(Memphis, TN) On April 28th Memphis will be the first of approximately 35 Puppy Up! Walks to take place this year across the country. Walk organizers today announced their cancer Heroes. Gayla Sutton, at the age of 51 noticed a small change in her left breast, after a battery of tests her Doctor burst in the room announcing "Mrs. Sutton, I'm afraid this is cancer". Sutton says, "My life changed forever... I felt like I should have known something was wrong". She went through chemotherapy, a mastectomy, radiation, the reconstructive surgery. "Thirty nine months later, I am currently cancer-free. There's no assurance that cancer will not return, but I am much better equipped to deal with it if it does", said Sutton.
Neil and Kathy Solomon noticed a small lump on their dog Maddox right after Christmas last year. Although they thought it was just an insect bite they took him to his regular Veterinarian who removed the lump. The removed tissue was sent out for a biopsy and the results came back as a Mast Cell Tumor. The tumor was inoperable and Maddox was given five to six months to live. "We began a regimen of medication and chemotherapy to slow down the tumor's growth, however by mid-February it had grown substantially" stated the Solomons.
Maddox took a turn for the worse and not wanting their faithful companion to be in pain the Solomons agreed the best thing they could do for Maddox was to give him rest. When asked about Maddox they said "we miss him terribly, but are grateful that he came into our lives even for such a brief period. We hope that, in time, the pain will lessen and the memories will be of the joy that he brought to our family".
The Puppy Up! Memphis Walk will be held at the Overton Park Rainbow Lake Pavilion on April 28th. The festival and registration begin at Noon. The Walk will begin at 2:00pm followed at 2:45pm with music and fun. Join us for a day of fun, food and entertainment.
Participants can preregister online at www.2milliondogs.org.
The monies raised through the April 28th walk and subsequent events, will be used to partner with leading cancer research institutions to help further their work in the leading-edge field of comparative oncology.
Just like humans, dogs naturally develop cancer. The work of clinical veterinary oncologists in using naturally occurring cancers in animals to better understand and treat cancer in humans is called comparative oncology. There are several factors that make comparative oncology important in the fight against human cancer:
- Pets are exposed to many of the same environmental risks as people
- The cancer cells are biologically comparable
- There is a large population of cats and dogs with pre-existing cases of cancer
- Cancer occurs in pets within years compared to decades in humans.
2 Million Dogs grew from a cross-country walk by Luke Robinson of Austin, TX and his two dogs Hudson and Murphy. They walked from Austin to Boston to fulfill the promise Luke made to his dog Malcolm, a Great Pyrenees who died from cancer. Luke later formed 2 Million Dogs with the belief that if two dogs can walk 2000 miles to raise awareness about canine cancer surely two million dogs can walk 2 miles.
For more information, follow these links:
Recent articles and media coverage about comparative oncology
Copyright 2013 abc24.com Nexstar Broadcasting, All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.