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Non-Resectable

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 22, 2013

Photo from left to right:  Drs. Richard Goldstein and Allyson Berent; Luke Robinson, Founder of 2 Million Dogs; Chick Weisse; Kate Coyne (CEO of AMC); Ginger Morgan, Executive Director of 2 Million Dogs; Nicole Leibman and Ann Hohenhaus.

From left to right: Drs. Richard Goldstein and Allyson Berent; Luke Robinson, Founder of 2 Million Dogs; Dr. Chick Weisse; Kate Coyne (CEO of AMC); Ginger Morgan, Executive Director of 2 Million Dogs; Drs. Nicole Leibman and Ann Hohenhaus. Indiana and Hudson.

 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

(by Luke Robinson)

“I’m sorry.  It’s inoperable.”

How many of you have heard these words? That diagnosis from Steve Withrow about Murphy’s nasal tumor still haunts my thoughts some two years post mortem.

2 Million Dogs is funding a two year, $80,000 drug delivery study with Animal Medical Center in Manhattan and Sloan Kettering.

The first phase of the study is urogenital cancer in dogs since, at the point of diagnosis, the prognosis is pretty grim.  Less than 30% of bladder cancer patients respond to traditional treatment and since surgical intervention isn’t a viable option, the need for target therapeutics is essential.

We all know that dosing chemo in dogs is drastically less than that in humans and if we can get the right drug directly into the tumor, we may achieve therapeutic drug levels at 40X the current regimen.  There are other potential benefits such as cost savings, but they are ancillary to our aims.

Speaking of… here’s my press release statement:

“It is an honor to work with two prestigious institutions in the fields of veterinarian medicine and cancer research.  2 Million Dogs’ scientific objectives in funding cancer studies are collaborative and comparative in both spirit and scope and this study is a shining example of that.  Cancer touches us all.  It is a cross species disease and now more than ever it is imperative for us work together to end this epidemic.”

More importantly, I’ve come to know the principal investigator, Chick, on a more personal level and I feel he has the vision, fortitude, and fire to make significant strides in the field of comparative oncology.

 

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13 – 13 – 13

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 4, 2013

(by Ginger Morgan, Executive Director, 2 Million Dogs)

As I write this, summer is coming to a close. I’m fortunate that so far, 2013 has kept me busy working for you and this cause in the best of ways.

Faye Morgan.

Faye Morgan.

In August, we posted stories of dogs who’d had cancer to our Facebook page, and you responded with words of comfort, shares, and votes in our calendar contest. Thank you. The 2 Million Dogs family continues to impress me with their dedication every day.

I lost another dog to cancer this summer — my beloved Faye (pictured). Like many of you, I let these experiences fuel my fire for this cause. I’m writing this to acknowledge that you are our best resource — your input, your stories, your comments, and your support. With that in mind, I’m pleased to announce that moving forward, I will personally update you on 2 Million Dogs, here on our blog in the coming months. I’ll share helpful tips and information about canine cancer, announce special events where you can participate or meet up with other supporters in our community, or update you on the latest and greatest with the cause.

As we support comparative oncology research, the leadership at 2 Million Dogs steadily seeks new ways to help you to spread the word about its importance and our mutual belief that a cure for cancer is out there. We get many comments that some of you want to participate in a walk but cannot, mainly due to prior commitments or bum knees.

Our next event is just for you. And everyone, actually.

It’s called 13-13-13.

 
On September 13:

* Ask 13 friends on Facebook to “Like” the 2 Million Dogs Facebook page here.

* Donate $13 to canine cancer research at here.    Please click on the orange donate button.

* Write 13-13-13 on a piece of paper, hold it up, take a selfie (a photo of yourself), and post your picture to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #2milliondogs.

I hope you all participate in our 13-13-13 event, and get a chance to join us at one of our many Puppy Up! Walks this Fall.

 

Get involved -- Pete and Ginger

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Are You Ready For Some Hoops and Hounds?

Posted by Erich Trapp on August 2, 2013

Proceeds from tickets will be donated to 2 Million Dogs!

Proceeds from tickets will be donated to 2 Million Dogs!

Does your faithful companion (no, not your spouse, your dog) sit on the couch and watch endless hours of sports with you? Does your pup share your passion for basketball, popcorn, and hotdogs? Well then, what better way to reward your pup than to take him or her to a REAL game. Get up off that couch, go order your tickets online (see below), grab your best friend’s leash, and go see the San Antonio Silver Stars and The Tulsa Shock in action!

