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.
Registration starts at 11:00am and the Walk begins at 1:30pm. Participants are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the day's festivities, including an amazing K9 demonstration by our New York State Troopers K9 units. Pre-registration by September 20th 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/
"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.
"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 monies raised through this walk and others like it across the country will fund grants for comparative oncology research, and raise awareness about canine cancer (its prevention, causes and treatments for both man and man's best friend). Since its inception in 2010, The Puppy Up Foundation has been able to devote $2.1 million to fulfill its mission of bringing awareness to canine cancer, its similarities to human cancers, and funding research, education and awareness that benefits both pets and people. Just a few of the partnerships in these studies are: Princeton University in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania, MIT and Harvard's Broad Institute, Animal Medical Center of New York and Memorial Sloan Kettering, and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and University of California, Davis.
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