On July 10, dog owners can show support and love for the four-legged family members making a difference in our lives by walking in Denver’s inaugural K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk. This event, hosted by VPI, the nation’s largest veterinary insurance carrier, is held in Long Beach, CA and now in Denver. These two philanthropic walks are sponsored to raise funds for the Animal Cancer Foundation, a non-profit organization that strives to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer in pets and people.
In 2010, cancer was the number one disease killing dogs and cats. VPI received more than 30,000 claims for the treatment of cancer. In some cases, early detection and treatment of cancer may prolong a pet’s life, increasing its chances for survival. Because of the severity of this insidious disease, VPI has stepped-up to lead this charge to raise pet cancer awareness.
Dogs and owners are invited to participate in a 3K walk through Washington Park. Owners and canines will walk together to raise money for ACF. Animal Cancer Foundation will receive all registration fees.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the walk beginning at 9 a.m. There is ample parking at South High School or on streets surrounding the park. Both registration and the starting line will be located along the diagonal road (by the brick house and central playground) inside the park.
The cost to participate is $30 if registered prior to June 26; the registration fee from June 26-July 8 will be $35. All registration fees will be donated to Animal Cancer Foundation. In addition to providing support to find a cure for cancer, registrants will receive a commemorative T-shirt, a bandanna for their dog and post-event refreshments.
To make this inaugural fundraiser a success, there are many ways to contribute:
- Sign up as many friends and family as you can to walk on July 10
- Take the challenge and set up a fundraising page, raising funds as a team or individual
- Donate and make a difference
- Invite friends via email or post to Facebook
- Buy a Pet Cancer Awareness Dog Collar
- Donate directly to ACF and receive a free bracelet to place on your cat, bird or other exotic pet
Cancer knows no boundaries and discriminates against no animal or human. Let’s make Denver’s first annual VPI K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk surpass all expectations. What is there to lose, except another loved one to cancer without helping find a cure?