Happy Independence Day all!
I wish, really really wish I could be announcing our independence from cancer today but the sad sorry leadership in this country at every level doesn't deem it necessary to make the number one killer of pets and people a national priority.
With cancer research funding levels at a record low at the NIH, that makes what we do at The Puppy Up Foundation increasingly important.
I'll be brief because I have to go out and be Chef Big Dog today but what I love about this story is three things. First the folks in Madison WI that continue to raise the bar for our Puppy Up Walks. Second is that Dr. Christensen heard my presentation at the 2010 VCS conference in San Diego.
Half the audience left since I was the last speaker at a long event so I want to give a shout out to him for that. And to Dr. Sue cause she stayed, too. Trail magic, my friends. Always.
Third and most importantly is that this $100k study can potentially benefit all kids diagnosed with bone cancer - canine and human. Even though I was unable to attend the presentation of this rather large and seemingly uncashable check, there are a ton of people throughout the country who made our first grant of 2015 possible.
So to all of those people, light up a sparkler or hell, man the roman candles - today is your day. I can't celebrate the leaders of this country but I truly, completely celebrate you.
From left: Beth Viney, PuppyUp Madison co-chair; Dr. Neil Christensen; Dr. Kai Shiu, PuppyUp Madison co-chair; and Ginger Morgan, Executive Director of the PuppyUp Foundation.