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Denison Dog Walk Fundraiser Helping Fight Canine Cancer

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DENISON, TX -- Dogs join in on a special walk this afternoon to help fight a disease that affects both pets and their owners.

For the third year, the PuppyUp walk was held in Denison. Organizers say there were slightly fewer people than last year but about 100 people signed up, and they have a big goal -- to fight cancer.

Participants walked a course at Waterloo Park, many remembering the dogs they no longer have. "We lost a dog a year ago with bone cancer and we just wrote on the memory board over there," says walker Trent Bass.

"We had to have him put down. We'd had him for about five years, so it was pretty rough," says volunteer and Austin College student Jordan Benson.

Denison resident Pamela Pyle says her dog, "Sweet Pea," had a tumor removed this spring, but it was the loss of her Great Pyrenees that got her started organizing this event.

"I worked very hard for about six months to get her well -- she was a rescue dog -- and she got sick one day and I took her to the vet and he diagnosed her with cancer," says Pyle. "She had a tumor on her heart and she died within two days."

The walk took the dogs and their owners on a 1.5 mile course around Waterloo Lake. The proceeds go to Two Million Dogs, a national non-profit based in Memphis that funds research on dog cancers.

"Comparative oncology," says Pyle. "They study cancer that has been taken from dogs."

"Dogs get the same kind of cancer as humans do, so any type of cancer we can get, they can get," says walk organizing committee member Dawn Perdue.

Bass says his daughter took it hard after losing a greyhound named Chase. "When we found out, it was in its late stages. He just started limping one day, and before we knew it, was in so much pain."
"He was a really good dog," Bass's daughter says.

Pyle says the first year they took in $4,000, but they expect to raise $25,000 this year, making a larger step in an effort to save more of these four-legged friends.

"I know that there is a better place and if we can find a cure for cancer in dogs, then we can find a cure for cancer in humans," says event volunteer of the year Jeri Waterloo.

Pyle says the foundation supports cancer research projects that affect dogs. Two Million Dogs was started by a man who walked cross-country in 2008 after losing his dog to cancer, and his vision was to get two million dogs walking around the U.S.