Cancer Fundraiser 2009

January 11th to March 7th 2009


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CANCER ~ it's a word that strikes fear into your heart and stomach! Have you heard that diagnosis for one of your Berners? Depending on the type of cancer, it can be something where there is hope, or something where there is nothing that can be done to save your precious Berner. There is cancer research being done in many places which will extend the lives of our Berners (and ourselves) when breakthroughs are made. This research is expensive but it is also very necessary if we are going to extend the life expectancy of Berners. The AKC Canine Health Foundation Berner Lovers' Fund, which is made up of donations from Berner Lovers from the Cancer Fundraisers we do, now has $15,911.71 in it. When the grants are announced this summer, we will need to have a lot more money available to be able to support cancer research to help our Berners. Here are some of the grants that "Berner Lovers" have funded:

(1) University of Rennes #336B - Mapping of the Gene for Malignant Histiocytosis in the Bernese Mountain Dog - Francis Galibert

(2) National Human Genome Research Institute (NIH) #336A - Mapping of the Gene for Malignant Histiocytosis in the Bernese Mountain Dog - Elaine Ostrander

(3) National Human Genome Research Institute (NIH) #935A - Positional Cloning of Two Genes for Malignant Histiocytosis (MH) in the Bernese Mount Dog - Elaine Ostrander

(4) University of California, Davis #2646 - Characterization of Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Dysfunction in Malignant Histiocytosis - Cheryl London

(5) North Carolina State University #2667 - Cellular Genomics - Molecular Cytogenetic Investigation of Canine Soft Tissue Sarcomas - Matthew Breen

To read more about these grants and their progress go to:

As you can see from the abstracts of the researchers, there is a lot of cancer research being done, particularly in malignant histiocytosis. Research is being conducted into histiocytic diseases, hemangiosarcoma, mast cell cancer, osteosarcoma, and lymphoma. Berners get all of these cancers, among others. What can you do to help? You can support our Cancer Fundraiser so we can fund grants to further investigate cancer in Berners and hopefully, someday in our lifetimes, see the results of the research expressed in a longer lifespan for our beloved breed.

Joye Neff and Nicky (and Will)
Berner Fundraiser
Mt. Lebanon,
Pittsburgh, PA

Now let's see how much money we can collect. Everyone can participate!! Show your support by sending in your check today!!

Send your U.S. check, payable to "AKC CHF"  to the address below.

Write in the memo line: Berner Lovers' DAF

Please include the following:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • E-Mail Address
  • number of tickets you wish to purchase for each Tier AND for which item(s) in each Tier
    (PLEASE include item #s and description!)
Send to:
Joye Neff
1182 Firwood Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15243-1825

** I can accept foreign cheques with no additional fees to convert the funds to US dollars** 
  **All foreign cheques should be made payable to: Joye M. Neff and sent to me at:
Joye M. Neff 1182 Firwood Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15243-1825.

Donations to the AKC CHF are tax deductible under current U.S. tax laws, however donors should always consult their tax advisors regarding the tax status of their charitable donations.

Please give generously knowing you have a chance to win one of these beautiful items

Fundraiser Challenge!

I have a generous challenge from Peggy Rickenbach!! The next 15 people who send a donation of $40 or more (postmarked on or after February 7th) will receive 10 FREE Tier Three tickets. So, if you are sending a donation of $40 or more, be sure to include your 10 Free Ticket choices to me when you mail your check.

OK! Let's see the good stuff (LOTS of pics so might take a moment to load):


Berner Lovers really are a generous group of people!! Our goal for our 2009 AKC CHF Cancer Fundraiser was to raise $10,000. We not only hit it, we surpassed it by over 50%!!! We raised $15,973.34!!!! The AKC CHF usually matches our donations, so that would result in money to fight cancer of $$31,946.68!!!

THANK YOU ALL!!!! We had donations from 208 people in 39 of the 50 United States, 3 Canadian Provinces and 5 other Countries.

You folks are TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!!!!!

Tier 1 Items:

Tickets are
$10 each
or 4 for $25
or 10 for $50

For the enlarged pics of the quilt details
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Berner Quilt

BMD blocks designed by Linda Hebbert,
pieced by Janet Nelson
and quilting by Cindy Osburn

Winner: Alexis Smith

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Berner Quilt

Inscription on this lovely quilt:

"My very first quilt, designed and made in memory of Maddie and Hugs, sweet and gentle Berners who left us much too soon. A piece of my heart, remembering them, is in every stitch and part of this quilt"

Vicky Whitney

Quilted by Donna Palmisciano, Bozeman, MT
24 March 2008

Winner: Marianne Hastey


The Berner Butler

28.5 inches tall
made of wood

Donated by


Winner: Anonymous
(She has asked me to donate it to the 2009 Health Fund Auction!!)

Bernese Mountain Dog, Duke

Alexis Smith won this portrait of her Berner Boy, Duke,
painted by Carol Pontin in the 2007 BARC Fundraiser.


A portrait of your pet

painted by UK artist, Carol Pontin

15" x 11" Watercolour of a single pet
on hand pressed Saunders Waterford Rough paper

Donated by Carol Pontin

Winner: Stacy Temples

Tier 2 Items:

Tickets are
$5 each
or 8 for $25
or 20 for $50


Matted and Framed Berner Painting
by Willem Wijnberg
(11x13 framed)

Henry with his Purple Duck
(owned by Toby Erlichman)

Framing by Jill Shaeffer

Donated by


Winner: Marsha Schaublin


Framed "Easter Bunny and Helpers" Painting
by Carolyn Rafferty
(11x13 framed)

Donated by


Winner: Terri Babcock


Robert Duncan print
wood framed, under glass

Donated by

Elizabeth Malcolmson

Winner: Alexis Smith


Puppy photo
wood framed, under glass

Donated by

Elizabeth Malcolmson

Winner: Dot Decker


4 Berners in Cart Painting
by Eve Aleksova 2004

Donated by

Bobbie Abern

Winner: Nancy Stewart


Berner Painting
by Eve Aleksova

Donated by

Christine Matsakidis

Winner: Patti Grijalva


"The Best Toy of All" on canvas
by Carolyn Rafferty 2007

Donated by

Bobbie Abern

Winner: Terri Babcock


Raku Plaque of Miss Breeze
16 inches diameter

Made and Donated by
Nancy Giusti

Giusti's Enterprising Art

Winner: Cathy Estes


Painting of Yaros
by Willem Wijnberg

(Yaros owned by Nancy van Horne from the US)

Donated by
Cathy Dovico
In Memory of Dakota

Winner: Nancy Van Horne


Berner Family Painting by Tammy McCauley
(26x21 inches)

Donated by

Julie Jackson

Winner: Robin Hoogworf

Tier Three Items:

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