Hunter Jumper Foundation Assists Farrier Through Emergency Relief
1, 2003 -- WEST BOYLSTON, Massachusetts -- The American Hunter Jumper
Foundation (AHJF) recently granted Dennis Wilk, a well-respected
farrier in Ohio, a $2,500 disbursement from the AHJF Emergency Relief
year old Wilk was diagnosed last fall with Multiple Myeloma. This
extremely rare form of bone marrow cancer is similar to leukemia.
Although there is no cure for Multiple Myeloma, there are treatments
which can send it into remission and extend life substantially --
perhaps for as long as a decade or more. Horseshoeing is a very
strenuous occupation, and this disease robs its victims of all strength
and energy. For this reason, and the months of aggressive chemotherapy
that Dennis must undergo, it is expected that he will be unable
to work for at least a year.
longtime friend, Jeni Hren-Gaffney, D.V.M., organized a very successful
silent auction and fundraiser to assist Dennis, his wife Barb and
their six-year-old son, Steven. Almost $30,000 was raised as a result
of the fundraiser and a bank fund! Cathy Bibbs-Cornell created a
website to keep Dennis's many friends and well-wishers updated about
his condition. The website also greatly enhanced the fundraising
efforts. She describes Dennis as having a "wonderfully witty,
magnanimous and gregarious personality, in addition to his exceptional
skill as a farrier."
wife, Barb, is overwhelmed by the support and assistance from the
horse community. "We are so grateful for everything people
have done for us. The magnitude of help is just incredible."
she says. "And the AHJF making a disbursement to Dennis was
truly the icing on the cake."
its establishment in 1995, the AHJF Emergency Relief Fund has become
one of the most important and visible programs of the foundation.
Through this program the AHJF has assisted dozens of horse people
in a wide variety of situations. The Fund relies on donations for
the financial support it gives to individuals and families involved
in the industry. The AHJF Board reviews emergency situations which
are brought to their attention, and approves distributions according
to the Fund's guidelines and the particular needs of the recipient.
Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the AHJF Emergency
Relief Fund to help fellow horsemen like Dennis. Call 508-835-8813
or e-mail email@example.com.
& photo by Diana De Rosa, Press
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