Willem Wijnberg Cancer Fundraiser 2015
22nd to... UNTIL WE HIT OUR GOAL OF $25,000
drawing for prizes will take place on Sunday, June 7th
Items #A1 to #A32 on the first
page of this Very Special Fundraiser were created and donated by
Willem Wijnberg, a very talented artist from the Netherlands. For
the past twelve years, Willem has made and donated all of the items
for our Willem Wijnberg Cancer Fundraisers.
Since 2003, Berner Lovers has
raised $233,574 for cancer research for Berners. The AKC CHF has
made matches of $263,062 to the Berner-Lovers' fund for a total
raised for cancer research of $496,606!!
THANK YOU WILLEM, for your
dedication to the breed and for helping raise so much money to
defeat cancer in Berners.
To see more of Willem's work and past contributions to
Fundraisers to fight cancer:
Very, Very Special Fundraiser!
This year our fundraiser is going to raise
money for Dr. Matthew Breen, researcher from North Carolina State
University. Dr. Breen has been doing research on histiocytic sarcoma
(formerly called malignant histiocytosis, or "Histio") and
lymphoma, concentrating on these diseases in Bernese Mountain Dogs.
He has made great strides in his research and is ready to move on to
the next level of his research. He estimates that the cost of the
research will be $45,000 and has already raised $20,000 for the
research. My goal is to raise the additional $25,000 through our
2015 Willem Wijnberg Cacner Fundraiser so that he can continue his
research. Any money we raise above that amount will be used to
reduce the cost of the assay to Berner Lovers when the testing is
done on their Berners. It is so exciting to see the research
resulting in something that will be used to help diagnose cancers
accurately in Berners so that they can get the proper treatment to
extend their lives. It is so sad to discover that some Berners are
mis-diagnosed with Histio, when their cancer was actually lymphoma
and they could have been properly treated for lymphoma, giving them
a longer life. Let's make this a fantastic fundraiser and raise the
$25,000 needed to help our Berners by supporting this research. Here
is the information about the research that Dr. Breen will be doing.
Title: Diagnosis of
canine histiocytic malignancies using microfluidic assessment of
tumor specific DNA copy number.
Accurate diagnosis of an histiocytic
malignancy (HM) currently requires a tumor biopsy to be evaluated
first by routine histopathology and then again following specialized
immunohistochemistry (IHC). The use of appropriate IHC is considered
the gold standard to confirm a diagnosis in most cases.
Unfortunately, this form of analysis is not always readily available
in routine pathology laboratories, is time consuming (generally 7-14
days), costly (>$150) to the client and requires a specialized
skill set (veterinary pathologist interpretation). In the absence of
rigorous IHC, the strong association between Berners and HMs has
resulted in this cancer being suggested as the most likely
diagnosis, due to the breed of the patient. As a result Berners with
lymphoma have been misdiagnosed with an HM. Presently there are no
assays available in the veterinary field that are able to confirm
the diagnosis of HMs within 72hrs and do so at a price point
acceptable to most pet owners. Our research has been directed
towards meeting this need.
As part of our ongoing commitment to
helping the Berner we have developed a rapid assay that separates
lymphomas and HMs with >97% sensitivity and >97% specificity.
With just a small DNA sample from the tumor specimen, the technology
uses microfluidics and highly specific analytes to perform 20,000
measurements and simultaneously determine the number of copies per
cell of the specific DNA segments assessed. The assay, which
currently may be run on a single sample, or up to 96 samples
simultaneously, uses a closed, automated system and is completed
within six hours. Turn around time from receipt of biopsy/fine
needle aspirate to delivery of results is generally 24 hours. In its
present form this new discriminatory assay is faster and less costly
than any other assay in the market designed to differentiate HMs and
To add broader value to this new assay we
are now gathering additional data to determine the true diagnostic
potential for HM. To do so we are assessing the power of our assay
to separate HMs from the other round cell canine neoplasms
(plasmocytoma, transmissible venereal tumors, mast cell tumors) as
well as other cancers diagnosed in the same anatomical locations as
HMs (e.g. hemangiosarcoma, melanoma, osteosarcoma). Pilot data for
this study assessed the use of our assay to screen 10 cases of each
of the cancers stated above. Our assay did not result in a diagnosis
of an HM in any of these additional cancers. We will now use our
assay to assess a large collection of each of the cancers listed
above (100 cases each) as well as 100 more HMs. These data will
provide highly accurate sensitivity and specificity values for the
use of this new, cost-effective and rapid assay to provide a
diagnosis of an HM Any funds that remain after the assay has been
validated will be used to help pay towards the cost of the assay for
Berners with suspected HM
For further information about this research
Bernese Mountain Dogs are truly blessed to
have Dr. Matthew Breen working to help extend their lifespan and to
research ways to eliminate the horrible cancers that affect their
lives. This following article was published at North Carolina State
University and I wanted to share it with everyone so they could see
exactly who Dr. Matthew Breen is and why we are so lucky to have him
working on our side to fight cancer in our Berners.
