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Give Now to Fight the Killer Westie Lung Disease

$14,345 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 209 people in 10 months
Created July 30, 2018
PK
PJ Kessler
on behalf of Westie Foundation of America, INC
Hi Westie Friends,

Like many of my friends here on Facebook, I have seen two beautiful Westies of my own suffer from the deadly lung disease Westie Lung Disease  (WLD)/ Pulmonary Fibrosis.  My Westie, my Tyler, is still fighting it.

I want a cure and I know you all do too. That is why I am very excited to support the work of world renowned scientists from Yale, Tufts and University of Minnesota who seek to study a human thyroid drug (currently approved for another disease) for Pulmonary Fibrosis.  First studied mice by the Yale group, it was found to inhibit fibrosis/lung scarring. 

I am extremely optimistic that this could be a drug that does the same thing for Westies and even people that have Pulmonary Fibrosis. And, this drug is already on the market!

I hope you’ll join me and other Westie owners and lovers to fund this exciting study!  We now only need a total of $30,000 to get this underway so it can start in the Fall of 2018. 

We all know what a horrible disease Westie Lung Disease/Pulmonary Fibrosis is and its incredible that each of us could really make a huge difference in the future lives of our Westies

We can help accelerate future treatments or even a cure for this disease.

We need your help!  Please give as much as you can to help advance the studies of this disease. Every dollar counts so please contribute what you can.  

Below are all of details on the study that was formed by collaborations inspired by the Westie Foundation of America.  You will find below a link to the results of the published study done on the mice. 

Let's all do our part to help this study start ASAP.

Thank you!
PJ Kessler
Creator of the group westielungdisease.net

DETAILS BELOW:

The Westie Foundation of America (WFA) serves as a catalyst for life improvement and progress in Westie health and veterinary care.  

The WFA needs your help to support a new study that has the ability to change the way Westies suffering from Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF)/Westie Lung Disease are treated and has the potential to greatly improve our dogs’ lives. And It might even help people or cats with this condition! 

What?  Pulmonary Fibrosis Study looking at new discovery of importance of thyroid hormone in treatment  (link to study in Nature on the discovery:  
https://www.nature.com/articles/nm.4447)

Who?  The WFA introduced two renowned research centers to look at this discovery and its potential efficacy in Westies with PF.  Yale made the original discovery and Tufts University has significant interest in Westies and PF.

Why? Pulmonary Fibrosis poses a significant burden on the quality of life of Westies that are affected and is a major cause of death in the breed.  

When?  As soon as possible, the researchers would like to get financial support for this study to get it underway by fall 2018. 

Where?  The study will be housed at Tufts University and the University of Minnesota Veterinary Med Center. Dogs will be recruited for the study in the local area (unless owners from outside areas meet the logistical requirements of the study).  Tufts researchers are already working with researchers at Yale to set up the study protocol and logistics – the only thing they need to get started is the funding to do the study.

Background on WFA’s work in Pulmonary Fibrosis and with Canine/Human Researchers:

The WFA works with the best scientists in the world on Westie health.  We have a track record of coordinating and convening the world’s greatest minds in veterinary and human medicine to tackle the most burdensome diseases in our breed.  In 2014, we convened the first-of-its-kind Fibrosis Across Species three-day conference bringing together renowned scientists and clinicians from human and veterinary medicine.  The resulting partnerships and strategies continue to pay dividends on our and our partners’ investment – and because of donations by Westie owners like you.  As a result of the information exchanged and shared at the meeting, the National Institutes of Health identified “fibrosis across species” as a priority in human Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis research efforts.   In 2007, we convened the first meeting of human and canine researchers looking at naturally-occurring pulmonary fibrosis (PF) in the Westie and explored tandem efforts to attack the disease.  The WFA will continue to cover new ground and pioneer strategies and tactics to solve the most confounding issues that affect the West Highland White Terrier.


WFA Vision for PF Research to Improve the Lives of Westies:

Our vision is to expand our efforts to become a catalyst in Westie research efforts by proactively establishing research partnerships with universities, independent research centers and experts in industry including companies in the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and medical device industries.  We envision matching researchers with potential partners and resources to provide successful and sustainable Westie-related research programs.

A Partnership for Healthier and Happier Westie Dogs and Owners

Together, we can build an all-new program that will advance research to improve the health and lives of Westies.  We can make Westie ownership even more satisfying and rewarding.  We can challenge the current research paradigm in Westie health and accelerate progress into finding treatments and cures for our dogs and hopefully humans.  We can ensure that our leaders move us quickly in the direction of success and we fully capitalize on our research efforts and partnerships to drive innovation.

About The Westie Foundation of America:

The mission of the Westie Foundation of America, Inc. is a 501 C (3) organization established to provide financial aid and other support for medical research in order to benefit the health and quality of life of West Highland White Terriers; and, to further develop and communicate information regarding the health, care, breeding and quality of life of Westies to Westie owners, Westie breeders and veterinarians. 
For more information visit westiefoundation.org
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We have over $32,000 now in our WLD drug study fund with the Westie Foundation!
This includes give Tuesday and direct donations to the Westie Foundation and specifying our WLD study on where they want their donation to go.
We are keeping this open so we can include even more dogs in this study.
All of these funds will be used to study to find a cure for WLD/IPF.
We appreciate your support.
PJ
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Another way to help our Westies suffering with Westie Lung Disease!

https://www.bonfire.com/westie-lung-disease-warrior-club-1/
Be sure to keep sharing our gofundme page as we want $30,000 goal by Dec 31st, 2018.

50 days to raise less than $21,000, we can do this! Just 830 $25 Donations puts us over the top!
https://www.gofundme.com/manage/wfa-pulmonary-fibrosis-drug-study
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Raised by 209 people in 10 months
Created July 30, 2018
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PJ Kessler
on behalf of Westie Foundation of America, INC
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