On Sunday, September 24th, 2017, more than 40 four-legged companions, as well as 40 participants are expected at the walk-a-thon: Paws for Hope of the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), a fundraising activity that contributes to saving more lives, one step at a time. The event will be held at Centennial Park in Dollard-des-Ormeaux.
A walk that “pays ” one step at a time
To participate, each walker must collect donations before the event on behalf of their dog and turn up on D-Day (rain or shine) to walk a few kilometres in good company. The minimum suggested collection is $100 per animal. Those who would like to walk a second dog will have to raise an additional $50 at least. The activity will include some entertainment and information kiosks on canine health and grooming at the venue. In some events, fans of canicross, the sport of cross-country running with a dog attached to the runner, are also welcome. Please visit pawsforhope.ca for more information.
The dog: an ally against cancer
Several studies show that dogs, which have a highly developed sense of smell, can potentially detect (smell) some cancers early on. This could lead to the development of tests for the early detection of cancer in human beings. In addition to inspiring research projects, dogs help people with cancer cope better with this ordeal. In fact, it has been proven that the presence of a pet brings comfort and reassurance to patients. Another advantage of being a dog owner is that the animal breaks the home-bound routine. It increases the physical activity of its masters by forcing them to go out to walk the dog. An effective way to possibly prevent some cancers.
“There are a million dogs in Quebec. The CCS’s Paws for Hope walk-a-thon is a simple, fun and original way of fundraising to fight against all cancers. It’s also a way to prevent cancer, if the young and old get into the habit of walking with the pooch! Register now because it pays to walk,” says Mallorie Casey, the CCS’s local spokesperson.
In 2017, eight Paws for Hope walk-a-thons have been planned in different cities across Quebec. The activity is sponsored at the provincial level by Mondou. “Four-legged companions” and their masters can participate in the Canadian Cancer Society’s Paws for Hope by registering online at pawsforhope.ca or contacting one of the CCS’s regional offices.
About the Canadian Cancer Society
With the support of 300,000 annual donors and 30,000 volunteers, the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is the Quebec charity with the potential to save the most lives. Each year, some 135,000 Quebecers turn to it. So, the CCS does everything it can to increase the overall cancer survival rate, currently at 63%, to 80%.
The money raised by the CCS helps:
– prevent more cancers and demand laws that protect public health
– fund more research projects
– support more people living with cancer
For more information visit, cancer.ca or call 1 888 939-3333.