Cancer Charity is Going to the Dogs
(1888PressRelease) Purebred dogs have some of the same cancer-causing genes as humans do.
But because their gene pool is thousands of times smaller than humans, hope is raised that we
will find the disease-causing genes much more quickly and more economically through combined
research efforts. Human Canine Synergy Foundation is a charity dedicated to funding this
important research and to saving lives.
(1888PressRelease) Cherry Hill, NJ - Human Canine Synergy Foundation raises money for
genetic research in purebred dogs; findings contribute to human breast cancer research.
On Christmas Eve 2008, a beautiful English Springer Spaniel named Ginger collapsed at her
home in New Jersey and could not get up. Her owners rushed her to their veterinarian only to
learn that the champion purebred had breast cancer, which had spread to her other organs. Even
worse, neither surgery nor chemotherapy would significantly prolong her life. The devastating
experience would later uncover groundbreaking research into the diseases shared by both
humans and dogs (comparative oncology) and lead Ginger's English Springer Spaniel Puppies
owners, Linda and Robert Chapman, to the formation of a charity to fight breast cancer, Human
Canine Synergy Foundation, www.HCSF.net.
Linda Chapman began corresponding with researchers in the USA and in Europe, where one
third of English Springer Spaniels die from breast cancer. The effort to learn more about the
formation of mammary tumors and to raise awareness among dog lovers uncovered staggering
figures. The American Cancer Society reports that annually over 190,000 women are diagnosed
with breast cancer in the United States. When the Chapmans learned that Genome researchers at
MIT's Broad Institute, www. Broadinstitute.org, linked cancer genes in purebred dogs to the
same cancer causing genes in humans; they knew they had to become involved with this urgent
In 2005, scientists began collecting canine blood and tissue samples to use in these studies. As
Dr. Kerstin Lindblad-Toh, a renowned genome researcher and HCSF board member explains,
"There are at least six more cancer genes to uncover; it just takes time."
Since English Springer Spaniels are one breed most at risk for breast cancer, Human Canine
Synergy contacted Eastern English Springer Spaniel Association and secured permission to
attend the Springer specialty show in Rhode Island in June 2010, to collect DNA samples.
Veterinarians from the Broad Institute at MIT collected one teaspoon of blood from every donor
dog for research purposes.
This critical cancer research cannot proceed without the cooperation of the purebred dog
community and dog lovers everywhere. The significance of the research and its importance to
both human and canine communities cannot be ignored. "We are all in this fight together, and
this is a fight we intend to win," says Linda Chapman, the president of Human Canine Synergy.
About Human Canine Synergy Foundation
HCSF is dedicated to funding the research of diseases common to humans and dogs and to
educating the public, medical, and veterinarian communities on the findings and preventive
health actions suggested by the research results.
Purebred dogs have a much less complex and smaller gene pool than humans do, inspiring hope
that we will find the disease-causing genes and the cure for cancers much more quickly and more
cheaply through combined research efforts.
HCSF is registered as a New Jersey charity and is kicking off its first fundraiser in April, Rovers
for Research. Working with a consortium of labs in the USA, the Chapmans learned that
research funds are dwindling rapidly. HCSF and its volunteers are dedicated to turning things
around and ultimately to saving lives.
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