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A Father’s Father’s Day Wish

Posted by Erich Trapp on June 17, 2012

(by Luke Robinson) Late December 2010 when it became evident that Murphy’s initial course of radiation had not only failed but a new tumor, a sarcoma, had developed I knew his time was running out.  And even though I made the hard decision for a radical second round of radiation, my mind was already planning one final farewell tour:  To the cities we had not walked through and for those who hadn’t met Murphy and witnessed his indomitable spirit.

The handful of my confidants, who were in on the early discussions about the tour, were resoundingly against it for they feared the stress would compromise his already battered body.  Although I fought fiercely for it, within a few weeks his health deteriorated and I knew they were right and the tour was canceled.

Almost equally painful than resigning yourself to the inevitability of losing your child and the absolute sense of helplessness was the sad realization that Murphy would never directly touch lives like the thousands he had on our walk.

I saved this blog for Father’s Day because as a father you do everything you can to save the life of your child and when that fails you do everything you can to carry their memory and beauty forward.

On the eve of the first anniversary of his passing, we have the possibility of fulfilling that dream.  We are planning a 20 city Summer of Murphy tour and the Toyota 100 Cars for Good has given us the chance to realize it.

The Murphy Mobile, as it will be christened, will be a beacon of hope and belief at every stop it makes for everyone and anyone who has been touched by cancer.  It’ll be both a place of celebration and remembrance and a reminder that our work is not done.

I wish I could have saved my boy.  I wish I could bring him back.  But I hope and pray I can keep his legacy alive. This is my Father’s Day wish.

And to do so, I need your help.  Please vote for 2 Million Dogs to win a Murphy Mobile. Even though voting doesn’t begin until 10AM EST on the 20th, right now you can go to www.100carsforgood.com,  type 2 Million Dogs in the search box and click on ‘Remind Me’ and an email reminder will be sent to you.

Keep the Faith, Puppy Up, & Happy Father’s day.

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Featured Pup – Mikey Moran

Posted by Erich Trapp on June 17, 2012

Mikey Moran.

Here is our pup of the day for the 2 Million Dogs’ 2013 Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down calendar contest. Remember, you can enter your pup through July 27 and voting starts July 8th. To enter your dog or for more information, email erich@2milliondogs.org To learn more about the calendar, please follow this link.

(by Carie Moran ) In 2005, we adopted Mikey from a Marine that was getting out of the Marine Corps. Instantly we knew he was home forever. There wasn’t anything Mikey could do wrong and there wasn’t a sacrifice we weren’t willing to make to accommodate him. Hair, slobber, and clumsiness were no problems from that day forward. The joy and happiness that Mike brought to our family was irreplaceable and we couldn’t imagine our lives without him.

As an Animal Care Technician for the US Army, Mikey has had the fortune to travel the country with us. He has lived in three different states (VA, OK, and TX). In seven years Mikey has met tons of people and none of them left Mikey without a smile, and a wet lap. Mikey’s ability to put a smile on people’s faces was his second best attribute. In the time we had Mikey he was able to help determine the adoptability of literally hundreds of animal’s dogs and cats alike.

In August 2011 Mikey was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma after he was unable to complete a two mile walk. One month later Mikey left us physically.  During Mikey’s last month on earth he spent his time in the front yard of his house doing what he loved to do, making people smile, and protecting his family while his dad was deployed. Mikey’s dedication to his family never wavered during the hardest time of his life. He is and will always be badly missed in our home. But there will always be an open place on the floor for him to lie.

We love you “Big Mike.” Mom, Dad and the Kids.

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