An ambitious global campaign to raise $30 million money to find a cure for cancer in dogs in the next 10 to 20 years and to develop more effective treatments for canines suffering from the disease has been launched by the Morris Animal Foundation.
The foundation also hopes that the canine cancer research will produce breakthroughs in the prevention, treatment and cure of human cancer, particularly in children.
One in four dogs die of cancer, and the disease is the number one cause of death in dogs over age 2, according to the foundation. Some of the most popular breeds are especially susceptible to cancer. Sixty percent of Golden Retrievers die of the disease.
Many people have made contributions in the names of their dogs who have died from the disease, according to the foundation. Frequently, donations come from children who have raised money in honor of their beloved, cancer-stricken dogs.
Some businesses and institutions have also helped. Pfizer's Animal Health has donated $1.1 million, Pets Best Insurance has pledged $1 million and Golden Retriever Foundation has pledged $500,000.
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