Wednesday, November 7, 2012

K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk in Long Beach Nov. 11

The 6th Annual VPI K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk will benefit the Animal Cancer Foundation, a non-profit founded by Veterinary Oncologist Dr. Gerald Post; that supports research to advance the prevention and treatment of cancer in people and pets, also called Comparative Oncology.

Comparative Oncology shows that our domestic pets, and not laboratory animals, such as mice and rats, are the true models for human cancer,” says Dr. Post.  Our pets, like people, get cancer spontaneously so it only makes sense to integrate pet cancer into the human research model. Comparative Oncology will expedite therapeutic and preventative benefits for both humans and pets.”

For the first time, Dr. Post will be discussing Comparative Oncology at the Society for Melanoma Research Congress 2012 in Los Angeles, Nov. 8-11, the same weekend as the VPI K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk in Long Beach.  Post will speak to human Oncologists about the biologic similarities of cancer in pets and people and the importance of collaborating efforts to ultimately lead to the discovery of more effective treatments and prevention of cancer in people and pets.

With that said, here is the info. on the upcoming event this Sunday in Long Beach.  Please let me know if you are interested in speaking with someone about the event, the Animal Cancer Foundation or Comparative Oncology.

WHO: Hundreds of pet cancer supporters and their pets, E! Entertainment's Ashlan Gorse, Animal Cancer Foundation, Veterinary Pet Insurance

WHAT: 6th Annual Pet Cancer Awareness Walk, Hundreds of Pet Owners to Walk on Behalf of Current or Past Dogs Stricken with Cancer

•    Partnering with the Animal Cancer Foundation (ACF), Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) will host the 6th Annual VPI K9K Cancer Awareness Walk to raise funds for pet cancer research, the number one disease-related killer of dogs in the United States

•    The VPI K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk will feature a fun-filled 3K (1.8 miles) walk for both pets and people

•    Majority of participants are walking and raising money in honor of a current or past dogs who were stricken with cancer

•    All registration fees will be donated to the Animal Cancer Foundation (ACF), a non-profit organization that strives to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer in pets and people

•    Registrants for the VPI K9K Pet cancer Awareness Walk receive entry to the K9K, a commemorative T-shirt, a bandanna for their pooch, and other post-event refreshments/snacks

•    For more information or to register, visit

•    VPI is the nation’s oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance and received more than 50,000 claims for cancer diagnosis and treatment in pets last year

•    November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

WHEN:    Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012
                Registration Begins: 9:00 A.M.
                Walk Time: 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

WHERE: Shoreline Village Lighthouse Peninsula, Long Beach, California
                320 Golden Shore St.
                Long Beach, Calif.

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