NY Fundraiser Generates PVM Canine Cancer Research Funding

July 18, 2014

In memory of two beloved canines, Mickey and Brandi, dog walkers in New York generated more than $10,000 in funding to support canine cancer research at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.  The Eighth Annual Mickey’s Mile Dog Walk for Canine Cancer Research was held last month in Hopewell Junction, N.Y., as a tribute to a West Highland Terrier that died from cancer in 2006.  The owner, Camille Vassari, established Mickey’s Mile the next year to coincide with its namesake's birthday and to raise awareness and funds.  On June 14, the 150 participants raised nearly $5,500, which is being matched, dollar for dollar, by the Brandi Cancer Challenge Fund, to bring the grand total to $10,976.  The Challenge Fund was created by Evan and Sue Ann Werling of Nashville, Ind., last fall as a tribute to their dog, Brandi, which was another cancer victim.  “It is a pleasure to work for such an important cause,” said Camille.  “We were proud to take part in the Brandi Cancer Challenge…I am very grateful for the generosity and support Mickey's Mile received from our loyal participants. Mickey and Brandi certainly made a difference. It is amazing what can be accomplished when people care.”

“Cinnamon,” a 13-year-old Beagle that is a being treated for bladder cancer, wears a Mickey’s Mile bandanna as his owners (far left and right), Mark and Bette Neigut of Hendersonville, Tenn., join Purdue Comparative Oncology Program Director Debbie Knapp (center right) and senior oncology technologist Patty Bonney in a show of thanks for the Mickey’s Mile fundraiser.

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu

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