Team Fuzzybutt lost the 100 Cars for Good competition and I'd like to share a few thoughts about the experience.
1. Thank you to all of our friends and supporters who took extraordinary efforts to take us over the top and that we didn't reach it is by no means a loss. All of us who have been touched by cancer have been beat down but we learn to get up again and fight so long as god may grant us the strength to do so.
2. I want to thank Toyota for their tremendous and generous philanthropic program. They are a thought leader for other corporations around the world to emulate and to show how to step up to help small non-profits who are trying to make a difference.
3. Our warmest congratulations go out to the Central Aroostook Humane Society on winning the competition. Since I have volunteered at dozens of animal shelters on our travels I have witnessed first hand the rampant problem of pet overpopulation and abuse. However...
4. As well planned and orchestrated the competition was, it's unfortunate that Toyota pitted our two organizations against each other. They say that a couple of million dogs are euthanized every year due to owner neglect but at least twice that are diagnosed with cancer. But statistics don't matter. We share a common enemy.
2 Million Dogs recently funded a $50,000 study that took mammary tumors from shelter dogs at the University of Pennsylvania to analyze their DNA and try and understand how breast cancer metastasizes in women.
It's a model that speaks to the fact that our mission and that of humane societies across the country are not mutually exclusive and I hope we can all do a better job of collaborating against the worst epidemic facing companion animals and people.
5. Although I'm licking my wounds - and the fuzzybutts are just licking themselves - in the interest of good sportsmanship, I'll be sending Aroostook a picture of Murphy, after whom the Toyota was to be named. Use it well.
6. Now, I've gotta go. I have a Dachshund to kill, make Indy eat a rat, and plan for Murphy's 1 year tomorrow.
Cancer Can't Keep a Good Dog Down
Keep the Faith & Puppy Up!