The story is simple, yet heatbreaking for anyone who has loved and lost a pet . In 2006, Mickey, a ten year old West Highland Terrier, died from cancer. He brought much joy into the lives of all who loved him and will always be remembered...therefore this walk was created. On May 26, 2007 the first Mickey's Mile Dog Walk was held to coincide with its namesake's birthday to raise awareness and funds. After the heartwarming success of this walk, due to caring pet owners who continue to support this cause, we will walk again for "Mickeys" everywhere.
Cancer is a major cause of death in dogs. It takes a devastating toll on pets, their families, and the people who provide their medical care. When our companions are stricken by cancer, we turn to the veterinarians who are on the cutting edge of cancer therapy. However, they need funds in order to advance their knowledge to provide us with treatment options for our four-legged family members. Therefore, we welcome all canines and their families and friends to participate in this fund raiser and are truly grateful for your donation.
All donations will go directly to The Purdue Foundation at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine for canine cancer research. You may visit the website of Dr. Debra Knapp at www.vet.purdue.edu/pcop/ for research information.
The walk is one mile on a paved/unpaved path where dogs can take a dip in the creek waters provided they are leashed and supervised. It is a very enjoyable walk.
Please support this very important cause onSaturday, June 15th, 2013. It will be held at the East Fishkill Community Center, 890 Route 82, Hopewell Junction, New York Same day sign -up begins at 10:00 am and the walk begins at 11:00 am.
There is a $20.00 minimum donation. However, if you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation we gratefully accept any amount. All checks are made payable to The Purdue Foundation and can be sent to: Mickey's Mile P.O. Box 463 Fishkill, NY 12524
Forms can also be obtained at the East Fishkill Town Hall, area veterinary offices, pet supply stores, or e-mail email@example.com. Pre-registration is preferred. Goodie bags will be given to all participants.
This year’s special event will be a talent contest sponsored by Paws of Distinction (pawsofdistinction.net). They will provide treats for all participants and prizes for the winners. There will be a raffle, pet programs/organizations, and vendors. Once again we will be entertained by the great sounds of The Chain Gang Band (chaingangband.com). Dine on food prepared by CIA chef from FOOD FOUR CHANGE which targets four causes -education/skills, poverty/health, wildlife/nature and disabilities, as well as delicious Benny and Caesar’s Ice Cream! Additionally, the DCSPCA will sponsor pet adoption this year so please tell all your family and friends!
We are very fortunate to have the support of these wonderful people and are truly grateful for their generosity...thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!! Special thanks to Bill Green, Recreation Director of the Town of East Fishkill.
"IN LOVE THEY ARE REMEMBERED, IN MEMORY THEY LIVE"
Below: Purdue patients whose grateful family sent this picture .
Purdue Research Update from Dr.Knapp 2013:
We would like to send our most sincere thanks to all the dog families who are participating in Mickey's Mile Dog Walk this year. You are all truly making a positive difference in the fight against cancer!. Our cancer research team has a strong focus in transitional cell carcinoma "TCC". When we treat dogs with TCC, we do so to help each individual dog while learning new information that will help other dogs, and looking for successful new strategies that can be translated into human studies as well. We are very grateful that all the work leading up to this point has made TCC a highly treatable disease. There is a 75% chance that current therapies will shrink or control the cancer while providing excellent quality of life for the dogs. We know it is not likely that we will cure the TCC with exisitng therapies, therefore we must keep making progress in our research! Our TCC reseach broadly targets three fronts. First, we need to make progress in TCC prevention to have the greatest impact in the long run. Secondly, it is crucial to optimize the use of currently available drugs that have antitumor activity against TCC. Thirdly, we need to continue to advance strong basic science because that will create new knowledge leading to advances that can improve therapy and prevention strategies over the next 5-15 years. We are fortunate to be making progress on all three fronts. Regarding prevention, we are continuing to work to identify genetic and environmental risks for TCC. We are develping plans for a screening/early intervention study with the goal of finding the cancer early and intervening in an attempt to prevent it from developing into the more advanced stage we typically see now. We are working with Dr. Phil Low in the Chemistry Dept. at Purdue to administer potent anticancer drugs. These drugs will be selectively taken up by the cancer with limited exposure to normal tissue. Results to date have been promising. More information is available on the website http://www.vet.purdue.edu/pcop. Donations make a huge difference in our work. In fact more than half of our work is funded by private donations. So we cannot say thank you enough for particiating in the 2013 Mickey's Mile!
Misty (pictured here and above) lost her brother, Casey, on 11/7/2009 after a 19 month battle with TCC. Special thanks to Misty's family for their generosity and support.
MICKEY'S MILE PROCEED REPORT:
2008 - $4,800 (includes $1,000 donation from Mid-Hudson Kennel Association)
2009 - $6,255
2010 - $6,240
2011 - $6,271
2012 - $1,840
2013 - $5,105
2014 - $10,966
* 8 Year Total = $44,517
Our heartfelt gratitude to all the participants. Your generosity and continued support are responsible for the success of this very worthy walk we take together each year...