Fund raising for Medical Detection Dogs – (Registered Charity)
The Society’s chosen charity for fund raising for 2016/17 is Medical Detection Dogs. The Charity funds the training and support of dogs used to assist individuals who manage complex health conditions.
Medical Alert Dogs are taught to identify the odour changes that are associated with life threatening medical events such as Hypoglycaemia – dangerously low blood sugar levels – in diabetics; Addisonian Crisis, which causes severe pain, convulsions and unconsciousness; Pain seizures, which lead to collapse and hospitalisation and Severe allergic responses and narcolepsy, a malfunction of the sleep/wake regulating system which causes sleep attacks and possible paralysis.
Cancer and Bio-detection Dogs are trained to detect bladder cancer volatiles in urine samples. More recently a study has started to determine whether dogs can detect aggressive prostate cancer from both urine and breath samples.
Evidence is now indicating that in the future dogs could assist in improving the current diagnosis in lung, bowel, breast and prostate cancers. Ultimately, it is hoped that the work being undertaken by Medical Detection Dogs will assist in the development of a cost effective, non-invasive and early cancer detection screening system which GP’s will be able to use quickly and easily in their surgeries.
This is pioneering work which, as dog lovers in the SGRS, we are proud to support. Please keep an eye open on the Society’s Facebook page or Website for Society fund raising activities that you can support. And if you have the opportunity of raising monies for the charity through your own endeavours please do so and send your contribution to the Society Treasurer, Valerie Hogg with a note saying how you raised the money. Your fund raising idea could possibly be used elsewhere.
Over the last 5 years a total of £28,000 has been donated by the Society to the Charity.
Fundraising events start with the the Society’s Fun day at the Community Centre at Five Oak Green, Kent where 50% of the day’s proceeds will be donated to Medical Detection Dogs.
If you have any fundraising ideas for the Society to consider, please contact the Society Fund Raiser David Wimsett on 01732 822954 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.