Greetings from a Special Golden Study Participant with Brotherly Pride
For years, Madalyn Ruggiero delighted in taking humorous pictures of her Golden retriever Denali to create holiday cards for her friends and family. In 2007, Madelyn decided to make the leap into the commercial card market. Madalyn wanted to share with others the smiles and laughter her dog photos brought to her friends.
When Denali was diagnosed with nasal cancer in 2012, Madelyn’s life took a different turn. She wanted to ensure that Denali was getting the most advanced treatment for his cancer, so she visited the oncology group at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. There she met oncologists Dr. Cheryl London and Dr. Eric Green. Madelyn became acquainted with Morris Animal Foundation through Dr. London and subsequently learned about Morris Animal Foundations Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. Madelyn’s firsthand experience with canine cancer lead her to enroll Denali’s “little brother”, Wilbur, in the study. As Madelyn put it “When Denali and Wilbur came into my life they brought endless joy and love. When Denali was diagnosed with cancer it opened my eyes to a different world, and brought me in touch with many people who have animals with cancer.”
As Denali continues to fight his nasal cancer, Wilbur is not only carrying on the family legacy of adorable greeting cards but also participating in a ground breaking study that will hopefully shed light on the causes of cancer in Golden Retrievers, so that dogs like Denali can live healthier and longer lives.
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