Sugar Rub! Fund for Feline Mammary Carcinoma Research
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Fundraising goal $50,000.00
Recent donations (199 donations)
Jeanette Cereske $100.00
Loretta Saunders $50.00
Friends of Sugar $3100.00
Sarah and Tabby Coolidge $30.00
Kathy Corp $50.00
Purrito $20.00
Mary C Johnson
Melanie Lakey $14.00
Melanie Lakey $35.00
Mary Ann Salinger $25.00
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Friends of Sugar This amount includes donations indented below $6840.00
   Ms. Stephanie Flynn    $700.00
   Ms. Janet Dillavou    $200.00
   Mrs. Patricia Hodge    $25.00
   Ms. Stephanie Flynn    $250.00
   Ms. Ruth Scharbach    $25.00
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Arkansas Best Corp. $5000.00
Ms. Jeanette Cereske $4800.00
Friends of Sugar $3806.00
Friends of Sugar $3100.00
Ms. Jeanette Cereske $2000.00
Friends of Sugar This amount includes donations indented below $1695.00
   Ms. Stephanie Flynn    $50.00
Jeanette Cereske $1300.00
Mr. Bryan Storey $1000.00
Sugar Rub! Feline Mammary Cancer Fund

Loved beyond words, missed beyond measure.
"Cats can get breast cancer?"
Sadly, the answer is yes. Our kitty Sugar was diagnosed with mammary cancer in January 2013 and since then I've learned a lot about this hideous disease. Mammary tumors (breast cancer) are one of the most common types of cancer in cats, and the majority of feline mammary tumors (over 85%) are malignant, meaning that they have the potential to metastasize and ultimately end the cat's life. It is likely to occur in 1 out of 4000 cats and it is the third most common cancer in cats. There is a strong correlation between early spaying and a reduction in the incidence of mammary tumors in cats. Unfortunately many kitties like our Sugar, who we adopted from a shelter where she arrived unspayed at age 6, miss out on that window.
Sugar's Journey
Sugar had a unilateral mastectomy and lumpectomy and recovered well. Initially chemotherapy was not recommended. Just three months later I was giving her a Sugar Rub! (breast exam) and I found a lump in the same spot as the first one. I was devastated. Sugar saw her oncologist the next day and two days later she had surgery to remove it. We did get some good news that it was not in the lymph nodes but it did mean that not all of the cells were taken out the first time. So chemotherapy was recommended and she had five rounds.

We were hopeful that the chemotherapy had killed all of the cancer cells in Sugar's body, but the reality is that there is not enough research to give us solid information on how effective chemotherapy is for feline mammary cancer. You can only hope and pray that your kitty will be one of those who survives. Sadly in May 2014, sixteen months after her initial diagnosis, we discovered that Sugar had cancer in her lungs and chest. We made the painful and heartbreaking decision to let Sugar leave this world and journey to her tenth and forever life. We miss her everyday and continue this mission in her memory.
What is Sugar Rub!
When Sugar was diagnosed with feline mammary cancer, I started an organization called Sugar Rub! to raise awareness about mammary cancer in animals and to encourage pet owners to do a Sugar Rub! (breast exam) at least once a month. We are also committed to funding this research study on feline mammary cancer because even though this horrible disease is very aggressive in cats, very few studies have been done. Please visit our website. http://sugarrub.org/
Sugar Rub! Feline Mammary Cancer Research Study
Several recent studies from a group in Portugal have demonstrated that feline mammary carcinoma express some of the same prognostic markers that are expressed in human breast cancer. This allows for feline mammary carcinomas to be defined and categorized in a similar manner as human breast cancer, according to overexpression of estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor, and HER2. These markers have been shown to drive carcinogenesis, and so therapeutics targeting these specific markers have been developed. To our knowledge, these drugs have not yet been administered in cats with mammary carcinoma, and so we propose to undertake a prospective study of feline mammary carcinoma patients where the tumors are graded according to the St Gallen molecular subtypes that is applied in women. Feline patients will be treated with drugs targeting the specific markers that are upregulated in their particular tumor, with an expected increased survival time.

Specifically, we plan to collaborate with a research group in Italy that has developed a HER-2 immunotherapy vaccine for cats with mammary carcinoma. Cats will undergo standard of care treatment with surgical and chemotherapy, then they will receive the immunotherapy treatment. Toxicity and efficacy of the treatment will be assessed, and the information will be used to apply for larger amounts of grant funding to continue this research in the future.
    Donation messages
    I miss you everyday Sugar Bear. Love, Mama J --Jeanette Cereske
    In loving memory of Sugar --Loretta Saunders
    With love and grattitude to all of Sugar's Friends. --Friends of Sugar
    In loving memory of Princess, HoBo, Gabriel, and Lady Bug. --Kathy Corp
    In memory of Beckham, Sugar, and Ted R --Purrito
    In loving memory of Beckham. --Mary C Johnson
    Lots of love to sweet Angel Sugar from Angel Charming and his family! --Melanie Lakey
    Let's keep working on a cure for feline mammary cancer! --Melanie Lakey
    Happy Birthday Lill! --Mary Ann Salinger
    Happy Birthday Lill! --Katherine Sciortino
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