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Puppy Up! Fort Myers, FL

The 2 Million Dogs – Puppy Up! Fort Myers, FL walk will be held on November 4th, 2012 at the Petco in the Forum located at 9380 Dynasty Dr., Fort Myers, FL 33905-5574

This event is all about raising money for comparative oncology studies and awareness of canine cancer. We are looking for vendors and sponsors and people willing to donate items for the silent auction. We also want people to register to come out and walk with their dogs. Click here for more information on this event and to make a donation.

It began with a promise to raise awareness of canine cancer one mile, one city, and one person at 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.

2 Million Dogs was formed on the belief that if 2 dogs can walk 2000 miles to bring awareness to cancer surely 2 million dogs can walk 2 miles. Through The Puppy Up! Walk, we are building the largest pet and people cancer community in the world; from business people to artists to scientists and humanitarians, a partnership forged with the singular purpose of ridding the world of its deadliest disease.

The 2 Million Dogs Foundation is committed to discovering the common links between canine and human cancers and the causes of these cancers through comparative oncology research.

Sign up for a 2 Million Dogs Puppy Up! Walk… there will never be a better time like this to Puppy Up! against cancer.

A cancer-free world starts with one dog, each mile at a time.

The monies raised through the November 4th, Fort Myers event and subsequent events, will be used to partner with leading cancer research institutions to help further their work in the leading-edge field of comparative oncology.

Just like humans, dogs naturally develop cancer. The work of clinical veterinary oncologists in using naturally occurring cancers in animals to better understand and treat cancer in humans is called comparative oncology. There are several factors that make comparative oncology important in the fight against human cancer:

  • Pets are exposed to many of the same environmental risks as people
  • The cancer cells are biologically comparable
  • There is a large population of cats and dogs with pre-existing cases of cancer
  • Cancer occurs in pets within years compared to decades in humans.

2 Million Dogs grew from a cross-country walk by Luke Robinson of Austin, TX and his two dogs Hudson and Murphy. They walked from Austin to Boston to fulfill the promise Luke made to his dog Malcolm, a Great Pyrenees who died from cancer. Luke later formed 2 Million Dogs with the belief that if two dogs can walk 2000 miles to raise awareness about canine cancer surely two million dogs can walk 2 miles.

For more information, follow these links:

http://www.2milliondogs.org

Recent articles and media coverage about comparative oncology

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203315804577207252135374064.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

http://main.uab.edu/Sites/neurosurgery/research/87470/

http://www.uab.edu/uabmagazine/2012/january/petproject

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/CancerPreventionAndTreatment/treating-dogs-cancers-benefit-humans/story?id=15543199

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