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Sacramento dog lovers raise more than $50,000 for canine cancer research

On a beautiful California fall morning, dog lovers from the Greater Sacramento area strolled through Elk Grove Park, Elk Grove, California, to raise money for and awareness of canine cancer.

More than 350 people and their furry friends participated in the 7th Annual Greater Sacramento K9 Cancer Walk on October 11. Walkers raised more than $50,000; $10,000 above walk proceeds in 2014. Donations to the walk fund studies at Morris Animal Foundation aimed at making advances in the detection, prevention and treatment of canine cancer.

Teams from across the region, as well as individual walkers, joined each other for fun and companionship. WAG Inc. took the honors as the top fundraising team; top team member, most team spirit, and top individual fundraising honors went to Jennifer McFarling and ParkerPup.

“I was overwhelmed by the support of the walkers and all the wonderful volunteers who made this walk a success,” said Emily Byrne, events specialist for Morris Animal Foundation. “I was especially moved by the many participants who were walking in memory of a dog lost to cancer.”

April Benzow walked in memory of her dog Diesel, who died from a brain tumor earlier this year.

“Today I came to my first K9 Cancer Walk, and it will become a tradition,” said April, who carried a poster honoring Diesel's life. “I made this poster to represent that he’s still here in spirit. Everyone was so friendly and sweet, and the kind words filled my heart.”

Thank you, April,and everyone (canine walkers, too!) who came together to make this walk a success. If you weren’t able to join us for the Greater Sacramento K9 Cancer Walk, you can still make your contribution and help fight pet cancer today!

Categories: Animal health
October 16, 2015