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Lead volunteer ready for first Northern Virginia K9 Cancer Walk

Spend five minutes with Cathy Caples, and you’ll feel like you’re talking with an old friend. Cathy is the lead volunteer for the first Northern Virginia K9 Cancer Walk, taking place this Sunday, May 15, at Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia.

“It is such an honor to be involved with Morris Animal Foundation,” said Cathy, who works for Orvis, the presenting sponsor for the walk. “I was happy to pitch in when I heard about the walk. Cancer is something I feel passionately about, having lost three dogs as well as my father to the disease.”

Cathy has been an animal lover since she was a child. She has raised dogs, horses, cats, a lamb and a rabbit (although she does confess she is not fond of snakes!). Cathy currently is the proud parent of two golden retrievers, Cooper and Chelsea.  

Experts estimate that 6 million dogs are diagnosed with cancer each year, and cancer remains a leading cause of death in older dogs. While we’ve made strides in improving the prognosis for dogs with cancer, we still have a long way to go. The explosion in molecular biology in the last decade has provided veterinary oncologists with new tools to study cancer; and greater understanding is leading to innovative diagnostic tests and treatment. New knowledge can lead to the ultimate goals of cancer research: how to prevent cancer before it develops and how to treat and cure cancer if it does.

Join us as dog lovers from Northern Virginia come together for a day of fun with a purpose; to further our mission to help dogs everywhere live longer, healthier lives. We invite you to learn more about our 2016 K9 Cancer Walks, our research, and our accomplishments. Together, we can find ways to prevent, treat and cure canine cancer.


Categories: Animal health
May 11, 2016