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600 attend walk for canine cancer

The first annual K9 Cancer Walk last weekend in Los Gatos, California was a remarkable success.  Over 600 dog lovers participated, raising more than $80,000 for canine cancer research.  Funds raised went to the Morris Animal Foundation in Los Gatos, which conducts animal cancer research. 


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More than 600 California dog lovers rallied on 10-10-10 to fight canine cancer at the 1st annual Morris Animal Foundation K9 Cancer Walk in Los Gatos.

(PRNewsFoto/Morris Animal Foundation)

“We actually doubled our original fundraising goal,” said the foundation’s events manager Tish Czachor.  “The foundation recognizes the need to help our best friends live longer, healthier, cancer-free lives, and to share that mission with Northern California dog lovers was amazing.”

Over 50 teams participated in the walk, many of which participated in the Top Dogs Contest held to encourage participation.  Winners in this contest were:

   •  Top Team honors went to Golden Retrievers to the Rescue, who raised almost $7,000
   •  Most Team Members was earned by VCA Animal Hospitals, with 56 participants registering
   •  Top Fundraiser (Individual) was Mary Rieger, raising more than $1,800
   •  Top Fundraiser (Individual) runner-up was Joanne Mcgrail from Golden Retrievers to the Rescue, who raised more than $1,600

Canine cancer research is very important for our furry friends.  According to the National Canine Cancer Foundation, 1 in 3 dogs will get cancer, meaning that a huge number of our beloved big dogs will suffer from the disease.  Many thanks go out to the Morris Animal Foundation and other groups like it that are looking for ways to treat and prevent cancer in our best friends.  If you didn’t get to participate in this event, there are 2 more like it coming up.  On December 5, the Morris Animal Foundation is hosting a K9 Cancer Walk in Coconut Creek, Florida and another on April 30, 2011 in Elk Grove, California.  To find out more about these walks, visit


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