Lafora fundraisers present £2000 cheque to Dr. Berge Minassian

Fundraisers from the LaforaDogs Support Group met Dr. Berge Minassian when he visited Fitzpatrick Referrals recently and handed over a cheque for £2000 to help his research. The cheque was presented by Pat Debley who has two Mini Wire Dachshunds (Daisy and Bertie) that suffer from Lafora Disease.

You can read more about LaforaDogs Fundraising and make a donation here.

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Special thanks must also go to Gill Key, Vanessa Bednarz, Nikki Janman, Alison Unsworth and Elaine Brechin, who along with Pat Debley oversee the LaforaDogs Fund and work hard to raise funds.

Laforadogs raises money for several purposes:

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To support research into both canine and human Lafora by the team at the Toronto Hospital for Sick Kids



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To promote and raise awareness of Lafora in the UK and beyond (postage, printing, website maintenance etc.). Pet buyers have a significant role to play in encouraging breeders to take responsible breeding decisions. See also Buying a Mini Wire Dachshund


To offer financial assistance to owners of dogs that are, or may be suffering from Lafora, including help with medication, testing and travel costs  (contact us at for more information)


WHDC logoTo support subsidised testing run by the Wirehaired Dachshund Club in the UK. This programme enables any dachshund owner in the UK to have their dog tested before breeding or if they suspect it may be affected and is a vital part of the campaign to ensure that no puppy born in the future will suffer the symptoms of Lafora.


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