3rd annual Morris Animal Foundation K9 Cancer Walk

Fourteen-year-old Alanna Thurman may not have the same resources as most large organizations when it comes to putting together a fundraising event, but that didn’t stop her from doing so.

Fourteen-year-old Alanna Thurman may not have the same resources as most large organizations when it comes to putting together a fundraising event, but that didn’t stop her from doing so.

In support of the 3rd annual Morris Animal Foundation K9 Cancer Walk in Elk Grove, Calif., on May 7, Alanna decided to organize her own neighborhood walk with proceeds benefiting Morris Animal Foundation’s Canine Cancer Campaign. The Canine Cancer Campaign is a national effort to help dogs live longer, healthier, cancer-free lives.

In a handwritten letter to Morris Animal Foundation, Alanna writes, “The walk went great! Around 10 dogs showed up and we walked loops around our property trails. It was lots of fun. We raised about $400.”

Alanna and her efforts are a perfect representation of the dedication and heart that the K9 Cancer Walks are truly all about. Last year nearly 700 participants rallied to celebrate canine cancer survivors and memorialize those who have died. The successful event raised more than $64,000 for research to prevent and treat this terrible disease.

“I am very passionate about dogs, and I hope one day we will find a cure for canine cancer!” said Alanna.

Sadly, an estimated 50 percent of all dogs will battle cancer, and it remains the No. 1 cause of death in dogs over the age of 2 years.

The 3rd annual K9 Cancer Walk in Elk Grove takes place May 7 at 9:30 a.m. Sign up today and help continue the fight against canine cancer. Online registration is now open. Additional information can be found at www.K9CancerWalk.org or by calling 800.243.2345.

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18 thoughts on “3rd annual Morris Animal Foundation K9 Cancer Walk

  1. We lost our senior German shorthaired pointer on Dec 23 2010 from cancer…it was all through her body but we only knew about one tumor we found on an xray…she never complained, and was a trooper through the last moments. So sorry Andrea…i sympathize with your sadness…she was our first rescue together, and the best ever. So RIP Abby and Brownie 🙂

  2. My poor Ruger had to pass because of Cancer of the Mouth; very quick and fast acting! We mourned the loss of him for a very long time. He was only 8 yrs old! 🙁

  3. We need to spread the word for people to stop using Roundup and Weed ‘n Feed products! And to consider as much as possible using natural cleaners in the home.

  4. Agreed, Kathleen – fewer chemicals (natural flea repellents like cedar oil), and better diets like raw. Even the best quality kibble contains poison and carcinogens – all legal according to the USDA (US Deception Association).

  5. So sorry to hear of each of you that have lost their dogs to cancer. My black lab was diagnosed 7/2010 with bone cancer. I was so upset because they only gave us 2-3 months it’s now 9 months and he’s still here. I just know that I’m blessed everyday that I have him. He’s a fighter that’s for sure! I hope one day there will be a cure for canine cancer. I’m so happy to hear that there are organization like these that have devoted time and money to help our four legged friends end cancer.

  6. @Elaine – I agree it would be great if we were all natural, but I don’t know how realistic that is. I’m not sure that cedar oil will work as a tick repellent . . . and tick-borne diseases bring their own problems.

    But even if we could get the major toxins back in their boxes it would make a huge difference.

  7. this is great-too far for me to participate though : ( also, for anyone in the PA/NJ/NYC area, i help organize a 5k run/walk for canine cancer awareness and research in allentown. please check us out at Team Sarge. we welcome new runners, walkers and supporters!

  8. My Cody had to be put to sleep, he was only 6 years old. 6 months prior he had a tumor I paid extra for a biopsy and the clinic never bother to tell me that the tumor was cancerous. I had to put blood transfusion to raise the blood cells it only lasted 3 more days and then my poor baby was too weak. Till this day I mourn for him. Glad to see there is research being done to end this disease.

  9. My Cody had to be put to sleep, he was only 6 years old. 6 months prior he had a tumor I paid extra for a biopsy and the clinic never bother to tell me that the tumor was cancerous. I had to put blood transfusion to raise the blood cells it only lasted 3 more days and then my poor baby was too weak. Till this day I mourn for him. Glad to see there is research being done to end this disease.

  10. Loving dogs and improving their lives and that of their human families by training them is our passion. We see so many wonderful and loving dogs afflicted by this terrible desease. A cure for cancer both for humans and our pets must be found. Please support research by pledging whatever you can. “It’s A Dog’s Life…Make I A Good One”!

  11. I too am having a walk called Josie’s Walk 4 a Cure. We lost our Beautiful Golden Girl last august to mast cell cancer. Our event is May 1st in Metamora,Mi.our URL is support.morrisanimalfoundation.org/goto/josieswalk . We have three DVM who will speak on How to raise a Healthy Dog, raffles, drawings for dog treats,food and inviting the public to bring their Best Friend on a leash and join us for a fun one mile walk. all details are on the webpage at the url listed above. Hope to see alot of you there !!

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