The Zeke Cancer Fund
FC/AFC Mioak’s Smoke’n Zeke was a once in a lifetime dog. With a “just show me what you want” attitude in training and when running in field trial competition, this special Golden owned by Bill and Mary Glenn set a record for Goldens that may never be equaled. While still a young dog, he qualified for six National Championships and was a finalist at the June,1994 National Amateur Field Trial. The joy of that win was cut short when, at the end of August that same year, Zeke was diagnosed with lymphoma. He was only 5 ½ years of age.
Zeke initially responded well to chemotherapy. That autumn he hunted the golden fields of the high plains with Bill and Mary, rousting pheasants and sage hens on their way to the St. Louis National Open Retriever Championship. One month later, in December, 1994, Zeke succumbed to the disease that he could no longer battle.
Zeke’s death is tragically not unique. Goldens of all ages are diagnosed with a variety of cancers at alarming rates. In recognition of this disturbing trend, Bill and Mary donated $10,000 to the Golden Retriever Foundation® in 1999 to establish a canine cancer research fund in memory of their beloved Zeke. In making their gift, they stated, “Cancer in Goldens is a very important issue for us, and we hope this donation may encourage others to join us in funding research.”
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