FORT COLLINS â€” After Luke Robinson lost a Great Pyrenees dog to cancer, he and his two remaining dogs took a walk â€” a long walk.
The trio walked 2,000 miles over two years, from Austin, Texas, to Boston, Mass., to share his story and raise awareness about cancer in dogs.
That effort grew into a foundation and a national effort to bring dogs and owners together to raise money for cancer research to benefit both people and dogs.
Fort Collins and 11 other communities across the country held the 2 Million Dogs Foundationâ€™s first Puppy Up walks on Sunday.
One of Robinsonâ€™s other dogs, 9-year-old Great Pyrenees Murphy, was treated for nasal cancer at Colorado State University in August.
Robinson told the crowd who gathered in a fierce wind early Sunday afternoon at Fossil Creek Park that he wanted to send a message â€œthat dogs get cancer just like humans.â€
During his cross-country walk, he said, one man in Arkansas questioned his effort, telling him, â€œSon, dogs is dogs.â€
â€œI donâ€™t believe that,â€ Robinson said. Dogs are more than dogs, they represent our humanity, he said.
He walked on Sunday with his dogs Murphy and Hudson.
His foundation asserts that canine cancer research can benefit both humans and dogs because pets are exposed to many of the environmental risks that people are and their cancer cells are biologically comparable.
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