Saturday, January 19, 2008

Meet Allison Reed

One of the cornerstones of this great country is scientific curiosity. When Sassy, her Golden Retriever, passed away from bladder cancer at age three, Allison wanted to know why. She then spent a year analyzing DNA from the tumor and isolated and cloned the suspect cancer genes.

That in of itself would be quite a story. But Allison is only thirteen years old and her research project was for a science fair. This awesome California junior high student is one of three finalists for the Outstanding Young Scientist Award selected from over 6,500 submissions statewide. You can read more about her story and watch a TV interview here.

That she turned her tragic loss into hope for a cure for cancer is truly inspirational and it embodies the spirit of 2 Dogs 2000 Miles perfectly. We look forward to following your journey, Allison. Safe travels.


joneeyu said...

Way to go Allison.Wishing you best of luck with your are truly an inspiration.

Jacki said...

Hi Allison,

I read your story and I am sorry that you lost your beloved Sassy. I am happy that you have used your loss to turn it into something positive by investigating what caused Sassy's illness and are raising awareness of pet cancers. Congratulations on your science fair award and I wish you the best.


Verysupercool Sue said...

Wow Allison! That is amazing! I'm so sorry for you loss, I know how hard it is to lose such a special friend. Sassy sure was a pretty girl. Thanks for sharing your story with everyone and for inspiring others.

Gthe-Don-Win said...


I'm so sorry about your loss of Sassy. She was such a beautiful girl.

You are a remarkable young lady! For you to take it upon yourself to study the genetics behind Sassy's battle with cancer is astounding. Congratulations on your award for your scientific study of cancer. Your parents are surely proud of your endeavors.

I look forward to hearing more about you as the years go by, as I have a feeling that you are going to do great things in the area of companion cancer research and in finding a cure.

Warmest regards,
Malea Barber

YpM24 said...

Hi Allison. You're truly a gift to us all. Thank you for your dedication and being a model for us all!