March 26, 2014
Westerville, OH—Dogs and dog lovers are invited to participate in the family-friendly 5K for K-9 Cancer Run/Walk from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at Otterbein University’s Cross Country course, 350 N. Cleveland Ave. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the race starts at 10:30 a.m. The entry fee is $20 without receiving an event t-shirt or $25 with an event t-shirt. The event is open to the public and all proceeds benefit the MedVet Charitable Foundation.
The 5K for K-9 Cancer Run/Walk is organized by Otterbein students, who hope it will educate and raise awareness for canine cancer in central Ohio. Their goal is to raise at least $10,000, with all of the proceeds earmarked for clinical investigation of the diagnosis and treatment of canine cancer. In addition to the 5K, the event will feature contests, an obstacle course challenge, silent auction, educational materials, informational presentations, exhibitors, and family-friendly activities like inflatable games and paw print art.
The event was inspired by Hilary Seif, a current Otterbein employee and dog owner who lost her golden retriever, Newman, to cancer in the summer of 2013. Canine cancer affects one out of every three dogs; more than half of them will die as a result. Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of 10. The warning signs of cancer in dogs are similar to those in people, including lumps or bumps; wounds that don’t heal; any kind of swelling; enlarged lymph nodes; lameness or swelling in the bone; and abnormal bleeding. But sometimes there are little or no signs in the early stages of the disease.
With the help of Otterbein University’s Event Planning class, volunteers, participants, sponsors and donors, dog lovers can come together and raise funds and awareness for a worthy cause.
To learn more about the event and how to register or become a sponsor, donor, or exhibitor, visit http://www.otterbein.edu/Events/5kk9cancerrunwalk.