Pet lovers and motorcycle riders host eighth annual fundraiser
Pet lovers and motorcycle riders host eighth annual fundraiser to combat canine cancer with scenic motorcycle ride over Gambrill, South, and Catoctin Mountains
Past fundraising efforts lead by local veterinarian have raised $77,000 for canine bone cancer research
April 21, 2011 (Thurmont, MD): Local pet lovers and motorcycle riders will gather again at the famed Cozy Restaurant in Thurmont, MD on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 10am for the Eighth Annual Kate Koogler Canine Cancer Ride, a successful fundraising event to raise money for canine bone cancer research.
The Kate Koogler Canine Cancer Fund, Inc., a 5013c nonprofit organization, was established by Frederick County, MD veterinarian Dr. Teresa Koogler, DVM, and her husband Robin to honor the memory of their very special Rottweiler named Kate. Sadly a form of bone cancer took Kate from her loving owners. "She was a once-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 had a lot of living to do. I want Kate to put a face on canine bone cancer and represent the 10,000 dots 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 says. "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 human owners. Bone cancer also occurs in people, according to the American Cancer Society, about 2,650 new human cases of cancer of the bones and joints were diagnosed in 2010 and about 1,460 deaths resulted. Studying this disease in dogs can provide a lot of vital information that can be used in the treatment of people with bone cancer as well.
As a result of fundraising efforts since Kate's death in 2002, the Kate Fund has been able to donate $77,000 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," says Dr. Koogler.
The 2011 Annual Kate Koogler Canine Ride will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2011, rain or shine. The organizers note that motorcycles are not required, and non-riders are invited to meet at Utica District Park 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 for a beautiful scenic ride over Gambrill, South, and Catoctin mountains ending at Utica District Park just north of Frederick. Pre-registration is recommended. The $35.00 registration fee will include a Kate Ride T-shirt, a catered lunch, presentation, and the raffle ticket for a chance to win a weekend getaway and other door prizes. Participants are asked to obtain pledges and turn in donations at the park. Prizes will be awarded to the three people with the most money 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 of its generous sponsors, including: Crossroads Animal Referral and Emergency SynergX Corporation, Braunstein Group CPAs, LLC, and Fitzgerald Auto Mall.