What if you could combine walking your dog(s) and K9 Cancer research? Would you be interested? No, we don’t mean walking with Luke and the Boys, although we’re sure they’d love the company. We’re talking about something that’s afoot in California. It’s a fantastic idea — the K9K WALK TO FIGHT CANINE CANCER, organized by Sandy Vilahu of Elk Grove, California. Even if you’re not in California, Sandy has thought of a unique way for you to participate in the walk. It’s called a “virtual walk” and anyone can participate from anywhere in the country.
After losing three wonderful dogs to cancer in the span of 11 years, Sandy Vilahu of Elk Grove, California, wanted to fight back and help find a cure for this deadly canine disease. She formed the Sacramento Canine Cancer Campaign Volunteers, which will host its first-ever K9K Walk to Cure Canine Cancer on April 18, 2009, at Elk Grove Regional Park. The event raises money for Morris Animal Foundation’s (MAF) Canine Cancer Campaign, which funds research into cancer prevention and treatment. Those who can’t participate on-site are encouraged to form Virtual Walk Teams across the country.
Registration and virtual team details are available at http://www.caninek.org/. Event-day registration begins at 8 AM. The event includes a 3K lake walk at 9 AM local time, a 5K park walk at 9:30 AM, health seminars at 10:30 AM. and a raffle at noon.
Cancer takes the life of one in four dogs, and an estimated 50 percent of all dogs will battle the disease. It is the number 1 cause of death in dogs over the age of 2.
To learn more about this unique way to help in the fight against canine cancer, please visit: http://www.curecaninecancer.org/. Their site is loaded with helpful information, not only about the walk but also about K9 cancer and the research being done.