K9K Awareness Walk Raises Money to Prevent and Treat Animal Cancer

May 26, 2010 | By Haley Finnegan | Category: Heroes | 18 comments
Tags: dogs, petlanthropy, heroes, charity

Melissa Archer and Scott Shannon participate in the VPI K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk. (Photo Courtesy of Animal Cancer Foundation)

Over 300 participants hit the pavement on April 25 for the second annual K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk in Brooklyn, New York. Sponsored by Veterinary Pet Insurance, this year's event raised more than $8,000 for the Animal Cancer Foundation (ACF).

The ACF is devoted to the prevention and treatment of cancer in animals. Not only is the organization committed to advancement in future cancer treatments, but it also advocates for pets to receive the best available care for cancer. The strength of the ACF's mission was evident in the number of supporters showing their appreciation for the cause by participating and contributing to this year's event.

The K9K Walk even featured a few celebrity guests, who came out in support of the ACF. Scott Shannon, of the show "Scott and Todd in the Morning" on FM radio station 95.5 WPLJ, covered the event along with his dog, Jimmy. After attending the first East Coast K9K event in October of last year, Shannon is now a regular, speaking about his own experiences treating a pet with cancer.

"One Life to Live" star Melissa Archer and her dog, Ginger, were also among those walking the trek from Brooklyn's Cadman Plaza into Manhattan and back again.

“It was so great to be part of this walk,” said Archer. “My dog Ginger and I got pretty wet, but it didn't matter, because it was such a fun and moving event. The Animal Cancer Foundation does such amazing work and it's been a true joy to do whatever I can to help them out.”

Dr. Gerald S. Post, President and Founder of the Animal Cancer Foundation, and Barbara Cohen, Executive Director of the Animal Cancer Foundation, have worked hard to uncover new and innovative cancer treatments. Both have been present at each VPI K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk to answer questions about the organization.

“We are completely thrilled to receive more than $8,000 so that we can continue to make a difference in the lives of the pets and people who we love,” Cohen said. “I personally want to thank VPI Pet Insurance for their generosity and tremendous support over the years.”

If you would like to participate in an upcoming event to raise animal cancer awareness or donate, please visit ACFoundation.org.

For more information on Veterinary Pet Insurance, please visit petinsurance.com.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
3 years ago

since they use animals to find cures for our diseases it is about time they tried to find some for the animals

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Denise L.
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Denise L.
3 years ago

I'm glad that more people are aware of this devastating disease in animals...I lost Ginger, my Malamute/Cocker Spaniel mix to it & my neighbor recently lost her Golden Retiever, Lady, to cancer too...

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