Join the fight against canine cancer by coming out to the 3rd Annual K9 Cancer Walk & Health Fair at Elk Grove Regional Park. The Morris Animal Foundation’s Canine Cancer Walk raises funds and awareness for the Canine Cancer Campaign supporting:
New treatments – One study is a clinical trial testing rapamycin, a promising drug to fight bone cancer.
The Tumor Tissue Bank – The Pfizer-CCOGC Biospecimen Repository which includes samples of the most common cancers.
Prevention Strategies – The Morris Animal Foundation has partnered with the Golden Retriever Foundation to fund a $1 million study to research the genetic risk factors for cancer. Owners of golden retrievers diagnosed with lymphoma or hemangiosarcoma are encouraged to participate in this research by working with their veterinarian to donate a small tumor and/or blood sample. Blood samples from healthy goldens over 12 years of age are also needed. Please visit the following sites for more info on sample donation: www.breenlab.org, www.modianolab.org and www.dogdna.org. Even though this particular study focuses on goldens, the results will provide knowledge that will benefit all dog owners as these cancers affect every breed and are responsible for tens of thousands of canine deaths per year.
Training – MAF is funding programs at Colorado State University and the University of Minnesota for students who plan to become scientists specializing in cancer.
This year’s event hopes to raise $75,000. So far over $46k has been raised. Top teams include:
WAG Inc. with over $5700
Team Homeward Bound, over $5600
Golden Retrievers to the Rescue, $3600 and counting
Team Berner, over $2800
Rottweilers Forever, over $2500
Everyone is invited to come out and participate in the 3rd Annual K9 Cancer Walk. Statistics show that half of all dogs will be affected by cancer. Over 60% of golden retrievers will die of cancer.
Date: Saturday May 7, 2011
Location: Rotary Grove in Elk Grove Regional Park
9950 Elk Grove-Florin Rd.
Elk Grove, CA
Time: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
8:30 am – Registration/Check-in; Canine Health Fair
(You may register online through noon Friday, May 6. www.k9cancerwalk.org
9:30 am – Walk begins
Two walk choices: Short route 3k; Long route 7k.
10:30 am – Speaker’s Program featuring Dr. Michael Kent, UC Davis.
If you can’t make it to the Walk, you may still participate by registering to Sit & Stay. Sit &Stay registrations allow you to register for the K9 Cancer Walk from anywhere in the country….even your out-of-town family members and friends can help fight canine cancer by choosing to Sit & Stay!