HISTORY & GOALS
In 1995 a small group of people who loved the Boxer breed, decided that it was time to "give back" to the breed that gives us so much. This resulted in the formation of the American Boxer Charitable Foundation. The Mission of the Foundation is simple. It is simply to raise money to be used to fund research into the health-related issues that face our beloved breed. This means all of our breed ... from the fine showdogs, to the Obedience, Agility and Performance dogs, beloved family pets and even the abandoned Rescue Boxers that break our hearts. It benefits Boxers with cropped or uncropped ears ... as well as fawn, brindle and white Boxers. We are about the health of our breed! All of our breed.
The Foundation then had to devise means to raise the money needed to pay for the research that needed to be done. To accomplish this Mission, we utilize fundraisers and these fundraisers fall into two categories ... Supporters and Members.
SUPPORTERS: This list includes those who help with our largest fundraiser, our Annual Auction held at our National Specialty Show in May of each year. This event is manned entirely by volunteers and generous Boxer lovers donate all of the items. It's truly amazing to see how each year, the volunteers show up, the items flow in and the room fills with people willing to spend money to help our breed. It is an evening that truly puts the FUN back in FUNdraising.
Also included under the heading of "Supporters" are those who donate to our Endowment Fund through Memorials and Honorariums. If you want to remember or donate in the name of a friend or Boxer, simply send your donation (along with the name and address of the family) to the Foundation and we will send a lovely acknowledgement card to the family of the person/dog that you are honoring.
Another form of Support is to purchase any of the varied Boxer items we sell. Please remember that the profits from each of these items are used to fund research for our Boxers! What a wonderful way to help our breed.
Research of Canine Degenerative Myelopathy
American Boxer Charitable Foundation and American Boxer Club
Joan R. Coates, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology)
Below is a summary to the ABCF and ABC of the research accomplishments in study of degenerative myelopathy (DM) over the past year. I would like to especially acknowledge the ABCF and ABC for the continue support of the research through grant funding and donations. Read More
May 10, 2017
The Shine On Project: A Novel Way to Approach Cancer
The vision "to create a world where we no longer fear cancer" drives the work of Dr. Jaime Modiano and his colleagues in the Animal Cancer Care and Research Program of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. The "Shine On" study represents a turning point in their efforts to achieve this vision, by finding a way to prevent hemangiosarcoma, an aggressive, malignant tumor of blood vessel cells, in dogs. To do this, Modiano's group plans to use a test to find hemangiosarcoma cells in the blood of dogs at risk for the disease. His group will then treat the dogs that have hemangiosarcoma cells in their blood with a new drug that kills the those cells before they ever have a chance to form a tumor.
May 03, 2017
Biomarker Test for Lou Gehrig's Disease Useful in Diagnosing Canine Neurodegenerative Disease
Mizzou researchers seek clinical trial participants for further treatment study
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- In 2009, Joan Coates, a veterinary neurologist, along with other researchers at the University of Missouri and the Broad Institute at MIT/Harvard, found a genetic link between degenerative myelopathy (DM) in dogs and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease in people. Now, researchers have found that a biomarker test that helps diagnose ALS also can assist with determining a diagnosis for degenerative myelopathy. Coates and her research team are seeking clinical trial participants to evaluate a treatment for canine DM.
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