Ticket prices are:
or 4 for $10,
or 10 for $20.
or 8 for $5,
or 20 for $10.
or 4 for $10,
or 10 for $20.
Make ALL checks/cheques
payable to: Joye M. Neff
Please include the following:
** I can accept foreign cheques with no
additional fees to convert the funds to US dollars as long as they are
under $100, so if you are going to send more than $100, please break it
into smaller cheques so none are over $100."
Please give generously knowing you have a chance to win one of
these beautiful items
1) I have a Challenge from generous Berner Lovers who are making
this challenge to people who have never made a donation to one of
our fundraisers. They will match your donations up to $300 in loving
memory of Hanna, if you are making your first donation to one of our
fundraisers. When you send your check, be sure to tell me that you
are a new donor, so I can track our donations and we can get their
donation of $300. I know that we can raise $300 from new donors
which will give us the additional $300 to our fundraiser.
2) I have a Challenge from Peggy Rickenbach
in loving memory of Zeke, Streaking Man of Steel, for our 2015
Cancer Fundraiser. Peggy has made a very generous donation to the
cancer fundraiser and has asked me to use her tickets to spur on
more donations to help us hit our goal of raising $25,000 for Dr.
Matthew Breen for his research on histiocytic sarcoma and lymophoma
in Bernese Mountain Dogs. Anyone who makes a donation of $25 or more
will receive 6 FREE TIER ONE TICKETS! Now is the time to send in
your donations so you can take advantage of these FREE Tickets in
3) NEW CHALLENGE Wendy Djang from North
Carolina is challenging Berner Lovers from NC she will match
all donations from people who live in NC up to a total of $300
4) NEW CLUB CHALLENGES: The Kentuckiana BMD
Club, The BMD Club of Canada, and the BMD Club of Greater Seattle
have all made donations to the cancer fundraiser and have challenged
the other regional and national clubs to make donations also. Please
ask your club to make a donation to support this research project
5) AmTote has made a very generous donation
of $1,000 and from today until their tickets are used up, they will
double anyone's tickets who makes a donation of $30 or more. THANK
YOU to Linda Lankester and Steve Keech for making this challenge
6) A very generous California donor has
challenged all California Berner Loves. All checks to the 2015
Willem Wijnberg Cancer Fundraiser by California donors will be
matched up to a total of $500 if they are dated May 18, 2015 or
later. Come on Californians - send in those checks so we can get an
additional $500 donation!!.
THANKS to our generous challenge donors.
WE DID IT!! We surpassed our goal of
$25,000 and raised $28,107.44 for Dr. Breen's cancer research to
benefit Bernese Mountain Dogs.
I know that this is what you have been waiting
for today -
THE LUCKY WINNERS OF THE 131 PRIZES IN THE FUNDRAISER:
CALIFORNIA OLD GOLD COUNTRY GETAWAY~! A generous Berner Lover
has offered a wonderful prize for our 2015 Cancer Fundraiser - the
use of her Guesthouse about nine miles outside of Nevada
City, CA for up to a week. The property is on a couple of forested
acres with great hiking, biking, and resting and just an hour drive
from Tahoe, Roseville or Sacramento. The Guesthouse sleeps two on a
pull out couch in the living room and two on a queen in the Loft. It
has a full bathroom and kitchen. There is a deck and a garage, plus
the added bonus of the company of two loving Bernese in the main
house. You can even bring your own well-behaved, neutered,
non-aggressive dogs with you on your Getaway. You will enjoy the
lovely city of Nevada City and Grass Valley with historic downtowns
and many artists and musicians around the Yuba River area. The
winner and the owner will work out the details of the Getaway.
Donated by an Anonymous Berner Lover
Winner: Paula Murison
Linda Lancaster has donated a $100 gift card to the spa of the
Winner: JoAnn Boehm.
Linda Lancasters husband, Steve Keech, has donated a
brand new Android Tablet to the Cancer Fundraiser
Winner: Bernese Mountain Dog Club of
here is a very special picture,
Willem at work on Amika's painting
for our Angel Pin Lady, Karen Connors,
We love you!!!!!
For the Histio Roll
Call of just some of our Berners lost to this cancer
and why your
donations are so very important!
information on all aspects of canine cancer care
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