Have you ever participated in a walk for cancer, say the Avon Two-Day or Three-Day or the Y-Me or how about the Susan G. Komen Walk? I have done all of these but never one that I could take my favorite four-legged best pal with me. I feel that I have been missing something all of this time!
So plan on it – mark Saturday, October 1st at 9:00 AM until noon in Highland Park’s Sunset Woods Park. Then pack up your best pooch friend early on Saturday and take a morning stroll that will benefit the following: you, your health, your dog, your dog’s health, friends (if you invite them) and of course, those with cancer!
This cancer walk is the first of its kind; the first annual Canine Cancer Walk. This event was created to raise funds and awareness for canine cancer. Did you know that canine cancer is the number one cause of death in dogs over the age of two years?
This one-mile “paws to the pavement” event around Sunset Woods Park will begin right at 9:00. There will also be raffles for both the dogs in your life plus people-centric items. There will also be canine health activists and merchants featuring data on canine cancer prevention, wellness, cancer research and cancer treatments for your pooch. You will be able to discuss with the professionals present how you, as a good dog owner, can advocate for your pet’s health and well-being.
Did you even realize that cancer is running rampant in dogs these days? Part of the reason that the Glencoe Animal Hospital and Lincolnshire Animal Hospital, as well as the Home At Last Animal Sanctuary are sponsoring this event is to raise awareness – and of course to raise money for the cause. This grass roots effort can seriously be appreciated. Sara Grogman, DVM, of the Glencoe Animal Hospital stated that the percentage of dogs that are dying from cancer is simply astonishing and that is why a program like the one offered at the University of Wisconsin’s Vet School are essential in the battle for pet cancer. Better testing and early detection are being concentrated on.
Can you believe that more than six million dogs will be diagnosed with cancer each year just in the U.S. alone according to the National Cancer Institute? Then fifty percent of the dogs 10 years old or older actually die from cancer. Dogs between the ages of five and 12 are more likely to contract lymphoma. The breeds most at risk are the following: Basset Hounds, Boxers, Cocker Spaniels, Fox Terriers, German Shepherds, Golden and Labrador Retrievers, Rottweilers and Scottish Terriers.
Mimi Lutwak, the founder of Home At Last Animal Sanctuary is the presenter of this event. Mimi is best friends with Cupcake, a two-year old Pit Bull Terrier. She rescued Cupcake from the Tails of Hope in Highland Park.
Mimi believes that, “Dog owners truly view their pets as a member of the family and are universally devastated by an untimely loss of their trusted companion. Many dog owners are unaware how prevalent cancer is in dogs and the steps that can be taken to lessen the chance of contracting the disease.”
All of the proceeds raised by this event will be donated to the University of Wisconsin’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Their Animal Cancer Treatment Program is there to promote the philosophy of improving the quality of life while utilizing the most advanced techniques to treat cancer.
You can get more information on this great new grass roots event, including being able to fill out the advanced registration form and retrieve the donation information. Please visit: www.caninecancerwalk.com.