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Drug Developed at U of MN Increases Survival in Dogs with Cancer

The University of Minnesota recently published significant results involving a breakthrough trial which demonstrated improved survival rates for dogs diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma (HSA). (See the article in Molecular Cancer Therapeutics).

Emma - Sarcoma survivor dog

Canine HSA is a vascular cancer (involving blood vessels) and is very similar to angiosarcoma in humans. Both cancers are aggressive and spread before diagnosis, typically with devastating results.

The study used the UMN-developed drug eBAT which simultaneously targets the tumor and its vascular system. Results showed a substantial six-month survival rate for the 23 dogs in the study, with five dogs surviving beyond 450 days. The study also determined a dose of eBAT that allowed effective treatment with substantially fewer side effects.

The researchers believe the study’s positive results, along with the similarities between HSA and angiosarcoma in humans, make a strong case for potential clinical trials for human cancer patients.

Rein in Sarcoma was one of many funding sources for this research. See the announcement of 2017 RIS sarcoma research grants to the University of Minnesota.

For more details on the research study see the University of Minnesota press release. You can also view a KARE11 logo segment featuring this story.

Party in the Park Volunteers – Get Involved Now!

2017 Party in the Park Kick-off

Join us for the 2017 Party in the Park Kickoff Meeting!

All who are interested in volunteering are encouraged to attend the 2017 Party in the Park Kickoff meeting and celebration on Tuesday, March 14. We have a great evening planned:

For the first time ever, we are holding this meeting at Summit Brewing Company in St. Paul. The Signature Cafe food truck will be available from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., along with a free beer or root beer. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. There is also a free brewery tour at 6:00 p.m. So, be sure to sign up for a fun and productive evening! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

Silent Auction Committee Dinner Meeting – March 29

One of the specific sub-committees already getting in full gear is the Auction Committee. Chair, Jason Patalonis will be hosting a dinner meeting on Wednesday, March 29. For more information.

The Auction Committee needs YOU!

We've already begun work to ensure a fantastic Silent Auction at the 2017 Party in the Park. There are lots of ways to get involved and participate to make the auction a success. A primary task is identifying and obtaining great items for the auction, so if you have a large social network, love personal interaction and aren’t afraid of rejection- this is for you.

We also need people to go online and request donations from corporate sites- great if you want to work from home. Anyone with savvy computer skills is welcome to work on printing bid sheets and display placards. Volunteers will be needed to stage the auction on July 20th. And of course there is lots to do the day of, as we load and unload the auction truck, set up, run and break down the auction. If you are interested or have questions please call Jason Patalonis at 651.221.0273 and bring a friend!

An auction planning meeting and dinner has been planned for Wednesday the 29th of March at 6:15 p.m. Please RSVP to Jason Patalonis via [email address="" link_text="email"]. Location: Jason’s house 506 Portland Avenue St. Paul, MN 55102

All our welcome but come prepared to share ideas, brainstorm and roll up your sleeves and get to work.

Jason Patalonis

Jason Patalonis -caterer extrordinaire

Jason's dessert creations

Jason's dessert creations

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