$1 Million Raised for Canine Cancer

The Morris Animal Foundation reaches a historical milestone raising funds through the organizations K9 Cancer Walk Program.

By | Posted: February 26, 2014, 12 p.m. PST

Having lost three wonderful dogs to cancer in the span of 11 years, Sandy Vilahu from Elk Grove, California, wanted to fight back and help find a cure. She reached out to Morris Animal Foundation six years ago to voice her concerns about canine cancer. She formed the Sacramento Canine Cancer Campaign Volunteers, which started a framework for a motivated volunteer program to lead the fight against canine cancer and other deadly diseases.

Canine Cancer. Photo Morris Animal Foundation

Thanks to Sandy’s initial and ongoing efforts and to the commitment of additional dog lovers who have joined the Morris Animal Foundation partnership, K9 Cancer Walks have been held around the country and have now hit the $1 million mark in money raised.

Since launching, the Foundation’s K9 Cancer Walk program has helped to fund several advancements in K9 cancer. The foundation has funded research that has identified and tested new drugs for hemangiosarcoma, bone cancer and soft-tissue sarcomas; made chemotherapy safer and more effective; and discovered genetic information that could improve prognostic tests for lymphoma.

"Morris Animal Foundation would like to applaud Sandy along with Magali Wright, Mary Gardener, Lisa Dowell, Becki Bradford and Jim Tedford for leading your communities to honor our canine best friends,” says Kate O’Brien, senior events specialist for Morris Animal Foundation. "These volunteer chairs have not only shared their stories with us, but they have helped share the stories of those in their communities.”

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