“Golden” volunteer wins award
Supporting the needs of 3,000 dogs, their owners and veterinarians requires the coordinated efforts of a dedicated team of Golden Retriever Lifetime Study staff, volunteers, partners and sponsors. Morris Animal Foundation decided to recognize these efforts by establishing the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Volunteer of the Year Award. Candace Verduce, of Pittsburgh, Penn., is the award’s first recipient.
“I was very surprised and honored to be chosen,” said Candace, proud owner of Stoli, study dog #1,773, and one of many breeders who have enrolled a dog in the study. “My hope is our goldens will be instrumental in finding a common thread to the cause of cancer so prevalent in our breed, hopefully leading to a treatment or cure.”
Candace has been tireless in her efforts to promote the study, from creating the “3,000 Strong” logo to designing T-shirts for the 2014 Virtual Walk. Candace has lost two dogs to hemangiosarcoma, both within 11 days of each other. This experience influenced her decision to enroll Stoli in the study. Her hope is that no one will have to experience the same pain Candace and her family experienced.
Candace works for Fisher Scientific, so she has an understanding of how advances in DNA sequencing have given hope in human cancer research.“I’ve seen the advances we’ve made in human medicine during my time with Fisher,” said Candace, “and I have similar hopes for the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.
“I firmly believe that something will come from this study that will have a major impact on cancer prevention and treatment. As we move forward with the study, I want people to appreciate what an honor it is to participate in this tremendous effort.”
If you are interested in becoming a study volunteer, you can sign up online – we hope you’ll join us in this historic study!