Beginning with a promise to raise awareness of canine cancer, Luke Robinson took his two dogs on a 2,000-mile walk from Austin to Boston in 2010 to fulfill the promise he made to his first dog, Malcolm, who died from this horrible disease.
In his latest 2,000-mile awareness walk, Robinson will be hosting a crossing the border event at Ester Short Park in downtown Vancouver on June 14 at noon. He started his second walk May 10 from the Canadian border to the Mexican border to continue his mission and to honor Murphy, the second dog he lost to cancer.
Since an estimated four to six million dogs die from cancer annually, Robinson is spreading the word about the disease, and has since founded The Puppy Up Foundation, a national organization that raises awareness and support for canine cancer. The foundation (puppyup.org) was established to fund comparative and translational cancer studies that can potentially benefit both pets and people as well as invest in national education and awareness initiatives about the epidemic of cancer in companion animals.
We know dogs get the same types of cancer that we do the question is why? That is what our foundation strives for, Robinson said.
This Saturday at noon, Robinson, along with his Great Pyrenees, Hudson and Indiana, will be walking from West 6th Street and Columbia Street near Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver over the bridge into Oregon. The public is encouraged to come out to show their support for Robinson by walking with his white, fluffy dogs to the bridge, walking across the bridge into Oregon with them, or welcoming them into Oregon on the Portland side of the bridge.
Those who are unable to make it out this weekend can track the trios progress to Mexico by visiting 2dogsagainstcancer.com, where they will find photos and videos from their travels. Robinsons traveling companions, Hudson and Indiana, sport Tagg GPS Pet Tracker collars to document every step of their journey from Canada to Mexico.
What I love most about Tagg is that people from all over the world can follow us on this historic journey. We hope to encourage people to come out and walk a mile, walk a day, or walk a week with us since all of us have been touched by cancer. Its a perfect partnership, Robinson said.