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Pet Lovers and Motorcycle Riders Host 7th Annual Fundraiser to Combat Canine Cancer

Pet Lovers and Motorcycle Riders Host 7th Annual Fundraiser to Combat Canine Cancer
Motorcycle ride through southern Pennsylvania apple country to Gettysburg Battlefield

Local pet lovers and motorcycle riders will gather again at the famed Cozy Restaurant in Thurmont, MD, on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 10am for the 7th Annual Kate Koogler Canine Cancer Ride, a successful fundraising event to raise money for canine bone cancer research that was started out of love for a special rottweiler whose friendly ways endeared her to her owners and sparked a charity event that has so far raised $60.000. The Kate Koogler Canine Cancer Ride will feature a motorcycle ride starting at 11am from Thurmont for a ride through the beautiful Southern Pennsylvania Apple Country to the Gettysburg Battlefield ending at the Battlefield Harley Davidson pavilion near Gettysburg, PA. Their attendees will have a catered lunch provided by Carriage House Restaurant in Emmitsburg, a presentation about their cause and a drawing for a chance to win a weekend getaway.
Frederick County, MD veterinarian Dr. Teresa Koogler, DVM, established the Kate Koogler Canine Cancer Fund, Inc., with her husband Robin to honor the memory of their very special rottweiler named Kate. Sadly, at age 11, a form of bone cancer took Kate from her loving owners. "She was a one-in-a-lifetime friend and companion," says Dr. Koogler. "Kate loved to go for motorcycle rides, being pulled behind Robin in a trailer made just for her. She loved to go hiking and playing in the creek. She enjoyed a very full life. But at 11, she still had a lot of living to do. I want Kate to put a face on canine bone cancer and represent the 10,000 dogs that are diagnosed each year with this horrible disease."
Research that is currently being conducted "will shed light on new treatment options and hopefully determine ways to reduce the incidence of bone-related cancers," Dr. Koogler said. "I truly believe that the fact that primarily large-breed dogs get bone cancer can teach us something that may be able to prevent another sweet life from being shortened."
And research into bone cancer in dogs can also help benefit their owners - humans. Bone cancer also occurs in humans, and according to the American Cancer Society in 2008, about 2,380 new cases of cancer of the bones and joints will be diagnosed, and about 1,470 deaths from these cancers are expected. Studying this disease in dogs can provide vital information that can be used in the treatment of people with bone cancer as well.
As a result of fundraising efforts during the past five years, the Kate Fund has been able to donate $60,000 to canine bone cancer research. "We are so grateful to our sponsors and to all the riders and participants who have made it such a huge success," said Dr. Koogler. The Kate Koogler Canine Fund, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization, whose mission is to raise funds for bone cancer research in hopes of finding ways to treat or prevent bone-related cancers.
The 2009 Annual Kate Koogler Canine Ride will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2009, rain or shine. The organizers note that motorcycles are not required, and non-riders are invited to meet at the Battlefield Harley Davidson pavilion at 1pm for lunch and a presentation. Motorcycle riders will meet at The Cozy Restaurant, 103 Frederick Road, Thurmont, MD at 10am and will leave at 11am. Pre-registration is recommended. The $35.00 registration fee will include a Kate Ride T-shirt, a catered lunch, presentation at the pavilion and the raffle ticket for a chance to win a weekend getaway. Participants are asked to obtain pledges and turn in donations at the park. Prizes will be awarded to the three people with the most raised in donations. Other great raffle prizes will also be available.
For more information on the ride, how you can help or contribute to the fund, or how to be a participant, visit the fund's website at www.katefund.org.
The Kate Ride owes its success to all its generous sponsors, including: SynergX Corporation, Braunstein Group CPAs LLC, Fitzgerald Auto Mall, Johnsville Plumbing Ltd., Bush Veterinary Neurology Service, Animal Health Clinic of Funkstown, Glade Valley Animal Hospital, Millennium Contracting, Yoga at H'om and Jay's Neon Workshop.

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