Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Morris Animal Foundation K9 Walk for Cancer Knoxville, TN

On Sunday, September 18th, almost 600 animal lovers joined together at the Cove at Concord Park in Knoxville, TN, to raise money to help end canine cancer. Over $48,000 was raised for this wonderful cause.


While all the teams were successful in helping a very worthy cause, the Top Team was the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, with over $8000 raised.


Proceeds from the event will fund Morris Animal Foundation’s Canine Cancer Campaign, helping scientists worldwide prevent, treat, and ultimately cure cancer in dogs. Morris Animal Foundation believes that by working together, one day canine cancer can be cured.


Cancer continues to be the Number 1 cause of death in dogs over the age of 2. According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 6 million dogs will be diagnosed with cancer each year in the U.S. Cancer causes more than 25% of all canine deaths. As dogs age, their cancer risk increases: dogs over 10 years of age suffer a 50% cancer rate.


Lymphoma is one of the most common cancers in dogs. Boxers, Bassets Hounds, Fox Terriers, Cocker Spaniels, Scottish Terriers, Rottweilers, and Golden Retrievers are at an increased risk when compared with other breeds. Other common forms of cancer include mast cell tumors (a form of skin cancer), mammary gland tumors, or breast cancer, soft tissue sarcomas and bone cancer.


For more information on the Morris Animal Foundation Canine Cancer Campaign, visit 

Dr. Laura Bacon had a table at the walk to help spread the word about Lap of Love. Check it out!
Click here to see the results of the 2010 Walk in South Florida where Lap of Love's Dr. Mary Gardner raised the most money personally and her team 'Bark for a Cure' raised the most for a team- this will just inspire them to do even better at the 2012 walk in January!

Written by Dr. Laura Devlin Bacon

Dr. Laura lives in Knoxville Tennessee and assists families with in-home pet euthanasia around her area.  Click Here to read more about Dr. Laura

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