lap dogs and “absolute worst gas imaginable all the time,” Margrave said the Labrador retriever “loves every single person she meets without hesitation.”

Della goes to Dr. Stuart Rackley at Auburn Animal Hospital every Monday for treatments which can last 6-7 hours, Margrave said. Della gets anxious about having the IV in her leg, and Margrave said every time she returns to pick Della up, Della is “ecstatic and ready to go.”

At home, Della’s been having a rough time, lacking energy and having an upset stomach. But her appetite has been fine and Margrave said she prepares special meals to help settle Della’s stomach.

The original timeframe for Della to live without chemo was one to two months, Margrave said, and there has not been a new timeframe established since Della began her treatments, but it’s at least been extended somewhat, since Della is responding well to the chemotherapy.

Margrave said her son, for whom the family first got Della when he was 10 years old, has been snuggling and playing with Della more and finding ways to have quality time with her since the family found out she had cancer.

But the emotional difficulties the family faces are compounded by the financial aspect of it all.

“We are doing everything we can to help Della beat this, but the vet bills are staggering,” Margrave said.

Founded in 2005 by medical animal writer Laurie Kaplan, the Magic Bullet Fund assists dogs whose cancer would otherwise not be treated due to financial constraints. Kaplan founded the fund in honor of her dog Bullet, who survived cancer.

According to a Magic Bullet press release, about half of the 65 million pet dogs in the United States today will have some form of cancer during their lives. And while miracles can’t be expected for all dogs afflicted with cancer, Magic Bullet celebrates the miracles they do get.

Donations for Della may be made through, under the “Donate for a Dog” tab. Her Magic Bullet campaign will end Friday, March 27, and as of this past Thursday, $640 had been given, but nearly $400 was still needed.

Margrave said that if Della does pass away before her treatments are finished, any remaining donations garnered for her through the Magic Bullet Fund will then be passed along to help another dog.

Margrave has also set up a page for Della on, where $335 of $4,000 had been given as of Thursday. The page, entitled “Della’s Cancer Crusher Fund,” can be found at

“Any amount you can find in your heart to give will be infinitely appreciated,” Margrave said on the Magic Bullet website. “You will be giving my Della the chance to live out the remainder of her life as healthy and happy as it began. For that, I could never thank you enough.”

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By Bonny Harper

2nd Annual Gulliver's Run Trounces Canine Cancer

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

A partnership that began 2 years ago in helping each other launch Gulliver’s Run and continues to grow as we fight canine cancer together!

Year Two of “Gulliver’s Run” was another “pawmark” of success! Our human field doubled as did our canine field and people continue to support and encourage us with many kind words. Dogs just keep on having a great day out with their human companions and helped us raise $7600 for the National Canine Cancer Foundation!

Race day 2014 was bright, sunny, and extremely windy, destroying one of our registration booths!  But our passionate participants came out with their dogs just the same. As a result of the large increase in runners they even put up with a shortage of restrooms, dogs didn’t have this problem.

This has already been corrected for our November 1, 2015 race as we expect even greater numbers.

Thanks to our great volunteers we were able to get around and talk to our runners and supporters about “Gulliver’s Run” and fighting canine cancer, while petting my share of dogs along the way.

Helping dogs and their families carry on that fight is the driving force behind our efforts to put on a special and enduring event. We met a number of people who took a moment to tell us their stories about a beloved canine friend and how the specter of canine cancer had marked their hearts. As I looked at each of those people through my own tear-clouded eyes (maybe it was the wind) I became more determined to continue our mutual battle through “Gulliver’s Run” for many years to come!

It is, at times, an exhausting and nerve-wracking process to put together a running event. We strive to make “Gulliver’s Run” a quality event for all who choose to join us. It is hard work, but the reward of knowing that our efforts and the efforts of all who come out for “Gulliver’s Run” do count for something in the fight against canine cancer makes it all worthwhile.

I believe that people do want a way to fight back against something that has changed them in the manner that the experience of facing canine cancer with a dear canine friend has done. We believe that our vision of founding and carrying out the annual event of “Gulliver’s Run” will enable others to do so.

Gulliver lives on through the trail run that now bears his name. We are humbled and thankful for the association that it enables us to have with so many others who know what it is to share their hearts and homes with a special canine friend. May each year bring more of us together! Thank you all so much for believing in us!

See you on the trails November 1, 2015 for Gulliver’s Run 3!

Together—We are the cure!
John & Lisa

Photo courtesy: NaterPix

Artist paints pet portraits to raise money for cancer-stricken dog

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Shaun Mitchell deeply understood his own love for his cancer-stricken dog Charlie, but he was astonished to discover the depth of feeling shown by strangers.

Last June, the 5-year-old boxer was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma and has been receiving treatment since that time. Although Mitchell and his wife Tasha have pet insurance, out-of-pocket expenses have been high, so Mitchell, a self-taught artist, decided he would offer up his artistic talents by painting portraits of other people’s pets in an effort to raise money for Charlie’s treatments.

“I thought maybe if I’m lucky, five or ten people would be interested,” Mitchell said.

