PROVIDENCE, R.I. / November 13, 2017 – A Golden Wish today announced a new partnership with Morris Animal Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of animals. The company will donate 10 percent of each purchase of A Golden Wish custom apparel to Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.
A Golden Wish is a way for dog lovers to make an impactful difference in the lives of golden retrievers everywhere. A Golden Wish was created as a custom apparel line featuring and honoring the golden retriever dog breed based on A Golden Wish Founder, Faye Silverman’s love for golden retrievers. Upon the death of her first golden retriever, Joey (aka Papa) to Cancer, (hemangiosarcoma) and then her second golden retriever, Nicky, to cancer (hemangiosarcoma), Silverman decided to dedicate her life to changing the statistics of disease in golden retriever dogs across the globe.
“In May, 2015, my beloved golden retriever, Joey, was diagnosed with inoperable hemangiosarcoma of the heart,” said Silverman, “He passed away in July, 2015. With his passing, I lost one of my best friends. On the heels of losing Joey, one of my other dogs, Nicky, was diagnosed with lymphoma in March, 2017, and then also hemangiosarcoma.”
“The thought of losing another pet to cancer was more than I could bear,” explains Silverman, “After learning more about other families struggling with the same situations, I decided to do something to help aid in the research. Through A Golden Wish I hope to be able to make a difference by donating 10 percent of all merchandise purchased, to assist in the ongoing research of cancer in our dogs.”
The goal of A Golden Wish is to raise money to support Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, the first project to come from the Canine Lifetime Health Project at Morris Animal Foundation, headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The study will help identify the genetic, nutritional, environmental, and lifestyle risk factors for the development of cancer and other major diseases in golden retrievers and all dogs.
“This study requires a long-term commitment from dog owners and their veterinarians,” said John Reddington, President and CEO of Morris Animal Foundation, “We have the potential to learn valuable information that will not only improve canine health but will also significantly advance the entire field of veterinary medicine.”
Golden retriever owners across the country were invited to apply to participate in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, the largest and longest observational study ever undertaken in the United States to improve the health of dogs. Morris Animal Foundation enrolled 3,044 golden retrievers into the study. In order to qualify for the study, dogs needed to be less than 2 years old and in good health. The study, begun in 2012, is now in its fifth year.
Dogs accepted into the study participate for their entire lives. During that time, owners and veterinarians provide health, nutritional and environmental information about the dogs, as well as biological samples. This information will help scientists identify risk factors that may lead to cancer and other diseases in golden retrievers and all dog breeds, and from their conduct, new investigations that may lead to better treatments and even cures.
About Morris Animal Foundation
Morris Animal Foundation improves and protects the health of animals through scientific innovation, education and inspiration. Founded by a veterinarian in 1948, we continue to be a science-driven organization, funding critical health studies for the benefit of all animals. Learn more at morrisanimalfoundation.org