Since ClancysCure was founded in 2015, over 140 families have contributed to our efforts to move the mark on canine cancer research.  Please take a moment to read this summary of the continuing and inspiring efforts at Cornell that ClancysCure is proud to support.

ClancysCure was founded on September 10, 2015 in memory of our beloved dog, Clancy, a golden retriever who died of Hemangiosarcoma on June 9, 2015 .  Our goal is to fund an endowment that will support canine cancer research at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.  Our mission is to raise awareness of canine cancer in all its forms, and serve as an informational resource for our fellow dog lovers. 

Our Story

It all began during Easter Weekend in 2014.  My wife, Barbara, mentioned a story in the local newspaper about two Golden Retrievers (Chase, 11 and Clancy, 8) who needed a new home.  They belonged to the Monsignor of the local church, who was moving to a nursing home and couldn't take the dogs with him.  Since Chase and Clancy were brothers and had always lived together, they also had to be adopted together.  Literally within several minutes after hearing of their predicament, we were on the phone to initiate the adoption process.  Soon after, we officially became their new adoptive parents.


Although Barbara and I both grew up with dogs, this was a first during our married lives.  Chase and Clancy had a profound and immediate impact on our lives.  They soon became the center of our universe.  The bond we formed was instant and truly very special.


Unfortunately, our time with Clancy, the younger of the two, was limited.  On June 9, 2015 we lost him to cancer.  His death was sudden, totally unexpected and completely devastating.  The cancer, known as Hemangiosarcoma, is an aggressive type of tumor that typically originates in the heart, liver or spleen and then spreads rapidly through the blood vessels.  As it did in Clancy's situation, the tumor can rupture, leading to sudden and severe hemorrhaging and rapid death. 


As a tribute to Clancy's memory and the incredible gift he gave us, we founded ClancysCure in partnershp with Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Cornell is a leader in cancer research and 100% of the funds raised will be used to establish an endowment that will forever support and advance the fight against this dreadful disease.  Together, we can and we will help our 4-legged family members lead long, healthy and cancer free lives.


Barbara and I sincerely appreciate your support.

William M. Gorgas, Founder and CEO

Barbara J. Davis, President & COO






Clancy after his last swim in the ocean. 

        Clancy and Chase on July 4th, 2014

Partner & Cancer Research Advisory Board