Within four days of Tasha posting the information on Facebook, Mitchell has received nearly 160 requests from all over the world.

“After the responses I got, it left me speechless. I am so overwhelmed with gratitude,” he said. “People email me a picture of their pet so I can use it to paint the portrait, and some of them attach their stories for me to read. Some of them, what they’ve gone through and what they’ve done for their pet is so moving.”

Mitchell uses watercolors, acrylics, water-based oils, charcoal and pencil to create his work. As a child, he said he used to “doodle” a lot with paints and became more serious about it as an adult.

Lisa LaRue of Ogden has asked Mitchell to paint a portrait of her dog, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, a Rottweiler who died of cancer last fall at the age of 10.

“When I saw it on Facebook I thought it was an awesome idea,” LaRue said. “I just felt this would be a great way to honor my dog while helping the Mitchells raise money to save theirs. It’s a very hard and emotional thing to go through when you lose a pet. I will put the painting of her somewhere that everyone can see, probably in the living room.”

After Charlie’s diagnosis, he underwent a round of chemotherapy. Five months later, he was in clinical remission. However, the cancer returned.

“It was very scary. His lymph nodes were the size of golf balls,” Mitchell said.

More chemotherapy was done, but Charlie wasn’t responding well. Then the couple learned of a new treatment that just came out of clinical trials. The only catch: it’s only being offered in Las Vegas or Denver.

“They are hoping to get it here eventually, but treatment has only been out of trials for eight weeks, so for now we had the choice of going to Vegas or Denver, so we decided to go to Vegas” Mitchell said. “He’s had one treatment and so far his body is responding really well. In fact, the doctor told us if he didn’t know Charlie had cancer he would never be able to tell, so we are hoping Charlie will be pioneering possible treatments for other dogs in the future. It gives us hope.”

Mitchell said he will paint as many portraits as people want to send him. He doesn’t just paint dogs. He’ll paint cats, horses and other family pets as well. As long as you’re patient, Mitchell said he will get the job done. He charges $40 for an 8×10 painting and asks for no money up front.

“I want people to be happy with the end product,” Mitchell said. “I want to be good enough that when people see their painting, they will get that warm fuzzy feeling inside. I’m working on a rush order right now of a family whose bulldog passed away last year at this time. They are honoring me by asking me to paint a memorial picture for them. It really stirs my emotions.”

To view Mitchell’s Facebook page, go to
You can email him at to place an order.

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By Jamie Lampros

Police Dog with Canine Lymphoma Saved by Community

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Finding out your furry friend has cancer can be very scary and confusing, but it’s important to know that you’re never alone in handling the disease.

A police officer in Sebastopol, California, recently found that out when his partner was diagnosed with canine lymphoma.

Community comes together for canine

ABC 7 News reported that 7-year-old Frank, a K9 officer at the Sebastopol Police Department, has been showered with charitable donations from strangers who want to help save his life. Sgt. Nick Belliveau, Frank’s handler, noticed that the pooch had started limping and took him to the veterinarian for a check-up.

The German Shepherd was diagnosed with canine lymphoma, a form of cancer. According to Belliveau, Frank is a member of his family and he wants to do everything he can to save the dog’s life. While the city has offered to cover some of the $10,000 cost for treatment, the officer needs to come up with the remaining funds. Frank will have just two months to live without surgery.

Belliveau turned to the residents of Sebastopol for help, starting a page on to help raise the money needed for the treatments. The story was first reported at 4 p.m. by ABC 7 – two hours later, people had donated more than $6,000 toward Frank’s fund. Surprisingly, one donation was worth $2,500, and the fundraiser has already passed its $10,000 goal and remains open to contributors.

Frank is lucky to have such a loving partner by his side to ensure that he receives the best care possible. Caring for a pet with cancer is challenging, but there are steps owners can take to support their furry friends throughout this tough disease.

Managing pet cancer in your home

A cancer diagnosis should never be taken lightly, but it doesn’t have to spark immediate panic in pet parents. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals suggested owners seek out second opinions from different veterinarians, as each might have their own views and opinions on the disease.

Cancer is multifactorial, meaning that there’s no known single cause. However, research has shown that hereditary and environmental factors can play a part in the development of malignancies in dogs.

Depending on the type of cancer, treatment options can vary for every pooch. The most common interventions include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, but sometimes doctors will use a combination of therapies to combat more aggressive cancers. Successful treatment usually depends on the form and extent of the growths, and the strength of the therapy.

The ASPCA explained that early detection is the most effective preventive measure for cancer. Make sure you take Fido for annual check-ups with their veterinarian to stay on top of any potential lumps or growths that could be dangerous.

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By Sam Bourne

Why can you relate to a "gells" belt? To know more in detail read "The Story Behind Gells"

Friday, December 5th, 2014

The idea for gells was born several years ago when Richard was in California at business school.

Bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, but with a strong interest in philanthropy, he wanted to create a company that could marry the two. In fact, gells was founded on the belief that you can operate a for-profit business with philanthropy at heart.


