Young Cancer Victim Loses Fight To Survive Cancer

zach sobiech

But, he has left a lasting legacy with his song, Clouds, and through his strong will to overcome a life taking challenge.

Here’s a video of one of his performances:

Inspiration From Young Victim Of Cancer

and here is a link to a FoxNews story about Zach.

2 Million Dogs — Puppy Up New Mexico!


This past Saturday I met Sue Smith from Albuquerque during Edgewood’s first annual Woofstock.  Ms. Smith intrigued me when she spoke to me about a canine cancer project in which she is involved.  I asked her if she would send information which I could post here and she agreed to do so.

Just before I posted this I received additional information from Ms. Smith regarding this and future events:

Right now I and a handful of volunteers ARE in New Mexico…and we are looking to grow the cause. It is my hope to do some other types of dog events in the Winter (perhaps a Winter Ball)  and Spring and for that I would love more input and a wider sweep. We will have a planning session probably the beginning of November to discuss these  possibilities as well as maybe doing some collaborations with the American Cancer Society,
I guess for now the process for this year is to have anyone interested in perhaps marketing the current Event by hanging posters or talking to your local groups (like Seniors, Cancer Survivors, Exercise Clubs) to contact me and I will provide fliers handouts and information. We also would love any volunteers willing to come to Rotary Park on the day of the Event to help out, we would feed them and be sure they get a tshirt…they should also contact me ahead of time.
For the future, to help plan other events and have an opportunity to help shape the 2012 Puppy Up, I suggest contacting me with full information including areas of experience and interest. I will acknowledge and thank at this point but will not be able to focus on that type of planning timeline until after September 25th Walk (which is thundering at us in 4 weeks)!  I have pasted Ms. Smith’s phone number and email address just below:

Yesterday, I received the information found below and I am pleased to post all that was sent by Ms. Smith.  Please follow the links you’ll find in the post so that you may learn all possible about the project and the relationship between cancer in canines and cancer in humans.  Below you will find details of how the project came to be and additional pertinent information.

It began with a promise to raise awareness of canine cancer one mile, one city, and one person at a time. Luke Robinson, with his two dogs, walked 2000 miles from Austin to Boston to fulfill the promise he made to his dog Malcolm who died from this horrible disease.

Now that their 2000 mile walk is over, they need your help to continue fulfilling the promise. 2 Million Dogs was formed on the premise that if 2 dogs can walk 2000 miles to bring awareness to canine cancer and comparative oncology, then 2 million dogs should be able to walk 2 miles.

We are currently planning a series of Puppy Up! Walks in cities across America, including Bernalillo, New Mexico. The funds raised from these events will be used to fund canine cancer and comparative oncology research, particularly focusing on the causal relationship between infections, immune response, and cancer. We are in the early stages of our process as we are currently looking for research partners and raising monies to fund the study.

Research has shown us that dogs and humans get the same types of cancers. If we study already existing cancers in our canine companions, we can help develop not only better treatments for them, but also better treatments for humans as well. Because these studies will also help reduce the cost of treatment for the animals involved, more people will be able to afford to have their companions treated for this deadly disease.

Be a part of this historical event. Puppy Up! against cancer and help us make these events successful by sponsoring the walk in your city.

2 Million Dogs 2 Miles, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization which relies on the generosity of individuals and corporations to help in its mission to eradicate cancer through investing in comparative oncology studies. Additional information on the inspiration behind this organization can be found at:

The inspiration

Do you know that cancer is the number one natural cause of death in dogs over the age of 2?  One out of four will fight the battle, and it affects dogs of all ages, including puppies.  Luke Robinson and his Great Pyrenees Murphy (9-years-old) and Hudson (4-years-old) walked across the USA for the past two years to raise awareness of canine and human cancer. 

Luke sold his belongings, packed up his tent and they started walking in March of 2008 from Austin, TX to Boston, MA.  They walked 2000 miles to honor his first Great Pyrenees, Malcolm, who lost a hard-fought battle with osteosarcoma and to raise awareness of the similarities between canine and human cancers.

