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Thank you!

With your help, $243.91 was raised through the 2022 Stuart’s Fund T-shirt campaign. Your purchases and generous donations made it possible. Today, with the help of a dollar-for-dollar match from The Scottie Chronicles, and a bit more to round up, $500.00 is being put to use for hemangiosarcome research at the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.

You can still buy a shirt! Visit the Stuart’s Fund store and have fun shopping. While doing a tremendous service to help end HSA.

Your support means the world.

Thank you!

Prince Albert

If you follow us over on The Scottie Chronicles, you know that our Winston loves to go to the Farmers’ Market every Saturday. And you know that he’s sometimes a pissy Scottie.

There’s a lovable little Schnauzer he sees from time to time and this morning Prince Albert gave Winston the Schnauzer “lean in” and the two started to catch up with each other. Saying “hello” and “how’ve you been buddy?”

I noticed two shaved areas where coat was growing back and said, “aw, there’s a little IV shave.”

“He’s got hemangiosarcoma,” his peep told me.

I started crying and couldn’t stop. The searing pain of the shotgun through my heart when we learned Stuart had it came back with a fury.

Thank you for your support. Your gifts to Stuart’s Fund will help get rid of hemangio. The clinical trials your gifts help fund are working diligently to figure out this cancer.

Prince Albert may not have very long to live, but he’s living every day to the fullest. And we were grateful for the chance to play with him a bit this morning. As his peep says, “he doesn’t even know he’s sick.”

Thank you for what you’re doing to help say no to hemangio.

 

Online Donations Now Accepted

Now it’s easier than ever to support hemangiosarcoma research through Stuart’s Fund!

We’ve just added a link on the Blogroll (to the right).

Through this Donate Now! link, you’ll be taken to the Virginia Tech Foundation’s giving page. This is where Stuart’s Fund is housed to benefit the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.

From the pull down menu, choose the “College of Veterinary Medicine” and you’ll be on your way! Just be sure to designate your gift to Stuart’s Fund.

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Many Thanks

Thanks to so many folks around the world who participated in our 2016 limited edition T-Shirt campaign, we’ve raised $1,007 to support HSA research.

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THANK YOU!

The Countdown Continues

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We’re ironing out the details of Stuart’s Fund so that you can learn more about Hemangiosarcoma (HSA).

Until this site is entirely up and running, and fundraising mechanisms have been put in place, here’s an intro.

From Dr. Nick Dervisis, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Oncology) Medical Oncology/Assistant Professor at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine:

Hemangiosarcoma is an aggressive and common cancer in dogs. While cutaneous masses are often treatable by tumor excision, visceral and cardiac tumors are almost always incurable. Treatment options for this disease have been limited with virtually no significant advances in the last 30 years, mostly due to our poor understanding of the disease biology. While we have thought that HSA originates from neoplastic endothelial cells, accumulating data now suggest a bone marrow progenitor as the cell of origin for this disease. 

 Dr. Erin Fagan, our Medical Oncology Resident is working on exploring a cell signalling pathway in HSA. The Jak/STAT signaling pathway functions to regulate cell growth and proliferation in many normal bone marrow cells. Dysregulation of the Jak/STAT pathway has implications in human malignancies, including leukemias, lymphomas, and sarcomas. To date, there is very little research investigating presence and activity of this pathway in canine HSA. The aim of Dr. Fagan’s study is to identify and characterize the activity of this pathway in hemangiosarcoma. We use archived tumor tissues, from dogs diagnosed with the disease, and interrogate the signaling pathway’s activation status using immunohistochemistry.

Stuart’s Fund helps support this study and more.

Thank you for your interest.

Stay tuned as the countdown continues.