8th Willem Wijnberg Cancer Fundraiser 2011
15th through to July 4th 2011
The first page of Items for this
Very Special Fundraiser were created and donated by Willem Wijnberg,
a very talented artist from the Netherlands. For the past seven
years, Willem has made and donated all of the items for our Willem
Wijnberg Cancer Fundraisers.
Through the fundraisers of
Willem's wonderful Berner paintings, we have raised $120,428.87 to
fight cancer in Berners. With the matches provided by the AKC Canine
Health Foundation of $162,428.87, the grand total of money raised
directly from Willem's paintings is $282,857.74!!!
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!
Dr. Matthew Breen, North
Carolina State University has developed a means to rapidly screen
dogs for the expression of key genes that his group identified as
part of CHF-760 that are recurrently associated with Malignant
Histiocytosis (MH) in Berners. To verify which of these genes are
significant, Dr. Breen has applied for a further grant through AKC
Canine Health Foundation (CHF). He has received pre-approval of his
pre-proposal and will now submit a full application for this
research. If funded this research would begin in the Fall of 2011.
This fundraiser will be
specifically for supporting this new histio study that Dr Matthew
Breen will be doing. We need to raise $20,000 to help him do this
very important work to help defeat histio in Berners.
For further information
about this research study
Update June 23rd
. Today I
talked to Dr. Matthew Breen and we discussed his upcoming histio
research study. I had promised him that I would raise $20,000
towards the study. He tells me that the Berner research study total
for this histio project will be about $35,000. Obviously he still
needs more money to start the project. I told Matthew that as of
this morning I have checks totaling $16,174.92. I have additional
pledges right now for $4,438.66, which, IF everyone who made a
pledge sends me their donations, will give us a grand total of
$20,613.58!!! WE HAVE DONE IT!! We have raised $20,000 which is
enough money to support 69% of his histio research study!! THANK YOU
TO ALL OF THE GENEROUS PEOPLE AND CLUBS WHO HAVE MADE DONATIONS TO
FIGHT HISTIO IN OUR BELOVED BERNERS.
Dr. Breen is still short $14,386.42 for his research study and
I have a NEW CHALLENGE that would help us raise an additional
$10,000 to make the research project a reality. Fara Bushnell and
George Pappas have offered to MATCH every dollar we can raise from
today until July 4th, 2011, up to a maximum of $5,000. That means
that they have placed $5,000 "on the table" and we can
have it IF we can get NEW donations (the pledges that have been made
but not paid to me yet, do not count towards the money we raise for
this challenge) totaling $5,000 in the next 11 days!!
I KNOW THAT YOU WILL ALL WANT TO DO
EVERYTHING WE CAN TO RAISE $5,000 IN NEW MONEY SO WE CAN GET THE "BUSHNELL/PAPPAS"
Now, you ask, "How can we raise an additional $5,000?"
Here is my answer in three easy steps:
1. With donations received from 215 people out of the possible
3,718 people on the Berner lists, that leaves 3,503 people who could
possibly make a donation! So far we have donations from just 6% of
the people on the Berner lists. I'm sure that more than 6% of the
people on these lists have lost Berners to histio - so if just those
people who have lost a Berner to histio sent in a $5 donation for
each Berner lost, we would raise $5,000 in a heartbeat. P.S. Those
who haven't lost Berners to histio can also still send in checks!!
2. I currently have donations from 19 of the 30 USA regional
clubs. That means that there are an additional 11 clubs who could
possibly make a donation to help us raise $5,000.
3. Histio doesn't just affect Berners in the USA -
unfortunately it affects Berners worldwide. That means that there
are people in other countries and clubs in other countries who can
send in donations too.
P.S. If you live in Canada where the postal strike is going on,
you can still participate - just send me an e-mail telling me what
you are pledging and when the strike is over, mail the cheque to me.
Remember to tell me how to distribute your tickets for you.
