Luke Robinson and dogs Hudson and Indiana walk across the Purple People Bridge in Newport at a past event. Photo provided
Sue Kiesewetter reports:
Canine cancer will be the focus of two Butler County stops on the 2 Million Dogs’ Summer of Murphy Tour.
Co-founder Luke Robinson and his dogs Hudson and Indiana will be at the West Chester Township PetPeople Pet Store from 6-9 p.m., Friday; and at the Animal Friends Humane Society, 1820 Princeton Road, in Hamilton, from 3-4:30 p.m., Saturday.
The tour is planned to honor and celebrate the lives of pets with cancer – those who have survived, are fighting or have died of cancer.
“Cancer touches everyone. (It) is the world’s greatest scourge, the deadliest pandemic facing pets and people alike,” Robinson said.
“We are here to celebrate and remember survivors as well as those we have lost, and share the spirit of Murphy (Robinson’s dog who died of cancer) and other dogs who do not give up or give in until the end.”
The Butler County stops are part of a 24-city tour that began in August. The organization was founded two years ago following a two-year, 2,000-mile walk by Robinson to raise awareness about cancer in dogs along with comparative oncology, the link between human and animal cancer.
“The field of comparative oncology is relatively new, however it has tremendous potential to give us key insights to what’s causing cancer across species,” said Ginger Morgan, executive director of 2 Million Dogs.
“Comparative oncology is important and necessary if we want a world in which cancer is no longer one of the top killers of our children, our parents, and our pets.”
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