There are many cancer foundations which work towards finding a cure and while we applaud their efforts, we want to know what's causing it.
The funds raised from the walk will finance the first ever nationwide epidemiological canine cancer study.
More Than Just Canine Cancer
The implications of this study are even more far reaching.
Scientists have discovered that the vast majority of cancers found in pets are the same types in humans, which make the dog an ideal model for research. Not only will pets benefit from this study but people, too.
There is another reason, as well. By using dogs with pre-existing cancer for studies, it reduces our dependency on lab animals.
In 2004 my Great Pyrenees, Malcolm, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. Despite amputation of his leg and chemotherapy, his cancer ultimately metastisized to his lungs. After an almost two year battle, he was given rest.
Though Malcolm wasn't my blood, he was my boy. Never have I met a spirit so noble in nature and undaunted by adversity. In his honor and for all of the tens of millions of people, dogs, and cats who suffer from this devasting disease every year, my two Pyrenees and I are walking from Austin to Boston, a 2,000 mile journey for cancer awareness and prevention.