The big C is a disease that touches every life. Cancer takes our loved ones, keeps us living in fear of contracting this awful disease, and takes our beloved dogs from us way too soon. Personally, I’ve lost three dogs, an uncle, and a brother in the last fifteen years- all to cancer. But there’s something we can do to fight back; we can support cancer research to help find causes and effective treatments for both dogs and humans.
This month, the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation (AHVMF) is raising awareness of cancer in dogs and cats, as well other common health issues, and is hosting a Spring fundraiser to support research into cancer treatments and other holistic approaches to keeping our beloved animals healthy.
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How You Can Help
If you shop at Amazon.com, helping is as easy as clicking your mouse. Simply set your Amazon Smile charity to AHVMF before you shop and a portion of every shopping cart checkout will go to AHVMF. You can find the Amazon Smile site here.
From March 29- April 4, the AHVMF is focusing specifically on cancer, and holistic and integrative cancer therapies. You can read more at the Foundation’s Blog.
Gearing up for the Spring Fund Drive: Share Your Story
If you’ve had a pet with cancer, and found a holistic treatment you think is worth sharing, send your story to the AHVMF.
From the AHVMF director, Dr. Palmquist:
AHVMF is a 501-c-3, nonprofit organization organized to improve the quality and quantity of veterinary holistic and integrative medical research and education. Out of millions of nonprofit groups, AHVMF is the only organization dedicated to this purpose. The group grew quickly in the last three years and received GuideStar Gold status, something possessed by less than 2% of all US nonprofits. We face massive uphill battles, but we are making progress as more veterinary schools begin to discover the power of natural medicine. As consumers demand more options and push for medical and veterinary professionals to become better trained in natural health options, we are seeing alliances arise so that we can better care for people and animals. To do this we need your help.
This is a consumer-empowered, love-driven effort in which people seek out better patient-centered options. They persist through natural therapies to find unexpected recoveries. The AHVMF site features these stories in its Animal Teachers and Inspiring Stories sections. Our foundation actively seeks out these stories and feel that while no single story can prove the efficacy of a therapy or drug, these stories can assist in targeting research direction:
By simply sending AHVMF your story of recovery, you might be opening a door to further medical discovery. By examining these stories you may find a new direction for your pet’s medical condition. A recent UCLA sponsored event concentrated on just these issues and AHVMF is excited to see such awareness growing.
While love and concern are beautiful things, it is important to medical professionals and their clients that care offered and received is safe, effective and likely to have some benefit. Developing evidence is the scientific process of seeking information, making hypotheses and then testing these in controlled situations. The evidence developed seeks to inform decisions by consumers, medical and veterinary professionals, insurance companies and governmental policy makers. Having proper evidence is essential to advancing any portion of medicine and AHVMF is dedicated to developing that evidence base for natural healing modalities as those efforts expand integrative veterinary medicine.
From March 15-April 15 supporters will have a voice in the direction of such work for the next year. This year’s campaign is divided into four weeks. How people respond to weekly surveys and what they donate to support will direct our decisions and possibilities. Each week will concentrate on a different aspect of animal care.
Submit Your Pet’s Story: You can submit your stories to the AHVMF by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donate and Vote: A single donation of $12 during the appropriate fundraiser week casts your vote for the direction AHVMF should take in this year’s research.
AHVMF Donors Shape Medical Research Directions
Week One (March 15-21, 2015): Why do you take your pet to the veterinarian?
Week Two (March 22-28): Food issues, nutrition, food as medicine, GMO, food production and sustainable agriculture.
Week Three (March 29-April 4): Cancer, holistic and integrative cancer therapies and quality of life issues.
Week Four (April 5-April 15): Senior care and modified hospice.