Welcome friends, to the Puccini Foundation
The foundation was named for Puccini, my dear cocker spaniel, who was my constant companion for 14 years. Sadly, he lost his fight with cancer, but only after making history as a participant in an amazing clinical trial for a vaccine that extended his life both in quality and quantity. The vaccine has since been USDA-approved, is helping dogs with malignant melanoma, and the findings from the clinical trials have been applied toward studies to create a similar vaccine for humans!
It was during our precious, extra time together that I promised Puccini I would create this organization* to support the growing science of comparative oncology and celebrate the human-animal bond. Millions of cats and dogs are diagnosed every year with the same kinds of cancers found in people: melanoma, lymphoma, bone cancer, breast cancer and more. Studying and finding therapies for cancers in our pets, can lead to treatments and cures for people as well. Comparative oncology researches and treats cancer that has occurred naturally in pets; there is never any testing on healthy animals.
The Puccini Foundation is dedicated to the hope of a future for pets and people… cancer free.
Please donate whatever time or funds you can to this important research. I hope you will find our website to be a resource for information about comparative oncology, and a source of community and hope.
Very truly yours,
Linda Cohen Wassong
*The Puccini Foundation was recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit in August 2007.