With the addition of our new Oncology wing at VETMED, we’ve become increasingly aware of the many lives touched by cancer, both human and canine. Because of this, we want to shine the spotlight on The Puppy Up Foundation, an incredibly deserving organization making efforts to raise awareness and research funds to discover the causes of cancers and their common link in both pets and people.
Two Million Dogs
After the loss of his Great Pyrenees, Malcolm, to cancer, former businessman Luke Robinson set out with his other two dogs, Hudson and Murphy, on a cross-country journey to spread the word about cancer.
They walked from town to town sharing Malcolm’s story and educating people about cancer in dogs. When they arrived in Boston from Austin on their final mile of the trek, Robinson noticed Murphy had a snotty nose, which they thought was from the long trip. Sadly, it was a sign of something much worse. Within a few weeks, Murphy was diagnosed with nasal cancer, and his tumor was inoperable. He passed on June 22, 2011.
“When Malcolm was first diagnosed it just changed me and I knew that my life would never be the same,” Robinson told People Magazine. “After the loss of Murphy, we just felt like we needed to get back on the road to continue our mission of education and awareness.”
Despite his heartbreak, Mr. Robinson had a vision: 2,000,000 dogs walking simultaneously all across the United States to raise awareness about cancer. After all, if two dogs could walk over 2,000 miles, surely it was possible! The result was a nationwide grassroots movement, which led to The Puppy Up Foundation.
The Puppy Up Foundation
The Puppy Up Foundation is committed to discovering the common links between canine and human cancers and the causes of these cancers through comparative oncology research.
The organization plans to accomplish this mission in the following ways:
- Education and awareness
- Empowerment and mobilization
- Investment in research
If you, like so many out there, have been touched by cancer, get involved. Check out The Puppy Up Foundation’s upcoming events and sign up for a walk, or make a fully-deductible charitable contribution on their DONATION page >
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