Project Hearts-N-Tails

by Canines-N-Kids Foundation
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Project Hearts-N-Tails
Project Hearts-N-Tails
Project Hearts-N-Tails
Project Hearts-N-Tails
Project Hearts-N-Tails


Children and our canine best friends develop a number of the same devastating cancers, and for neither is there sufficient investment into new medicines or a cure. This project will bring smiles and comfort to kids entering cancer treatment away from familiar comforts to provide them with a special children's book and stuffed dog to be with them during treatment, while raising awareness of lifesaving comparative cancer research that can help CRUSH CANCER AT BOTH ENDS OF THE LEASH!

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Not only do kids & man's best friend develop many of the same, devastating cancers, but childhood and canine cancers are vastly underfunded and overlooked areas in the broader field of cancer research. In addition, kids who are in treatment are often removed from all that provides them comfort, including their homes, friends, families and pets. Young siblings are also dealing with a family upended by cancer, often unintentionally overlooked, and having to be shuffled amid competing priorities.


Project Hearts-N-Tails will help kids entering treatment (& siblings) better understand their journey through an educational illustrated children's book told through the eyes of a therapy dog, provide a matching stuffed dog "friend" to accompany them, and to bring them and their families together with therapy dog groups at special events designed to bring smiles during a difficult time. The books and events will also raise awareness of lifesaving comparative research to beat shared cancers.

Long-Term Impact

This project also aims to bring critically-needed attention to the important collaborations in translational and comparative research that we are fostering, between pediatric and veterinary researchers, and which also need additional funding. We are beginning with cancer centers identified who have alignments also with veterinary schools and active pediatric and veterinary oncology research collaborations. The goal is to expand this program nationally to more than twenty centers

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a XLSX file (projdoc.xlsx).


Organization Information

Canines-N-Kids Foundation

Location: South Riding, VA - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @CNKFoundation
Canines-N-Kids Foundation
Ulrike Szalay
Project Leader:
Ulrike Szalay
South Riding, VA United States

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