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A New Race. A New Life.

In January 2017, Prison Greyhounds brought 11 retired racing greyhounds from Daytona Beach up to Indianapolis for adoption. The cost to safely transport these ex-racers was funded through a Tony Stewart Foundation Grant. Four of the greyhounds have been placed in Putnamville Correctional Facility, Greencastle, Indiana. Their inmate-handlers will spend 2 months teaching them basic house manners prior to adoption. Like any retired greyhound racer, they just need someone to transition them from a racing professional to a family pet.The other seven greyhounds went either directly to pre-approved adopters or have landed softly with a foster family. Of these eleven greyhounds, four retired with racing injuries known as “repaired fractures” meaning they were fully healed when we took them into our [...]

CSU Veterinarians Help Bring Groundbreaking Cancer Drug to Market

Through its clinical trials for animal patients, Colorado State University helped prove the usefulness of the first drug approved by the FDA for treatment of canine lymphoma, a breakthrough in veterinary oncology that promises new hope for pet dogs with this common type of cancer. “Across the board, we saw some positive activity in up to 80 percent of all the lymphoma patients that were treated with this medication,” said Dr. Doug Thamm, a veterinarian and cancer researcher who led clinical trials at CSU’s Flint Animal Cancer Center. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that the lymphoma drug, Tanovea-CA1, is approved for use in canine patients and will be available to veterinarians nationwide this spring. This [...]

2016 TSF Grant Partners Announced

The Tony Stewart Foundation announced its TSF Grant Partners for 2016 awarding $408,000 to 56 outstanding organizations serving children, animals and drivers injured in the sport of racing. "Competition was fierce for the 2016 grant cycle,” stated Pam Boas, treasurer of the Board of Directors. “We continue to be in awe of the outstanding programs and services being provided by dedicated staff and volunteers to make life just a bit better for these kids and animals.” Learn more about the 2016 TSF Grant Partners by clicking Grant Accelerator, Tony’s Crew or Board Grants under the Grant tab.

Congress Passes 21st Century Cures Act, Boosting Research and Easing Drug Approvals

Congress passed sweeping legislation Wednesday that boosts funding for medical research, eases the development and approval of experimental treatments and reforms federal policy on mental health care. The 94 to 5 Senate vote Wednesday followed a 392 to 26 House vote last week. The bill, known as the 21st Century Cures Act, now heads to the desk of President Obama, who praised the bill Wednesday and said he would sign it. The bill provides for $4.8 billion in new funding for the National Institutes of Health; of that, $1.8 billion is reserved for the “cancer moonshot” launched by Vice President Biden to accelerate research in that field. Another $1.6 billion is earmarked for brain diseases including Alzheimer’s. Also included are [...]

Sick Dogs Could Be Key to Unlocking Mysteries of Immunotherapy

People and dogs share some cancer-causing genetic mutations. Now the government is funding an effort to learn from that. Novel cancer drugs that harness an individual’s own immune system to fight cancer are showing incredible promise in some patients, but researchers don’t fully understand why these immunotherapies work for some people and not others. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health say they need animal models that imitate the human immune system to study the effects of these drugs. This week an advisory committee at the National Cancer Institute at NIH said it will start a new program in 2017 to study experimental immunotherapies in dogs with cancer. The National Cancer Institute has been performing clinical trials in dogs since [...]

Feeling Stressed? Try a Therapy Dog

There are lots of reasons you might be stressed out this time of year: the holidays, post-election angst, and for students, soon it will be finals. One Utah group is trying to relieve some of that stress. And to do it, they're using dogs. At the school of social work on the University of Utah campus, streams of students are passing through the lobby. Three of them stop when they see a big, curly haired puppy with a jingle bell collar. "This is Harper. She’s a year and a half golden doodle," says Jeannine Thalman. Thalman is Harper’s owner and a dog handler with Therapy Animals of Utah. They’re on campus this week to try to help lower the stress [...]

Furry Friends Improve Reading

Cosmo, a little white Havanese and certified therapy dog, joins children at the Virginia Shuman Young Elementary School (Oakland Park, FL) as part of the Pack Reader Program provided through TSF Grant Partner Canine Assisted Therapy. CAT is best known for providing therapy teams visiting hospitals and nursing homes but this fabulous nonprofit also reaches a younger audience with its educational outreach. Therapy dog Cosmo has been volunteering his time for the past 7 years at schools and libraries in the area. He is an excellent listener and provides a non-judgmental and calming presence in the classroom. Children are developing a love for reading and increasing their self-confidence all thanks to Cosmo's hard work! Way to go Cosmo and [...]

#ChooseKind Headed to Hollywood

The Children's Craniofacial Association, based in Texas, empowers and gives hope to children affected with facial differences. Through their #ChooseKind Wonder initiative, Real-Life Auggies reached 4,500 students in 50 schools throughout the United States. Talk about breaking down barriers to help children embrace the heart of an individual rather than be exclusionary because of how someone looks! And, the good news keeps coming as the book Wonder is being adapted for a major motion picture expected to hit the silver screen in April 2017. Julia Roberts plays the role of Auggie's mom, Owen Wilson plays his dad and the role of Auggie is Jacob Tremblay (Vancouver, British Columbia). Jacob and his entire family joined the CCA Retreat in Ft. [...]

Resource Guides for Families Fighting Cancer

September was Childhood Cancer Awareness month but for children and families enduring the realities of cancer and its treatment, every month and every day brings questions along with hope and healing. Childhood Cancer Guides is a small nonprofit dedicated to providing resources to families through their Childhood Cancer Guides. Distributed by numerous hospitals and support groups, the books are reviewed by experts and are "chock-full" of practical and poignant stories from parents, kids with cancer and their siblings. Their newest guide - Childhood Cancer: A Parent's Guide to Solid Tumor Cancers - was just released and received a starred review by the Library Journal - LINK: http://bit.ly/2d25Xb4. LEARN MORE ABOUT CHILDHOOD CANCER GUIDES NOW

152 mph Hands Free at Indy

Conquer Paralysis Now – a global project of the Sam Schmidt Foundation – is an outstanding TSF Grant Partner. This Memorial Day weekend marks the 100th running of the famed Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. On May 23rd, Sam had two huge thrills – his race team claimed the pole through driver James Hinchcliffe and then Sam completed his own four laps of the famed oval without touching the steering wheel. Learn more about Sam and the truly amazing research & development underway to “help cure paralysis”.   By: David Malsher, US Editor, 2016-05-23 Yesterday Sam Schmidt saw James Hinchcliffe claim his team’s second Indy 500 pole. But no less significant were Sam’s own four laps of IMS, resetting the [...]