Did you know that the incidence of cancer among our pets is as common as in humans and that there are many similarities between certain cancers in humans and our companion animals?
The Brisbane Marathon is being held on August 3rd, 2014, and our very own Dr Kirsty is putting on her running shoes and going the distance for animals with cancer. With the aim to not only shine a light on a fantastic foundation,The Australian Animal Cancer Foundation (AACF), but to also raise much needed and worthy funds to enable them to continue doing the amazing work they do.
Treatment of animal cancers is continuously advancing, and for everything we learn about treating cancers in companion animals, the veterinary world can also contribute knowledge toward the advancement of human cancer therapies. Research into canine and feline non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, canine osteosarcoma, melanoma and squamous cell carcinomas in veterinary patients have provided models for anti-metastatic therapies and radiation therapy studies that also help humans.
The Australian Animal Cancer Foundation, established by prominent veterinary oncologist (and we think all-round great guy!), Dr Rod Straw, undertakes vital research into these and other animal cancers, and is also responsible for providing the only linear accelerator offering radiation therapy to veterinary patients in the southern hemisphere. The radiation therapy unit and the Australian Animal Cancer Foundation are based at the Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Centre (BVSC) in Brisbane.
The ability to provide these services and to offer advanced cancer treatments to companion animals while also compiling research, is not without an immense financial cost. Our own Dr Kirsty and Dr Tegan have had several of their patients treated at BVSC and understand how fortunate we all - Veterinarians, pet owners and animal lovers alike - are to have these services available for our much-loved dogs and cats. Dr Kirsty is also a strong supporter of translational cancer research projects, where we can use our knowledge of cancer treatments in animals to advance our knowledge of human cancer therapies and a dedicated supporter of furthering advancements in veterinary medicine.
Any donation is worthy, and more than appreciated. By donating and helping out this great foundation, you direcly enable them to continue carrying out the specialised, and seemingly miracle work they do. Every tiny bit counts, and you never know; by helping out the furry members of families, you may just help save a life - furry or human.
If you would like to make a donation, please follow the following links, and ensure that you type a minimum of "Kirsty Marathon" in the comments sections so we can see just how much was raised from Kirsty's - and your - efforts!
Check out our very own Mithy (Missy) on YouTube showing just how easy it is to make a donation online!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILP8j7LFerI
*Please share the video on Facebook to help get the word out and about*
Any donation of $25.00 or more, if proof of donation is made (via email, Facebook or in person), will go into the draw to win either:
Vaccination Prize Pack
Goodie Bag of Goodies
Kirsty is pictured above with Jach, a 14 year old Labrador who himself is a cancer survivor from 2008. Without having received the specialised treatment and care from the Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Centre (BVSC), there is zero doubt that he would still be here today, enjoying his retirement in the entirety that he does today. (He's a bit of a cuter older man, too, wouldn't you agree?)
We will keep everyone updated as to Kirsty's progress with the Marathon and the fundraising, and thank you in advance to anyone and everyone who has helped spread the word, and donated to this cause. Thank you from not only Kirsty, and the rest of us here at the clinic, BVSC and AACF, but all of the little furry friends that you will help in the weeks, months and years to come.