Yes, you can really take your dog. (Or, if the dog is better behaved, your dog can take you.)

When? This Sunday, August 4.

And the best part? (Well, besides taking your best friend and the hotdogs?) Proceeds from tickets will be donated to 2 Million Dogs!

 

How to Order Online: 5 Easy Steps
1. Go to www.tinyurl.com/HoopsHounds2013 
2. Enter the Special Offer Code: STARS (not case sensitive)
3: Create new Account (or use your existing one)
4. Select seat location
5. Print tickets at home (No Ticketmaster Fees)

Now, got fetch some tickets and have some fun! (Oh, and don’t eat too many hotdogs.)

 

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Puppy Up! In Jersey City, June 22

Posted by Erich Trapp on June 12, 2013

New Jersey Walk BannerGrab your walking shoes, your leash, and your canine best friend, and join the thousands who have already put feet to pavement to help end cancer in everyone. On June 22, we’re converging on Jersey City, NJ to support comparative oncology, the study of the similarities between cancers in dogs and cancers in people. These studies help save lives, both human and canine.

Follow the link here to register, join in the fun, and help 2 Million Dogs stop cancer in its tracks.

Registration opens at 11:00 am. The Walk starts at noon and all around good fun continues to 3 PM.

Where? Michael Anthony’s on the Waterfront
502 Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07310

Can’t Walk in New Jersey but want to contribute anyway? Follow the link above and become a fundraiser. Any amount is most welcome!

 

2 Million Dogs is having their Puppy Up! Walks all across the country again this year, so if you’re not in New Jersey, check out the Walk closest to you. Right here. Right now. Check out the map and find a Walk near you. Meet new people, meet new puppers, and make a difference in our fight against cancer. By walking? Yes, it’s as easy as that! We’ll see you there.

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From Puppy Up! Denver

Posted by Erich Trapp on November 1, 2012

“The Dog” by Francisco Goya.

I found the artwork posted by Puppy Up! Denver on Facebook so compelling I wanted to share it with all our blog readers.

Puppy Up! Denver writes:

One in three. One in three. ONE IN THREE. That is how many dogs get cancer, and they get the same cancers people do. Cancer doesn’t care that it already kills 7 million people a year. It will kill half of those one in three dogs each year too. But it doesn’t have to — and that’s why we walk this weekend, the first [weekend] in November, which is National Canine Cancer Month. STOP CANCER IN ITS TRACKS. Because Cancer. Touches. Everyone.

[PAINTING: *The Dog* by Spanish artist Francisco Goya. Oil mural on plaster transferred to canvas, 51¾ × 31¼ inches. Painted on the walls of Goya’s small house on the bank of the Manzanares River between 1819 and 1823, when he was at work on his series *The Disasters of War* and wanted to surround himself at home with something more inspiring, for his own pleasure (though his mood darkened the longer he worked on the war series). Never intended for public viewing, the fourteen works featuring dogs were removed fifty years after his death, now on display in the Museo del Prado, Madrid. Antonio Saura, one of Spain’s most influential modern painters and writers, called *The Dog* “the most beautiful painting in the world.”]

There’s still time to participate in this year’s Puppy Up! Walks around the country. Please follow this link and join us.

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Notice to Puppy Up! Jersey City Supporters

Posted by Erich Trapp on October 31, 2012

From the organizers of Puppy Up! Jersey City, we just received this:

Dear Puppy Up! Jersey City supporters,

Due to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, City of Jersey City has understandably canceled all events for the upcoming weekend including Puppy Up!

We wish everyone in the area well as we recover and restore.

In response to your questions – Although we will not physically Walk the Walk, we continue to strive to reach our goal of $10,000. So, we encourage all supporters to visit us online and:

1. “register” to walk by Nov 1st;
2. Fundraise through Nov 4th;
3. Sponsor a team, walker or fundraiser by donating to them by Nov 4th;
4. Donate to Puppy Up! Jersey City by Nov 4th.

http://PuppyUpJC.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1034488

Because our availability is limited as we recuperate in Jersey City, please follow our Facebook and Kintera walk pages for updates. Thank you for your help and support… Puppy Up!

All the best to everyone who has met Sandy.

2 Million Dogs extends its heartfelt good wishes to ALL our friends, supporters, sponsors, and walkers throughout all the areas affected by Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy.