The journey

Luke and the boys walked through rain storms, snow storms and heat waves – carrying everything they need in packs on their backs and camping along the way in a pup tent.  When they did stop, Luke and the boys attended events, helped out at local shelters and met with veterinarians.  They met thousands of people and their pets during their walk.  Along the way, people opened their homes, and their hearts, to the three of them. 

Their journey ended on June 19th, 2010 and just a few weeks later Luke’s traveling companion Murphy was diagnosed with Nasal Cancer. Murphy lost his battle on June 20, 2011 after a valiant fight.

We encourage you to be a part of the Puppy Up! Walk in your area. 2MillionDogs Puppy Up! New Mexico! Will be held on September 25, 2011 at Rotary Park in Bernalillo.

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Is The Message Scrambled


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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

Quote Freely From The Article – Leave The Pseudonym Alone

In, Egg on Their Faces, Steven Malanga writing for City Journal breaks the yolk of the government’s nutrition studies and the recommendations made as a result of those studies.  It is enough to cause one to slather a hamburger patty or a marbled steak all over his or her pudgy body.

Mr. Malanga’s revelations, or assertions pokes a carving knife in the government’s attack on meat  or other potentially fat protein.  Since I like food of any derivation (so far in my limited experience, at least) let’s see what Malanga has to say:

Every five years, the federal Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services revise their Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a publication that sets the direction for federal nutrition-education programs. In an age when aggressive government agencies in places like New York City seek a greater hand in shaping Americans’ diets, the next set of guidelines, published later this year, could prove more controversial than usual because increasing scientific evidence suggests that some current federal recommendations have simply been wrong. Will a public-health establishment that has been slow to admit its mistakes over the years acknowledge the new research and shift direction? Or will it stubbornly stick to its obsolete guidelines?

In his introduction above, Malanga asserts, informs and in the last sentence, asks a question most of us can answer if we look to the government’s record in dealing with such matters.  They will stick to their guns and disregard any study which disagrees with their own work … whether real work or just “make work.”  Habits in government are difficult to break and for the past three decades or more, Americans have been asked to take a detour from the greasy road of burgers, chops and other such.  But let’s see what else surfaces in Malanga’s article:

As a recent review of the latest research in Scientific American pointed out, ever since the first set of federal guidelines appeared in 1980, Americans heard that they had to reduce their intake of saturated fat by cutting back on meat and dairy products and replacing them with carbohydrates. Americans dutifully complied. Since then, obesity has increased sharply, and the progress that the country has made against heart disease has largely come from medical breakthroughs like statin drugs, which lower cholesterol, and more effective medications to control blood pressure.

It is plain (maybe) there is a small disconnect in the paragraph above.  The government never counted on “super-size me” and other such personal, some might say, “selfish indulgence” as a new American eating experience, but the experience did develop and probably had much to do with our floppy bellies and fallen arches visited upon up from the sheer weight of our dining experiences.  Anyhow, according to Mr. Malanga, harder questions are being asked by researchers:

…In an analysis of the daily food intake of some 350,000 people published in the March issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute found no link between the amount of saturated fat that a person consumed and the risk of heart disease. One reason, the researchers speculate, is that saturated fat raises levels of so-called good, or HDL, cholesterol, which may offset an accompanying rise in general cholesterol. A few weeks later, researchers at Harvard released their own analysis of data from 20 studies around the world, concluding that those who eat four ounces of fresh (not processed) red meat every day face no increased risk of heart disease.

More findings or report on findings can be found in the rest of Mr. Malanga’s article.  So read the other several paragraphs and learn neither meats nor carbohydrates  are necessarily poison to our long-term health, but it is important as to type and tailoring to meet our needs.  We leave you with the last paragraph of the article:

As increasingly sophisticated medicine focuses on tailoring therapies to individual needs, sweeping public pronouncements on health have become outdated at best and dangerous at worst. The best advice that government can give citizens is to develop their own diet and exercise regimes, adapted to their own physical circumstances after consultation with their doctors.

Click on this link for more of the article and don’t forget the supplemental links provided below.  Thanks and a flap of the cap to Mr. Malanga.