Caring for Pets with Cancer: The Riedel & Cody Fund

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When Mark Tillinger and David Duchemin lost their beloved dogs Riedel and Cody to cancer, they wanted to provide support to others whose pets were threatened by this devastating disease. Mark contacted us to help form an organization that would offer options to those faced with a pet’s cancer diagnosis.  Pullman & Comley attorneys handled all of the legal aspects of forming a public charity named for their two pets:  The Riedel and Cody Fund, Inc.  Our work included drafting all of the legal documents to form the organization; filing a Form 1023 to establish its tax-exempt status; drafting corporate policies; advising the board of directors on corporate governance practices; developing the privacy policy for the Fund’s website; and registering the organization in Connecticut and New York to solicit funds.  The Fund’s mission is to provide financial support to those needing assistance with the expenses associated with treating a pet with cancer. It also provides a community that assists with emotional support as well as up-to-date oncologic information for anyone whose pet has cancer. This mission is supported by the RCF Financial Aid Fund and through services provided on the RCF website,