I've listed three ways for us to raise $5,000 in the next 11
days - maybe you can think of more ways for us to accomplish this
HISTIO NEEDS TO BE CONQUERED - WILL YOU
PLEASE HELP US CONQUER HISTIO?
1) Brenda Broome has donated a second Berner Paw Pendant Series
1 to the fundraiser
also Item #74 which is a Series 2 pendant)
and has asked me to make it a special prize
for the 2011 Willem Wijnberg Cancer Fundraiser.
Fred Helmbold is also donating one of his
draft harness and bags to this special drawing.
Note that the red collar is not included.
sends in a donation dated on or after today, June 16th, 2011 will
also receive a ticket
for one of these very special prizes. Let
me know whether you want the pendant or harness.
2) NEWBIE CHALLENGE - I have a challenge
from Pat Tackett, Kay Taylor, and Linda Lankester. They have made
donations to the Cancer Fundraiser and have asked me to use their
tickets for a challenge. IF YOU HAVE NEVER MADE A DONATION TO ONE OF
OUR FUNDRAISERS AND THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME TO MAKE A DONATION (A
FUNDRAISER VIRGIN) YOU WILL RECEIVE 10 FREE CHALLENGE TICKETS WITH
3) Willem Wijnberg, Peggy Rickenbach and
Barb McColgan have made generous donations to the cancer fundraiser
and have asked me to use their tickets for a challenge. The next 10
people who donate $50 or more will receive an additional 20 tickets
for the fundraiser!!
4) Kelly Weir has made a challenge to
breeders expecting puppies - she has donated $20 per expected puppy
and has asked that the tickets go to people who have lost Berners
recently to histio. If you have recently lost a Berner to histio,
please send me a note and I will give your 20 FREE CHALLENGE
5) Bobbie Abern
and the Northern California club have asked me to use their tickets
to extend the challenge for free tickets. The next 20 people who
send in donations of $50 or more will get an additional 20 FREE
CHALLENGE TICKETS for the cancer fundraiser. THANK YOU Bobbie and
the Northern California club for your generous donation of your
tickets to raise more money for the cancer fundraiser.
6) Donations dated on or after June
23, 2011 will count towards the fundraiser. On the memo line write "Bushnell/Pappas
I DON'T WANT TO LET $5,000 FROM THE "BUSHNELL/PAPPAS
CHALLENGE" SLIP THROUGH OUR FINGERS. I AM COUNTING ON YOU TO
HELP US RAISE $5,000 SO WE CAN GET $5,000 MORE TO FIGHT HISTIO!
THANK YOU, Fara Bushness and George Pappas.
Through your most generous $5,000 matching fund challenge, we WILL
raise the money we need to defeat histio in Berners in our
I challenge each of you to make a donation
in honor of your current Berners.
I challenge each of you to make a donation
in memory of your Berners who have died from histio and other
THANK YOU SO MUCH TO THESE CLUBS FOR THEIR
GENEROUS DONATION to fight histio in Berners!!
I'm hoping that many more clubs joint this
elite group of clubs who are making a donation to fight histio in
Here is the list of clubs who have approved
donations to the 8th annual Willem Wijnberg Cancer Fundraiser in
support of Dr. Matthew Breen's histio research study!
Alaska - $200
Blue Ridge - $200
Central Virginia - $100
Chattahoochee Valley $200
Finger Lakes - $200
Grand Canyon - $200
Greater Seattle - $250
Greater Twin Cities - $200
Heartland - $50
Kentuckiana - $200
Lone Star - $200
Nashoba Valley - $200
Northeast Illinois - $200
Northern California - $200
Potomac Valley - $200
Rockies - Matching club members donations
Southern California - $200
Three Rivers' - $200
Watchung - $200
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
Home Page Collection 2010
Compiled by Pat Long and Jaime Meyers
Benefiting Berner Cancer Research
Dovico on this
2011 K9 Cancer Walk, Elk Grove, Calif.
May 7th 2011
support of Morris Animal Foundation's Canine Cancer Campaign .
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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