Update March 3rd 2014

In 2010, a Chicago Berner owner and active BARC foster/transport volunteer, Julie Greco, was devastated by the news that her first failed foster, Chloe had MH. Chloe was just six years old, the same age that Julie’s first Berner, Monty, died of the same disease. Julie had been training to run the Chicago Marathon for about a year. She had been dedicating her training races (usually ½ marathons) to dogs of friends that have passed by wearing a button. As she waited on pins and needles for Chloe’s diagnosis, she pleaded in one post – “please, no more buttons.” Sadly, that plea didn’t reach the right ears. During the hardest part of Julie’s training, Chloe lost her battle. On an unusually hot October day in Chicago, Julie completed her first marathon and I have no doubt that Chloe was right there with her every step of those 26.1 miles.

For Chloe's Tribute Page on the Histio Roll Call
<click here>

Two years later, while the average age our Berners creeps out a bit longer, cancer continues to take its toll on our beloved dogs. I have sent many condolences already in 2012, and the year is barely half done. Within the span of hours on May 25th, two special dogs were touched by cancer, Sage was diagnosed with bone cancer and Charm lost his battle and ran to the Rainbow Bridge.

As their owners dealt with their grief, there was a renewed interest in creating a second Run Free fundraiser to further cancer research.

To test the waters, I created a Facebook page
to see how many people would be interested.

Much to Jaime and my surprise, within hours people all over the world responded in support of a second fundraiser.

We are happy to announce the 2012 Run Free Fundraiser, complete with new artwork and … a surprise

Mock up of the the new Run Free puppy T-shirt

Mock up with the Run Free logo

Run Free tee shirts to benefit Berner Cancer Research

As in 2010, short sleeve shirts cost $20.00; long sleeve shirts are available for $25.00. Sizes run from adult small to 5X. Shipping for one or two shirts to the same address is an additional $9.00 to US addresses and $7.50 to Canada. (US postal rates have really gone up since 2010!)

We are offering combo packages of one each of both designs in short and long sleeve options. The Run Free shirt is again printed on a white shirt. The puppy shirt will be printed on an ash grey shirt.

Let's get together again to make a difference so our Berners can Run Free and Live Long. I will collect orders until August 31st. I will be submitting the orders in batches, and shipping shirts out as they come in. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

To download your order forms for these tee shirts

as pdf format
Run Free Order Form US
Run Free Order Form Canada

as jpg format
Run Free Order Form US
Run Free Order Form Canada

Joye Neff has agreed to handle foreign cheques.

Please contact Joye at
and she will let you know the exact amount to make out the cheque for after exchange to US funds.

Cheques should be made payable to Joye M. Neff and sent to:

Joye M. Neff
1182 Firwood Drive
PA 15243-1881 .

Photo Contest RESULTS!

We are also running a "Sloppy Sit" Contest inspired by my Lottie and the Olympics. The gold medal winner of the contest will get one free shirt (I will purchase the shirt ... it will not be paid for from the proceeds of the fundraiser) and the silver medal winner will get $5.00 off of any order.

Braxton is our Gold Medal winner!

Hugo is our Silver Medal winner!

For the contest and other updates, please see our page on Facebook.

Over 80% of your purchase price will be donated to the AKC CHF Berner Lover’s fund.

For more information, please email

Dr Breen's Research

If you are planning to send in an order for Run Free 2 shirts, why not also add a picture of your Berner(s) and a note for Tessa in the envelope!

Tessa - A Way to Say Thank You!

Update March 3rd 2014

Our final check total to Joye Neff for the 2012-2013 Run Free fundraiser was $7,300!

A huge thank you to ALL who have participated in this fundraiser worldwide! And right now, we are selling those two designs on various merchandise, from hoodies and v-neck tees, to mugs and bags, at this store link:

All profits will continue to go to the AKC Berner Lovers' Directed Fund to help fund Canine Cancer Research.

Find us on Facebook at:

2014 may be full of new Run Free surprises! And more money for canine cancer research!

*Longlease Bernese Mountain Dogs Fundraiser Page*