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 11th, 2016. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Pre-registration is preferred. Goodie bags will be given to all participants.
This year’s special event will be a "Sniff and Seek" 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). Benny and Caesar's will be offering delicious food and Ice Cream treats! Guest s of Honor will enjoy treats donated by Ruff Cuts Dog Salon and Boutique. Additionally, the DCSPCA will sponsor pet adoption this year so please tell all your family and friends! Special Thanks to Adams Fences for donating a dog park for the day reserved for Mickey's Mile participants.
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 :
To All the Participant of Mickey's Mile Dog Walk:
We would like to send our most sincere thank you to everyone participating in the 2015 Mickey's Mile Dog Walk. You are all truly making a positive difference in the fight against cancer. And this year we have an exciting added bonus from the Brandi Cancer Challenge Fund! We are deeply honored to be part of this wonderul event that brings together the stories of two beloved dogs, Mickey and Brandi, and doubles the impact of the funds raised to fight the disease that afflicted them. We have been challenged to raise $900,000 this year and if we succeed , Brandi's Challenge Fund will donate an additional $100,000 to total one million dollaars. This money will be used exclusively for cancer research. The support generated in memory of Mickey is tremendously important to the research we are doing on multiple fronts to combat canine cancer. Our cancer research team in Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine has a strong focus on transitional cell carcinoma. This disease in dogs is virtually identical to invasive bladder cancer in humans and advances in treating dogs with with TCC can help both species. We are involved in a clinical trial based on a Purdue discovery that revealed an excessive uptake of the vitamin folate by certain cancers. We continue working with Dr. Phil Low in Pudue University's Chemistry department to administer potent anticancer drugs attached to folate - a promising strategy with the goal of enabling these drugs to be selectively taken up by the cancer with limited exposure and toxicity to normal tissues. All of you participating in Mickey's Mile are a true inspiration to everyone on the Purdue Comparative Oncology Program team and we thank you SO MUCH!
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
2015 - $5,280
* 9 Year Total = $49,797
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...