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Memorial event raises funds for canine cancer
by Tribune Staff
Jul 25, 2012 | 2243 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print

RENO — Friday marks the beginning of the 12th annual Pepper/Sampson Memorial Classic Agility Trial benefitting the Morris Animal Foundation. The Women’s Sports Complex at the University of Nevada, Reno will be host several dogs displaying their agility in the battle against canine cancer.

Morris Animal Foundation, a non-profit organization that invests in science that improves animal health, is the beneficiary of the agility event that has raised more than $144,000 for canine lymphoma research to date. Lymphoma is the most common cancer affecting dogs, and event organizers Lin and Greg Battaglia hope to continue their fundraising efforts to help Morris Animal Foundation give dogs longer, healthier, cancer-free lives.

In the fall of 1999, the Battaglias’ lives were changed forever when they lost their beloved sheltie, Pepper, to lymphoma, and in 2000 they began hosting the memorial agility event to raise money for canine cancer research. Their friends Cherie and Sean Singer joined the effort two years ago after losing their Sheltie, Sampson, to lymphoma.

The two families’ passion for fighting canine cancer has rallied hundreds each year to support their effort and help fund canine cancer research. This year’s event will run begin Friday and continue through Sunday at the Women’s Sports Complex, located at 400 Manogue Road in Reno.

To learn more or to make a donation to the Pepper/Sampson Memorial Classic Fund #335, visit or call 800-243-2345. When making a donation, specify Pepper/Sampson Memorial Classic Fund #335.
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