“Can-Can” who lost her battle to Canine Cancer

Bouncing ideas off his wife, Ashley, who has a background in fashion, accessories and marketing they began brainstorming what their product would be.  After much deliberation, product samples and trips to the garment district in NYC they settled on a belt.  What better place to start than the accessory that can really “gel” your look together. They wanted bright colors that would make a statement and appeal to a wide audience.

The company logo was the easy part; our bouvier de flandres, “can-can,” who lost her battle to canine cancer at far too young an age. As such, doing what we can to find a cure for canine cancer is just one of our goals as a company and we were proud to have NCCF as one of our first partner charities to come on board.

5% of the pre-tax purchase price of each Purple Belt sold goes to benefit NCCF

The gells signature belt is eye-catching, yet understated, and versatile enough for almost any occasion. It’s meant to be worn for an active day outside on the golf course, fishing, hunting, or for a social occasion.  It’s for young and old, men and women.  5% of the pre-tax purchase price of each purple belt sold goes to benefit NCCF.

Watch for more colors and charities to come soon!

Twitter: @gellsusa
Facebook: gells
gells belts is available online at

NCCF "Gelling" with NEW Concept Dedicated to Giving Back

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Very excited to announce a new partnership for the National Canine Cancer Foundation. Launching late November 2014, Gells is dedicated to bringing good and looks together. Simple, classic and polished apparel with philanthropy at heart. When working with companies and organizations we like to find people that share the same passion we have for our dogs, which is why Gells struck an all to familiar chord with the NCCF team. The Gells concept is based on giving back to organizations that have represented something very important in founders Ashley and Richards lives. Can-Can, their beloved Bouvier de Flandres and company logo, lost her battle with cancer at a young age, a pain we know all too well. Because their passion comes from the same place as ours, to eliminate cancer in dogs, we are very excited to welcome our new pack member!

- Chris Pike
VP of Marketing and Events National Canine Cancer Foundation

This principle was the foundation for our company which “gells” our love of sharp looking apparel with our continued commitment to philanthropy.

Our signature belt will be available in 5 colors-each has been matched to a charity but you can control where your donation is going.  In fact, we encourage you to support whichever hits closest to home.

We have chosen to align with charities that are close to our hearts. In fact, our company logo is a rendering of a beloved family pet, “can-can”, who lost her battle to canine cancer at far too young an age.  Doing what we can to find a cure for canine cancer is just one of our goals as a company.

We have always loved this loyal and caring breed, bouvier de flandres, and recently welcomed a new puppy “goose” into our family.

Show your support for the National Canine Cancer Foundation by sporting the Purple Belt (the color chosen by your Facebook community!).

We look forward to connecting with you and hope to see you #gelling soon!

Twitter: @gellsusa
Facebook: gells
*gells belts will be available online at in late November and in selected stores*

Cancer treatments for pets help Meriden family's furry friend

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Innovations in veterinary care are giving pet owners in Meriden new options in keeping man’s best friend cancer-free.

The 8-year-old dog Coco is a beloved member of the Carbray family.

“She loves everything and everybody,” said Erika Carbray. “She’s more human than dog. She likes to sit at the dining room table with us when we eat dinner, and she’ll just sit there in a chair and not make a sound.”

Although she’s still her typical happy-go-lucky self, Coco is battling cancer for the second time.

When Coco was diagnosed the first time, Erika Carbray decided to try radiation treatment to shrink the tumor in her nose.

Carbray drove Coco to Tufts University in Massachusetts every day for one month, which has the closest animal hospital that offered radiation at the time.

“After radiation, it had shrunk by 75 percent. So that was considered a huge success,” Carbray said.

It was a time-consuming commitment and Carbray even quit her job to be able to take Coco to appointments, but Carbray has no regrets.

“So far Coco has gotten two and half more years of life, and a great life, you know I want to continue that,” Carbray said.

The family thought they were in the clear, but about one year ago Coco’s tumor had grown.

At first they used chemotherapy, a cheaper alternative to radiation, but it hasn’t worked.

“Radiation is what’s going to give her more years of life hopefully,” Carbray said.

Doctors said more pet owners feel the same.

“There have been a lot of innovations in the last decade in veterinary medicine following on the heels of 30 years of innovations in human cancer research,” said Veterinarian Dr. Shawn Behan.

Pet owners now have a variety of options but some are still crucial.

“I did get a lot of backlash from certain people, you know kind of, ‘How could you do that? How could you put her through that?’,” Carbray said.

But doctors said cancer treatments for dogs are not like the side effects human patients experience.

“The entire process is much milder and gentler for dogs- we use lower doses, they tolerate the drugs much better, so they do not go through even a tenth of the suffering that most humans have to,” Behan said, who is a veterinarian at Rocky Hill Animal Hospital.

Similar to human cancer treatment, oncological care for dogs is hugely expensive, and coming up with $9,000 for radiation treatment is tough to swing.

So they started a fundraiser on the popular crowdfunding website Go-Fund-Me.

“I mean I would always do anything, just like you know, if I had a child – I would do the same for Coco,” Carbray said.

To make a donation, click here.

Carbray said after Coco is treated, she plans on continuing to help raise money for other dogs who need cancer care.

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By Hena Daniels • Maggie Lohmiller • Kaitlyn Naples