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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 2MillionDogs.org 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: www.2dogs2000miles.org.
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.
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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