Many dog breeds carry the genetic markers for Batten Disease.  Because canines and humans share much of the same genome, research on canine disease applies to people as well.  Research is currently underway to help dogs and children with Batten Disease live longer, healthier lives. 
In their relentless pursuit of a cure, BDSRA is sponsoring Barkin' for Batten, a charity dog walk, on May 22nd at Hannah Park in Gahanna.  If you live in central Ohio, whether you own a dog or not, we'd love to see you there.  Registration begins at 10:00am and the dog walk begins at 11:00am.  For more details, or to pre-register for the walk, please visit the Barkin' for Batten website.
No matter how stubborn her little body is against the disease, Celia will not survive.  No matter how willful families like ours are in fighting for a cure, we can't find it, or fund it, alone.  No matter how tenacious scientists are in their search, they need support.
Financial support is appreciated, but it's people who change people's lives.  People, and their pets.  Come walk with us, if you're able.


Last weekend the Beads for Batten event raised over $2000 in funds for infantile research, all of which will be matched, dollar for dollar, through the Emma's Hugs Challenge Grant (see sidebar).  
In addition to the bead sale, on Monday, May 3rd from 4:00 to 9:00 pm, 15% of each dinner bill at Bob Evans Restaurant (Rio Grande, Ohio) will be donated to BDSRA.  To participate, diners must present a coupon.


Kate said...

I am working nights this weekend. But if anyone wants to take Sebi, I'll happily sponsor him...

Poppy John said...

We will be "down on the farm" at Bob Evans tonight! Would we be able to sponsor Grandma Sandy's pet monkey("Raconteur") in the walk? Just curious.
P.S. Poppy John's Helpful Hints (PJHH)#206...At parties, empty Jack Daniels bottles make excellent bowling pins...use a basketball.

Anonymous said...

I just registered myself and my dog for this event! It looks like fun, and I hope to get some friends and family to participate or donate.

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Debi said...

Know that there are many, near and far, including me that are on this journey with you and are in the battle against Batten with you.
Believing and praying for a soon cure for Batten and strength for your family.
Love and hugs and prayers,