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Us In A Nutshell — Thanks, Chicago Tribune

Posted by Erich Trapp on October 11, 2012

Up Close and Personal — Melisa Kottmeier makes friends with Indy, one of two Great Pyrenees dogs owned by Luke Robinson, founder of the 2 Million Dogs organization, who spoke to dog owners at FYDO Land in Elgin about links between human and pet cancer. (photo by Darrell Goemaat)

The Chicago Tribune recently covered the story of 2 Million Dogs and did such a great job, we’d like to share it here in case you missed it.

“It’s [the article] not just about 2 Million Dogs.” says Executive Director Ginger Morgan, “It’s about how people live with cancer every day. By sharing this article you could be helping someone realize that they are not alone in their fight.”

The article was written by Amanda Marrazzo, Special to the Tribune. Photo credit is Darrell Goemaat, with the Chicago Tribune.

If you’d like to keep up with the work of 2 Million Dogs, you can set Google to do a Google Alert. How? Follow this link for simple directions.

Now, here’s the Chicago Tribune article …
October 10, 2012

When his beloved Great Pyrenees dog Malcolm died from bone cancer in 2004, Luke Robinson was sad and angry.

Adding to his loss: Nobody could tell him why.

“I didn’t even know dogs could get cancer,” Robinson said.

Beginning in 2008, Robinson and two of his other dogs, Murphy and Hudson, walked from his home in Texas to Boston to raise awareness about cancer in pets and links to human cancers as well. With stops and starts along the way, and Robinson and the dogs camping or staying with host families, the journey lasted more than two years.

“Somewhere on the cross-country walk I had this dream, this vision of taking the two dogs, walking 2,000 miles and making that into 2 million dogs,” he said.

And so his life’s mission was conceived. After the walk ended, the not-for-profit 2 Million Dogs was founded with the hope that eventually that number of canines and their owners will participate in walks to raise awareness and money to fund research to eradicate cancer from pets and people.

Humans share no direct genetic link with dogs, yet each dies from the same types of cancers in astronomical numbers, he said.

Sadly, Murphy was diagnosed with nasal cancer less than a month after arriving in Boston. He died a year and three days later.

Losing Murphy further strengthened his resolve.

“I think dogs are the canary in the coal mine,” he said. “I think that they hold the answer. They drink the same water we do, are exposed to the same air, environmental toxins. I can’t help to think since we don’t share a genetic link, there must be something in the environment.

“All the cancers we get, they are getting too,” he said. “And that is strange. … We share no evolutionary line with dogs. We don’t come from dogs and dogs don’t come from us.”

Robinson recently visited the Chicago area with Hudson and Indy, his newest “fuzzybutt,” on what he named the “Summer of Murphy Tour,” a cross-country journey in his van that he began in September.

He visited with local veterinary oncologists and met with dog lovers in Elgin and Schaumburg.

Robin Massey, owner of FYDO Land, dog day cares in Elgin and Huntley, said she was so moved by the mission at an event she attended last summer she became a co-chair of the local group.

“Unfortunately, being in the business I’m in, I have lost a lot of four-legged friends to cancer,” she said. “It’s not only about fighting cancer in canines, but about fighting cancer in everybody. It’s an all inclusive group.”

Since 2010, through events called Puppy-Up walks, 2 Million Dogs has raised $270,000, said Karyn Vasquez, a dog lover and member of the board of directors of the organization. About a third of the money goes to research, with the rest going toward education and awareness.

“For me, just letting people know that our companion animals really do get cancer is a huge step in the right direction,” said Vasquez, who lost her own dog, Chelios, to lymphoma on New Year’s Day 2010.

Last year the organization presented a $50,000 grant to Princeton University to fund the school’s study of canine mammary tumor development and progression.

“Mammary tumors are the most common tumors in intact female dogs,” she said. “In humans, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. Mammary tumors in dogs and breast cancer in women have many similarities, both in terms of risk factors and biology.”

Interest in the mission has grown.

In 2010 there were Puppy-Up walks in 12 cities across the United States. In 2011, there were walks in 27 cities, and this year there are about 32. So far, about 3,000 dogs and their owners have participated, said Ginger Morgan, executive director of 2 Million Dogs.

“We are still looking for many dogs and their owners to help us in our fight against cancer,” Morgan said, encouraging owners to bring their dogs to a Nov. 3 walk in West Dundee.

