Three years ago, I saved a cat and her six kittens from basically a crack den. A few months later, one kitten very suddenly got ill and died. Her sister got ill afterwards, but that vet found FeLV and treated what symptoms she could. That kitten got another 14 months of good life.
When it all happened, I was told in no uncertain terms by those I helped save the cats that no, the mother was not the source, or they would all be dead or infected. Two years later, I noticed the mother (whom I kept) had unequal pupil sizes that differed a lot. The vet (not the same who saved the kitten) said she was completely fine, but due to her history and, yes, looking it up online (the pupil thing is one symptom of FeLV), I requested a FeLV test, though the vet felt it was unnecessary. She, of course, was wrong.
Long story short, the mother has FeLV. She has no real symptoms and is as lively as any other cat, and has been for the three year she has been here, plus however long she was at the crack den. Somehow, she is an immune 'sufferer' of the disease.
I was wondering if she could be beneficial to research into a cure or treatment for FeLV? She has no contact with non-vaccinated cats and is actually vaccinated after the kittens died, but if she could pass the ability of living just fine with the disease on to others, it could save a lot of lives. I just don't know how or if she can be of help.