Sugar Rub! Fund for Feline Mammary Carcinoma Research
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  Tallulah was diagnosed in July 2009 and made her journey to the Rainbow Bridge in August 2010. Rest in Peace Precious Angel Tallulah.  
Fundraising goal $50,000.00
Recent donations (192 donations)
Melanie Lakey $14.00
Melanie Lakey $35.00
Mary Ann Salinger $25.00
Katherine Sciortino $25.00
Jeanette Cereske $25.00
Michelle Patterson $300.00
Mr. Eric Uhlfelder
Ms. Jeanette Cereske $4800.00
Ms. Melanie Lakey $14.00
Ms. Melanie Lakey $7.00
Top donors (192 donations)
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
Arkansas Best Corp. $5000.00
Ms. Jeanette Cereske $4800.00
Friends of Sugar $3806.00
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
Friends of Sugar This amount includes donations indented below $775.00
   Jeanette Cereske    $375.00
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.
Feline Mammary Cancer Research
Our feline mammary cancer research study at Penn Vet will compare the disease free interval, survival time, and toxicity between cats that receive chemotherapy following surgery for mammary gland carcinoma. The results of this study will provide an evidence-based rationale to guide the use of adjuvant doxorubicin or carboplatin chemotherapy for feline mammary tumors. This study will be the first prospective, randomized clinical trial performed regarding feline mammary tumors.
    Donation messages
    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
    Happy Birthday Lilly! --Jeanette Cereske
    This donation is in honor of my dear Dipsty who passed of kidney cancer and my sweet little Chiara who is currently fighting mammary cancer. --Michelle Patterson
    Thanks Doctor Krik --Mr. Eric Uhlfelder
    To honor all Pink Warriors -- from Sugar's generous and loving friends. --Ms. Jeanette Cereske
    Lots of eternal love to Sugar and her family from Angel Charming and his family. --Ms. Melanie Lakey
    Happy birthday, sweet Sugar. We love and celebrate you! Love, Melanie, Angel Charming and your family here in Southern CA. --Ms. Melanie Lakey

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