“When we hit 2 million dogs, we will still continue walking. We’ll walk until we find a cure, until we can find out what is causing cancer and how we can prevent it.”

Heather Neal, of Aurora, like Robinson, also believes that cancers, as well as other ailments, in both humans and canines are caused by the environment we live in, the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe.

She owns Cadence, an 8-year-old standard poodle, who last year received treatment for osteosarcoma, a malignant bone cancer. After undergoing chemotherapy, the amputation of her right back leg, a switch to a raw food diet and a daily cocktail of herbal supplements, Cadence is doing much better and today is cancer-free.

“She is vibrant, full of life, energetic,” Neal said. “Being on three legs has not stopped her at all. She is like a tornado.”

Neal believes humans have a spiritual connection with their dogs, and that dogs are the key to unlocking the mysteries of cancer.

“They are more than just pets to us; they are a family member,” she said. “Let’s do what we can to cure (cancer). It will be good for dogs and human beings.”

Dr. Tiffany Leach, a veterinary oncologist who works at Specialty Vets in Buffalo Grove, said there are cancers that behave the same in humans and dogs, and there are also treatments that work on both human and dog cancers.

For example, sarcomas behave the same in children as they do in dogs, and there are medicines that can be used to treat both, Leach said.

“Vet oncology is so important to us because we can take a lot of the human cancers and get information to use for dog cancers,” she said.

As a resident at Purdue University she worked on a study of bladder cancer. It was found that the same treatments used for human bladder cancer were effective when used to treat bladder cancer in dogs.

It’s also been proved that pediatric osteosarcoma, or bone cancer, displays the same behaviors in children and dogs. And doctors are able to use the same treatments as veterinarians in treating it.

Leach also believes environmental factors play a role in canine and human cancers. But she also believes certain breeds tend to be prone to specific cancers. For example, she said, a Bernese mountain dog is prone to histiocytic sarcoma, an aggressive cancer that begins in the muscle tissue.

Leach herself knows firsthand the pain of dealing with cancer on more than one level. Her grandfather suffered with prostate cancer, which first led her to studying oncology along with veterinary medicine.

In 2005, she was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma, or kidney cancer. Though she declined to go into detail about her health, she has gone through treatments and at least two surgeries, and simply said, “I’m handling it. I’m still able to go to work and lead a pretty normal life.”

Then there are her two beloved Irish wolfhounds, which each have dealt with their own cancers. Gideon, 6, had a soft-tissue sarcoma. The dog has had surgeries and radiation and is in remission. Jiggs, 9, was diagnosed with chondrosarcoma, a type of a bone cartilage tumor. Jiggs underwent surgery two months ago and seems to be in remission, she said.

All of these situations have confirmed that the profession she has chosen as her life’s work is exactly where she should be. She knows the struggles of cancer. She knows the heartache of a pet having a life-threatening disease. So when sitting with a pet owner and telling them their pet has cancer, she can honestly say she knows how they feel.

“You can at least genuinely say, ‘I’ve been through this and I understand,’ and you can really mean it on a level I couldn’t have had,” she said. “I’ve been lucky in that respect. I’m an undying optimist. I like to take the positive out of all of this.”

Robinson, meanwhile, is off to another city. His message is for all people, those with and without pets, and those who have or have not been affected by cancer.

“We are facing nature’s perfect enemy,” Robinson said. “No man, woman, child or companion animal is spared its killing field.”

A 2 Million Dog Puppy-Up will be held Nov. 3, at Randall Oaks Park, 1180 N. Randall Road, West Dundee. Registration is 10 a.m., opening ceremonies at 11:15 a.m., and a two-mile walk steps off at 11:30 a.m. Closing ceremonies will be at 12:30 p.m.

Preregistration by Nov. 1 is $20 per person (under the age of 14 is free). Day of walk registration is $25 per person. No limit on the number of dogs.

Dogs must be up to date on vaccinations and must not be on a retractable leash.

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Thank You, Orchard Park School Students!

Posted by Erich Trapp on October 5, 2012

Luke with student Carley Levinsohn presenting a check for over $400.00 to 2 Million Dogs. (Photo by Make Corbin of WIBC)

As reported by Mike Corbin with WIBC, 93.1FM,  some enterprising Indiana grade schoolers led by one young lady are doing their bit for cancer research.

Students at Orchard Park School in Indianapolis, Indiana donated the $400 they raised to 2 Million Dogs Thursday.

