Walkin’ like a dawg: 2 Million Dogs’ walk to fight canine cancer
It began with a promise to raise awareness about canine cancer - one mile, one city, one person at time.
Luke Robinson and his two dogs walked 2,000 miles from Austin, TX, to Boston, MA, to fulfill the promise he made to his dog Malcolm, a victim of canine cancer.
Dog Scout Troop 157 Broward Paw Patrol will host the second annual 2 Million Dogs ‘Puppy Up! Walk’ at TY Park in Hollywood.
“The 2 Million Dogs Foundation was formed on the belief that if two dogs can walk 2,000 miles to bring awareness to cancer, surely two million dogs can walk two miles,” says Robinson. “Through the ‘Puppy Up! Walk,’ we are building the largest pet and people cancer community in the world, from business people to artists to scientists and humanitarians.”
According to Robinson, it’s a partnership forged with the singular purpose of eliminating the deadly disease. “The 2 Million Dogs Foundation is committed to discovering the common links between canine and human cancers, and the causes of these cancers through comparative oncology research,” he says.
The inaugural “Puppy Up! Walk” in South Florida was attended by more than 100 people, and raised more than $10,000. The registration for the 2013 walk, that takes place Nov. 3 at TY Park in Hollywood, is at 9 a.m. The walk will begin at 10 a.m. Vendors and rescues will be present, and there will be raffles and dog costume contests.
Pre-registration is $20 online ($25 at the gate), with all proceeds benefiting the 2 Million Dogs Foundation.
For more information or to register, visit www. puppyuphollywood.kintera.org.
Dogs big and small, old and young, complete the walk on foot, being carried, or in strollers Christine Borak, left, Farren Stone with Reggie, Joan Otten with Casey, Ian Rothenberg with Tami, Cynthia Stone with Reba, Patricia Harrington with Riley, Howard Rothenberg with Jasmine, Neely Waring with Kanga and Roo, Teresa Irvine with Ripley, Emilia Villati, Tish Gaffney with Skye, Marcel Smets, and Lisa Smets with Lily and Rebel
Neely Waring, left, and Donica Balamut work at the registration booth