CHF and GRF to Fund $1 million in Canine Cancer Research

09/23/2011

Organizations seek to support breed oncology project benefitting the health of all dogs

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) and Golden Retriever Foundation (GRF) are pleased to announce their joint venture to equally fund up to $1 million in canine cancer research by 2013.

The foundations are partnering to solicit, review and ultimately select one canine cancer research project focusing on golden retrievers and potentially benefitting the health of all dogs.

“Cancer is the number one cause of death in golden retrievers, so it’s important for us to support this type of research,” says David Kinghorn, GRF president. “With the help of golden retriever enthusiasts, we have donated more than $340,000 to CHF over the last 10 years, and we’re excited to make our largest donation yet.”

As part of CHF’s dedication to fund sound scientific research, each grant application will undergo a rigorous and thorough review process. All applications will be reviewed by both foundations and at least three expert peer reviewers. In addition, each foundation’s board of directors must approve funding before a distinct project is awarded. A final project is expected to be approved by Dec. 31, 2013. 

“Cancer plagues and takes the lives of many of our canine companions each year,” says Terry Warren, CHF chief executive officer and general counsel. “We’re happy to partner with GRF in this large funding initiative that may help all dogs live longer, healthier lives.”

Official announcements of the partnership will be made Sept. 26 at the 2011 Golf Fore Gold Classic Golf Tournament at Cherokee Run Golf Club in Conyers, Ga., and Sept. 29 at the GRF Art Auction and Top Twenty Gala at the Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty in Atlanta. Visit www.atlantagoldens.org/national/social.htm for more information.

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