One walker's quest for a doggy-cancer cure
Luke Robinson takes route through center of Clackamas County
Beginning with a promise to raise awareness of canine cancer, Luke Robinson took his two dogs on a 2,000-mile walk from Austin, Texas, to Boston in 2010 to fulfill the promise he made to his first dog, Malcolm, who died from the horrible disease.
In his latest 2,000-mile awareness walk, Robinson hosted a crossing the border event at Ester Short Park in downtown Vancouver, Wash., this month. 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 4 million to 6 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.
On June 14, crowds came out to show their support for Robinson, along with Hudson and Indiana, by walking with him and his white, fluffy dogs to the bridge into Oregon, and by welcoming them into Oregon on the Portland side of the bridge.
Those who were unable to make it to the crossing 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.
The Robinson trio walks about 10 miles a day and is looking to stay with host families along the route through Clackamas County and the rest of Oregon. If you are interested in walking with them or letting them pitch a tent in your fenced backyard, contact Ginger Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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