Thursday, September 30, 2010

Seattle 2 Million Dogs News Release



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:           Lee Somerstein
                        (425) 269-3207
                        LFS777@comcast.net

September 30, 2010

Seattle to Puppy Up! November 7th

(Seattle, WA) On November 7th Seattle will join cities all across the country in the inaugural 2 Million Dogs Puppy Up! Walk for cancer. The event is part of a national effort organized by 2 Million Dogs 2 Miles, a 501 C (3) organization that relies on the generosity of individuals and corporations to help in its mission to eradicate both human and canine cancer through investing in comparative oncology studies.

“We are thrilled to be part of this exciting and challenging effort to raise money for research that will help us win the fight against cancer,” said Bette Allen, Seattle organizer and owner of Tiny Growl, a pet product company.

“Between now and November 7th we will recruit as many Seattle-area dog-owners to bring their pets to Seward Park and walk two miles to help raise money for research in comparative oncology,” she added.

Details about the Seattle walk can be found at: 
https://2md2m.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/SeattleWAPuppyUpWalk/tabid/234887/Default.aspx

The money raised through the November 7th walks 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, cats and 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.

“Canine Cancer rates are rising at an alarming rate,” said Bette Allen. “This walk is our first step toward turning the tide.”

Several breeds seem to be at a higher risk for cancer. These include:
·       Boxer
·       Golden Retriever
·       Great Pyrenees
·       Rottweiler
·       Bernese Mountain Dog
·       Boston Terrier
·       English Bulldog
·       Scottish Terrier
·       Cocker Spaniel

2 Million Dogs 2 miles 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. \

In the past 2 Million Dogs/2 Dogs 2000 Miles has donated to the Morris Animal Foundation’s Canine Cancer Campaign, Colorado State University Animal Cancer Center, Texas A&M Imaging and Cancer Center and Tufts University Harrington Oncology Program.
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