Angel Paws is one of several teams that participated in the K9K. Photo credit: Jennifer Donat
After losing three wonderful dogs to cancer in the span of 11 years, Sandy Vilahu of Elk Grove, Calif., wanted to fight back and help find a cure for this deadly canine disease. She formed the Sacramento Canine Cancer Campaign Volunteers, which hosted its first-ever K9K Walk to Cure Canine Cancer on April 18, 2009, at Elk Grove Regional Park. The event raised close to $20,000, for Morris Animal Foundation’s (MAF) Canine Cancer Campaign, which funds research into cancer prevention and treatment. Those who could not participate were encouraged to form Virtual Walk Teams across the country.