Walkin’ like a dawg: 2 Mil­lion Dogs’ walk to fight canine can­cer

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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

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