Well-known and respected dog agility trainer and competitor, Terry Simons, was devastated when his “heart and soul” dog Reveille, was diagnosed with Lymphoma in 2011. An educated dog owner, Terry did all he could for Reveille but soon discovered that even though lymphoma is one of the most common cancers in dogs, accurate information regarding options and treatment can be elusive. Terry connected with professionals that helped him choose the best path for his beloved companion. Reveille competed in dog agility throughout her treatment and in fact thrived, having the best agility year of her career. When Terry chose to let Reveille go, one year and a week after her diagnosis, he knew he was making the right decision for her. Grief can do strange things, it can destroy and it can inspire. In the case of Reveille, the realization that he may lose Reveille at any time inspired Terry to form CLEAR (Canine Lymphoma Education Awareness and Research), a 501(c)(3) cancer foundation dedicated to providing information, resources and research into the devastating disease. Reveille’s legacy is to ensure that dog owners know their options thereby being empowered advocates of their four-legged family members.
CLEAR CANINE CANCER is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of canine lymphoma through clinical research, and as a resource to dog owners interested in prevention and treatment of this devastating disease.
WHAT WE ARE DOING ABOUT IT
All our documentaries are produced with one thing in mind to create awareness of canine cancer, and to educate dog owners that there is a solution and an option for everyone. These documentaries are free… cancer education should not come with a price tag.
My Friend: Standing Strong is our latest documentary on canine bone cancer. The film is directed by the very talented Stacey M. Zipfel, who was also at the helm of My Friend: Changing the Journey and A Reason to Change. Working with Dr. Avenelle Turner of Veterinary Cancer Group and Pop Up Canine Cancer Talks with CLEAR, director Stacey brings together stories of hope and loss, bringing a raw emotion to what could be viewed as a powerful shock therapy session for animal lovers.
What if your best friend was suddenly diagnosed with cancer? How would you react? What would you do? What are the best decisions to be made for this best friend of yours? Director Stacey helps to find these answers directly from the source, the people connected to this horrible disease.
The documentary has won many awards including Best Documentary Featurette at The Los Angeles Film Awards and Best Documentary Feature at The New York Film Awards and an Honorable Mention at the Festigious International Film Festival.
“Every veterinary school should have the opportunity to present this documentary to their students, to make them aware of how important their work is, and how careful they should be not only with dogs, but also with all the wonderful animals out there.” – The Monthly Film Festival
The documentary will be released on our website March 1, 2020.
A Reason To Change made a splash at film festivals and was released on our website 6/26/2017. A Reason To Change is a collaborative effort between director Stacey Zipfel and Terry Simons. ARTC is a hybrid combination of old school MTV music video with the power of a documentary on canine and children’s cancer. Director Stacey likes to call it a documentary dipped in a music video.
The film produced by Zippery Zoo Productions, which also produced My Friend: Standing Strong includes dog lovers and supporters, Chris Durkee of 4-Legged Flix as Director of Photography and DC Creative in Burbank who supplied editing. The video tells the story of a boy and a dog, both battling cancer, who ultimately help one another through comparative oncology. The video stars Terry Simons, Brie Strohmeyer, Caroline van der Wyk, Page Jackson, Trevor Okwaho Hayes, Dr. Avenelle Turner, and introduces Jay Patriarca as the Boy and Ripper as the Dog.
Feel the Reel International Film Festival has this to say about ARTC ‘A Reason to Change’ is a game-changer in this business and we totally should keep an eye on its future path.’
We hope you enjoy our video and that it brings a greater understanding that, as the lyrics say “Together we can change the world” and together we can beat cancer.
Our first documentary, My Friend: Changing the Journey is a groundbreaking, award-winning film about canine lymphoma. My Friend: Changing the Journey, will take dog lovers on their own informative journey of awareness and hope as it weaves interviews from highly respected oncologists, veterinarians and canine care professionals throughout three inspiring stories of dogs who are battling lymphoma and in some cases even beating the disease.
You can find My Friend: Changing the Journey on our website as well as in rotation on the FidoTV network. Contact them for viewing schedule. http://fidotvchannel.com
We finished and made available a veterinarian cancer brochure to educate pet owners of the danger signs of cancer and what preventative measures you can do to help keep your dog CLEAR of cancer.
CLEAR’S RIGHT ARM
With a Mack Sennet Bathing Beauty, a 1920’s child actor and a 1970’s television icon as relatives, some would say Stacey has show business in her blood, but Stacey couldn’t be bothered with the entertainment industry until her late teens. Growing up in a then-rural suburb of Los Angeles, this painfully shy kid spent her time with horses, dogs, cats, chickens and any other critter that needed a helping hand. When she entered high school, Stacey was encouraged to take an acting class to “bring her out of her shell,” and suddenly the awkward, quiet girl’s deeply rooted creative side emerged; from that point on her life was never the same.
Stacey quickly dove into the entertainment business. She worked in small theatre productions around Los Angeles and graduated from the esteemed Joe Blasco Makeup School before landing at PM Entertainment in the domestic distribution division. While there she helped market over 70 “B-Movies” in the US and was directly involved with key art and promotion which gave her an eye towards the bigger picture of filmmaking and what is needed to grab the attention of the public.
After the passing of her father in the late 90’s, she needed a change, so she took on producing. With time and experience her credits grew to include projects for CBS and ABC, Warner Brothers, A&E, Lifetime, USA and Travel Channel. She is proud to have worked on numerous A&E Biographies and as a producer on LOOK UP IN THE SKY: THE AMAZING STORY OF SUPERMAN.
In 2006, Stacey’s career was sidelined by a health scare that resulted in emergency brain surgery. While recovering, she shifted her focus and vowed to work towards something more meaningful in life… and in her life, animals mean the world. In the months that followed, she opted for a slower pace and began to work for her equine veterinarian which further inspired her to use her creative energy to help animals.
Stacey had just begun to dip her toe back into production when she met Terry Simons. She was impressed with the bond he had with his dogs especially one by the name of Reveille. Three years later, she heard from Terry again. Terry told her about Reveille’s passing and the creation of CLEAR (Canine Lymphoma Education Awareness and Research). Terry explained his idea to produce a documentary about canine lymphoma. Stacey, who had always said, “I’m the only person in Hollywood that doesn’t want to direct.” soon ate her words and teamed up with CLEAR for her directorial debut, MY FRIEND: CHANGING THE JOURNEY. Subsequently, She formed ZipperyZoo Productions and took on the challenge of directing again with a music video for CLEAR on comparative oncology, A REASON TO CHANGE and the multi-award winning documentary about canine osteosarcoma, MY FRIEND: STANDING STRONG.
By 2015, now known ironically as “Director Stacey” became an integral part of CLEAR, creating Pop Up Canine Cancer Talks to reach the community and helping in the decision for CLEAR to expand its reach to educate owners on all canine cancers.
Stacey is excited to have found the meaningful work that she had promised herself post surgery years prior. She is looking forward to future CLEAR/ZipperyZoo collaborations to help dogs, their owners as well as the veterinarians and researchers that fight to save lives.
Stacey has a lot of future plans up her sleeve including more documentaries, scripts and animal related programming. She also continues working a few days a week with her equine vets in Santa Clarita. When she isn’t working, Stacey enjoys spending time with her family and her own animals and is now, thanks to Terry and her new puppy, learning canine agility.
WHY WE ARE HERE
Increasing awareness of canine lymphoma is the foundation of what we do. Through education we empower dog owners and through research we search for a cure.