National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day
November 7 is National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day. One of the most common cancers among dogs, lymphoma accounts for as much as 15-20% of new canine cancer diagnoses. This day is an opportunity to create awareness and educate others on the disease, treatment options and more.
In 2011, renowned dog agility trainer and competitor Terry Simons learned that his beloved companion Reveille had lymphoma. He immediately started researching treatment options. However, Simons was frustrated with the lack of accurate information available.
Working with trusted professionals, Simons was able to determine the best treatment path for his furry baby. In fact, Reveille thrived during treatment and even had the best agility season of her career. After losing Reveille just over a year after her diagnosis, Simons wanted to honor her legacy. He founded Canine Lymphoma Education Awareness and Research (CLEAR), a non-profit dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of canine lymphoma through clinical research and also serving as a resource to help dog owners interested in prevention and treatment of this devastating disease.
Simons worked to establish November 7 as National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day, and in 2015, it was officially observed for the first time.
Whether you’re sharing your experience or educating yourself on canine lymphoma by watching one of CLEAR’s award-winning documentaries on canine, Join Simons and CLEAR to show your support. Don’t forget to use #CanineLymphomaAwarenessDay to join the collective voice across social media outlets.
NOTE: Here’s a link to the trailer for the first doc they created, I think. It specifically focuses on lymphoma. I think later docs have focused on other types of cancer.