Luca Fund for FIP Research
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FROM THE HEART
The story behind the Luca Fund: read a personal note from Maria S. Bonino. >>
Many times, I’ve been asked: Why did I get involved in the FIP field? Why did I decided to launch the EndFIP® global initiative and found the Luca Fund for FIP Research?
In the past, I’ve answered those questions providing full and lengthy details but during a recent trip to Los Angeles when I finally gathered the strength to visit the veterinary clinic where Luca transitioned on October 5, 2013, it all became very clear. Whilst in the room where Luca took his last breath, and at the same time, I felt the air escaping my lungs and the walls caving in on me. Now, a few years later and with a different perspective I realized the answer simply is: because I do not want any other cat nor his/her human family to experience what Luca and I endured during those 25 finals days of his life.
After losing Luca to the dry form of the disease, I decided to dedicate myself to help find a solution and upon conducting extensive research decided to support FIP research at the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine due to their unparalleled history in the feline viral field and the fact that past, as well as on-going FIP research, is conducted humanely without the use of laboratory cats.
The Luca Fund for FIP Research was announced on October 5, 2018 from Assisi, Italy as part of the launch of the EndFIP® global initiative.
Losing Luca was shattering. I’ve never experienced that profound grief before even though I’ve loved and lost many times in the past. It took a long time to come to terms with what had happened to Luca and the unfairness of it all. FIP marked my life and left a devastating emptiness which can only be filled by being involved and doing what I can to help find permanent solutions to end FIP and help those touched by this dreadful and insidious disease.
Help us accomplish our goals. Your donation is both needed and appreciated. The Luca Fund for FIP Research is committed to exclusively support research that does not use laboratory cats and does not conduct experimental infection of healthy cats with a deadly virus. Help us end FIP, so that one day, no one will have to go through the pain of losing their cherished cat to a disease that has claimed so many for so long.
Gratefully yours, Maria
"If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals."
Ethical, cruelty-free research only. No direct or indirect use of laboratory cats. No experimental infection of healthy cats with a deadly virus.
THE GLOBAL ENDFIP® INITIATIVE
luca fund for fip research
The Luca Fund for FIP research is a special fund of the American Alumni of the University of Glasgow established in 2018 to accept tax-deductible donations for FIP research. The Luca Fund exclusively supports ethical, cruelty-free research and does not and will never fund, directly or indirectly, any research that uses laboratory cats or infects healthy cats with a deadly virus.
the endfip® project
The EndFIP® project was created with the purpose of promoting knowledge amongst cat lovers, breeders and rescuers about Feline Coronavirus and FIP. The EndFIP® website is a place where people can come to learn the latest news on FIP prevention, treatment and most importantly progress in the goal of eradicating FCoV, the virus that causes FIP.
Founded in 1451, Glasgow is one of the world’s great universities, the fourth oldest in the U.K, and from the beginning the leadership encouraged global interaction with the “best” irrespective of location. This vision has determined the future direction and eminence of the Glasgow Veterinary School for the rest of the 20th Century and into the 21st century.