Fifth-grader Carly Levinsohn heard about the group. She was on hand to present the check to Robinson and his dogs Indiana and Hudson outside the school (pictured).

As part of a class assignment to build a business, Carly and other students in her class chose to donate their profits to the group. Carly says she hopes the money helps researchers cure cancer in dogs and people. Robinson says the donation is important because it will help toward that end. He adds that raising awareness is also crucial. Robinson says many people don’t know that pets can also get brain, breast and other types of cancers and that the disease has a similar physiological makeup in dogs as in humans.

 

Thank you Carly and all the kids who Puppied Up! and made the donation happen.

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The 14th Of …

Posted by Erich Trapp on October 3, 2012

Ginger Morgan with Murphy, Luke Robinson with Hudson, and a multitude of friends and supporters walking the final mile together in Boston.

So Luke had this idea a while back.

If 2 dogs could walk 2,000 miles for cancer we could get 2 million dogs all over the country to walk.  On the same day and at the same time. I’m a very visual person and the impact of that would send shockwaves across the nation.  Literally – if we had a bunch of big dogs pounding the pavement in synchronicity.  

We chose the first Sunday in November for no reason other than auspicious weather in most parts of the country and out of respect for other walks.

This year, we have 25 cities walking on the exact same day (the others are rebels) but the Fuzzybutts can only be at one of them.  And this year, it’s the final stop on the first Summer of Murphy tour and I have something special in store and you don’t want to miss it. 

But it’s not up to me.  It’s up to you.  The city that raises the most money by October 14th is where we’ll be and you can click here to sign up for your local walk, start a team, and start fundraising. 

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Please Come To Denver In September

Posted by Erich Trapp on September 17, 2012

By now you’ve heard that Luke and The Boys are on their whirlwind Summer of Murphy Tour. They even have their new wheels decked out and wrapped with our logo.

Well, they’ll be in the Denver area this coming weekend (September 22nd through the 24th) and if you’re in the neighborhood, they’d love to meet you. Here’s where they’ll be (all times are local) :

Saturday, September 22nd in Arvada, CO they’ll be at Street’s Fitness from 9 to 11:30 AM, 12520 W. 64th Ave., 80004. The event is “The Fuzzybutt Fight Club: Knock Out Cancer.” Join Puppy Up! Denver for a free boxing class at Street’s Fitness and make a donation to 2 Million Dogs. Stop by and meet Luke and the Fuzzybutts and learn about their unwavering fight against cancer in people and pets.

Sunday, September 23rd from 10 AM to 1 PM The Boys will be at the Barkly Manor Doggie Daycare, 5010 E. Colfax Avenue, Denver 80220. This will be a Brunch/Bark & Greet. Luke will be telling stories about his travels while on the road, and about the mission of 2 Million Dogs. And of course, the Fuzzybutts, Hudson and Indiana will be there to steal your hearts.

And on Monday, September 24that 6:30 PM they’ll be at Woof in Boots, Denver’s Premiere Doggy Daycare and Pet Boutique, 719 W. 8th Ave 80204, in Denver. This is a Bark & Greet and Luke will be speaking there as well. It’s also where you can sign up (early registration) for the Denver Puppy Up! Walk. (You can read more about the Denver Walk below.)  Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, browse the Art Gallery featuring the work of some of Denver’s best pet artists, share time with Luke and The Boys, and learn some of the latest things he’s discovered about cancer in pets and people.

Wendy and Deli are The 2012 Puppy Up! Denver cancer heroes. They are both breast cancer survivors and they will be leading the walk at Stapleton Central Park in Denver on November 3. Won’t you join them? Sign up today at http://puppyupdenver.kintera.org/

And don’t forget to visit Puppy Up! Denver’s page on Facebook where you can keep up with the latest news on their Puppy Up! Walk.

The Second Annual Puppy Up! Denver Walk will be held at Stapleton Central Park in Denver on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2012. Registration is 8 AM to 10 AM. The Opening Ceremony will be followed by a 2 mile walk and this event begins at 10 am. We will also be having a Puppy Up! Market and Festival that will include human and canine entertainment, food and drink vendors, pet related businesses and human and K-9 cancer related organizations.

Pre-register online at $30.00/person at www.2milliondogs.org > Click on walks > click on Denver

Day-of registration $35/person

For more information, please email Hope at: hope.puppyup@gmail.com

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