Mickey’s Mile Dog Walk Celebrates Ten Years of Fundraising for PVM Canine Cancer Research

August 4, 2016

A participant in Mickey's Mile is eager to start the one-mile walk.
A participant in Mickey's Mile is eager to start the one-mile walk.

This past June marked the tenth year that dog lovers have gathered in Hopewell Junction, N.Y., to walk with their dogs in memory of a dog named Mickey and support Purdue Veterinary Medicine canine cancer research. On Saturday, June 11, the Mickey's Mile Dog Walk for Canine Cancer Research raised $5,363, bringing the total amount raised over the walk's ten-year span to more than $55,000.

Camille Vassari has been organizing Mickey's Mile as a tribute to her West Highland Terrier, Mickey, since 2007. Mickey was ten-years-old when cancer claimed his life in 2006, inspiring Camille to start the walk to raise awareness and funds the next year on his birthday, May 26. For a decade, pet owners have continued to support the heartwarming cause, walking for all dogs like Mickey. Camille said, "Cancer takes a devastating toll on pets, their families, and the people who provide their medical care." She added, "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."

The tenth annual Mickey's Mile was held at the East Fishkill Community Center and featured a "Sniff and Seek" contest, raffle, pet programs and organizations, food, music, vendors, goodie bags with bandanas and sunglasses, and an agility demonstration. Dr. Deborah Knapp, PVM's Dolores L. McCall Professor of Comparative Oncology, said she wanted to commend everyone involved. "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!" Click here for more information about Purdue Comparative Oncology Program research.

The Hudson Valley News Network (HVNN.com) published a story about the event in the days leading up to the walk. Click here to view the story. Click here to see a video report about the 2015 walk.

Jasper, who belongs to Mickey's Mile organizer Camille Vassari, shows-off a Mickey's Mile bandanna at the 10th annual walk to raise funds for PVM canine cancer research.

Jasper, who belongs to Mickey's Mile organizer Camille Vassari, shows-off a Mickey's Mile bandanna at the 10th annual walk to raise funds for PVM canine cancer research.

 

Some of the Mickey's Mile participants rock their new bandanas and get ready to walk with their owners.

Some of the Mickey's Mile participants rock their new bandanas and get ready to walk with their owners.

 

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu


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