Of course, all Georgia Bulldogs fans are aware by now of the passing of Uga VIII, from lymphoma. Nancy Whitten, Georgia President of the Lymphoma Research Foundation, has reached out with a special invitation for all Georgia fans who are interested in fighting the disease, both in our pets and people:
My name is Nancy Whitten and I am the Georgia President of the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF). I am writing to invite you and any UGA students, alumni, friends, children and others to participate in the Georgia Lymphomathon (5K non-competitive walk). This is an annual event to raise money for the Lymphoma Research Foundation in its efforts to fund research to find a cure and serve those touched by this disease.
Many were shocked to hear about Uga VIII’s untimely death to lymphoma. Much of the public do not realize that in 2010, 74,030 individuals were projected to be diagnosed with this horrible disease. More than 600,000 are currently living with some form of lymphoma. Lymphoma is the most common blood cancer and the third most common childhood cancer. LRF is the largest lymphoma specific non-profit organization.
Many are surprised to hear that pets (our dogs particularly) are subject to getting cancer just as us humans. Lymphoma happens to be one of the more common cancers that ravage our pets and often the same treatments (or similar) are provided for our pets. Any cure or better means of managing this disease in humans is likely to benefit pets, as well.
I think it would be a great tribute to have representatives who love the University of Georgia honor Uga VIII in this upcoming walk and effort to raise money for a cure. There is no fee or particular donation required to participate in the walk. Walkers are required to register for liability purposes and given the opportunity to raise money for LRF if they choose. We encourage the formation and registration of teams, although all (individuals, couples, families, etc.) are welcome. We ask that those who are interested in participating simply click on the following link which will direct you to the Georgia Lymphomathon online registration. The link is: www.lymphomathon.org/Georgia2011.
This year’s walk will take place at Wesleyan School in Norcross, GA, on Saturday, April 30, 2011. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. Complimentary tee shirts are available for all walkers, as well as face painting for the children, plenty of food and great door prizes to boot.
Special recognition will be given to those who are walking in memory of Uga III.