Puppy Up! Walk in New Paltz to Combat Cancer, Raise Funds for Education, and Research
Through Puppy Up! Walks and other educational campaigns, The Puppy Up! Foundation is building the largest pet and people cancer community in the world. Like people, companion animals develop cancer: brain, breast, bone and lung cancer; lymphoma and melanoma are all common in pets, who are exposed to the same environmental factors as humans. Veterinary oncologists believe there are between four and eight million new cases of cancer in companion animals every year.
"We chose to bring Puppy Up! to New Paltz because we believe the community supports those with cancer, honors the friends and family they have lost, and wants to walk for those they can help" stated Walk Coordinator, Lori Stopkie.
Registration starts at 10:00am and the Walk begins at 1:00pm. Participants are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the day's festivities. Pre-registration by September 21st is $20 per person; free for kids 14 and under; kids must be accompanied by an adult. Registration the day of the walk is $25 per person. For more on the Puppy Up! Walk or to register, please visit https://puppyupwalk.org/
"Comparative oncology has tremendous potential to give us key insights to what's causing cancer across species," said Ginger Morgan, Executive Director of The Puppy Up! Foundation, "Comparative oncology is important and necessary if we want a world in which cancer is no longer one of the top killers of our children, our parents, and our pets."
The organization has donated over $80,000 for a comparative oncology study of mammary tumors at Princeton University in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania. The project treats shelter dogs with mammary tumors and then studies tissues to understand how breast cancer metastasizes in women. More recently, The Puppy Up! Foundation contributed $20,000 to fund a study on osteosarcoma (bone cancer) at MIT and Harvard's Broad Institute. The Puppy Up! Foundation is also providing $80,000 to Animal Medical Center of New York and Sloan Kettering to study transitional cell carcinoma (TCC). This is the most common type of bladder cancer diagnosed by veterinarians, and a difficult one to treat.In 2018, PuppyUp!Foundation is funding these studies: (1) Improving Molecularly-
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