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A crowd of two-legged and four-legged walkers and joggers made their way to Brambleton Town Center this morning to break a sweat for a great cause. It was the inaugural Two by Four Race Against Childhood & Canine Cancer, an event that invited pups and people to run or walk and raise funds and awareness for cutting edge research in the cancers that impact kids and dogs.

On Sunday October 1st, two and four-legged athletes will be running and walking to help crush cancer in the inaugural Two By Four Race Against Childhood & Canine Cancer. The Canines-N-Kids Foundation and Smashing Walnuts Foundation are partnering to host this timed 5k race and un-timed 1 mile Dog Jog/Fun Run. All net proceeds will support these nonprofits’ work to raise funds and awareness for cutting-edge research in the cancers that kids and pet dogs BOTH develop. The event will also feature an awards ceremony, vendor fair, and kids and pet activities.

Canines-N-Kids Foundation's Ulrike Szalay talks with WJLA's Dr. Katy Nelson about the promise of comparative oncology to help pet dogs with cancer, and ultimately also children with those same cancer.

Walk...Run...Cure...Ulrike Szalay, CnK's Executive Director & Founder speaks with Comcast's Yolanda Vasquez about comparative oncology and its promise to move the needle in some devastating cancers kids and man's best friend both develop

Researchers are looking to dogs for help in finding better treatment options for cancer in humans – particularly, children.

For most people, there isn’t an immediate connection between pediatric and canine cancer—unless you’re an oncologist, or researcher, who works in either of these fields. Then, the similarities are striking.

Studying cancer in dogs may help in fighting cancer in children. Doreen Gentzler, NBC4 Washington Anchor, explores how man's best friend may also help us to better understand difficult cancers like osteosarcoma, lymphoma, brain cancers and others.

Biomedical research takes a long time… Way too long for patients anxiously waiting for treatments that can keep them alive or spare them agony. So, here is an idea. How about switching research’s typical drawn-out, excruciating timeline to dog years. Dog years?...So, it is no wonder that some scientists, frustrated with the irrelevance of many mouse experiments to human health, have started to take things into their hands. Some of them met last week at the initiative of the Canines-N-Kids Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to joining hands-and-paws in battling childhood cancers.

Dogs and kids develop many of the same cancers but efforts to find cures have not been widely coordinated…yet. Top cancer researchers and leaders in pediatric and veterinary medicine gathered for the first ever Paws for a Cure Summit, hosted by Canines-N-Kids Foundation—to discuss barriers and find solutions for enhancing collaborative efforts aimed at finding cures for cancers shared by kids and dogs.

There’s some good news coming out of Washington, DC this week for children and pets. I just returned from the Paws for a Cure meeting which was groundbreaking. Those of us working in the word of cancer know that dogs and kids develop many of the same cancers, but efforts to find a cure are not widely shared. We are now working to change that.

In an effort to raise awareness for pet cancer research and treatment, Blue Buffalo and Petco Foundation representatives recently visited Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square. The visit was a part of the Foundations’ annual campaign, which is held each May and focuses on raising money to fight the disease. Efforts have surpassed total of $11 million in contributions for pet cancer research and treatment since the annual campaign began in 2010...funding has been put toward innovative comparative oncology work like that at Canines-N- Kids, an organization committed to finding a cure for the devastating cancers that impact kids and man’s best friend.

Speaking of cancer is one thing, but when it comes to cancer that affects children and man’s best friend, the conversation resonates a bit differently. The Canines-N-Kids Foundation is one of Loudoun County’s newest charitable nonprofits aimed at comparative oncology research in children and dogs.

Veterinarian Dr. Cheryl London, and canine cancer patients like Zoe, team up with kids cancer doctor Dr. Katie Janeway in the field of comparative oncology. As CBS Sunday Morning reporter Susan Spencer discovered, these two eminent cancer researchers are collaborating to find a cure for osteosarcoma for both kids and dogs.

Arlene Weintraub, Forbes and Fierce Biotech writer and author of a book on Comparative Oncology (Heal), fills out the CBS story with additional texture in her piece "What 'Sunday Morning' Didn't Say About How Animals Aid Cancer Research", detailing advances in cancer medicine that are already attributable to learnings from canine cancer patients. https://www.forbes.com/sites/arleneweintraub/2017/03/12/what-sunday-morning-didnt-say-about-how-animals-aid-cancer-research/#32704e643c96

Canines-N-Kids has received a $250,000 grant and Founding Partnership from the Petco Foundation, who, with support of its Pet Cancer awareness initiative with Blue Buffalo Foundation, supports organizations working to find a cure for this devastating disease.

We are more like our dogs than we know, Dogs have physiologic and genetic similarities to people, and also develop similar diseases, including cancer and other diseases. Our ability to better understand cancer in dogs, can help humans, and [particularly kids with cancers like osteosarcoma.

Cancer therapies in pet dogs could one day help kids with cancer as well as adults, according to researchers at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in Canada

Wishing our supporters and partners a happy holiday season and thanking all for helping us launch Canines-N-Kids so successfully only a few months ago! ! 2017 promises to be a great year, in which we will work tirelessly together to make a difference in the lives of kids and canines to #endcancer.

The 21st Century Cures Act passes both houses of Congress overwhelmingly and now awaits President Obama's signature. This bill significantly increases funding for pediatric cancer, for the Moonshot, and for innovation in cancer research like comparative oncology.

Comparative oncology focuses on finding new ways to treat cancer in pets, mostly dogs, in an effort to develop innovative treatments for people and animals. The growing interest in dogs reflects researchers’ frustration with the standard approach to developing cancer treatments: testing them in lab animals, especially mice.

On Nov, 29th, #GivingTuesday - the Petco Foundation will MATCH EVERY DOLLAR donated to the Canines-N-Kids Foundation. Join us in funding life-saving research and a cure for cancers afflicting both children and man's best friend!

The National Cancer Institute will issue five-year grants worth $15 million next year to fund studies of experimental immunotherapies in dogs with cancer.

On November 3rd, “One Health Day,” we have an extraordinary opportunity to collaborate across disciplines and solve some of today’s critical global health challenges – including pediatric and canine cancer.

Today marks one year since a beautiful high school senior, Rylie Heisler heard the words she has cancer...

CNK Board Member and veterinary oncologist Dr. Cheryl London shares with US News & World Report her thoughts on the increasingly important role of treating canine cancer patients and the impact on developing human cancer treatments.

Canines-N-Kids recommends to White House Moonshot Task Force that comparative oncology - treating canine cancer patients to better understand and treat kids' cancers - become part an explicit part of the pediatric cancer drug development continuum.

Arlene Weintraub, Award winning Journalist (Forbes, Fierce, US News & World Report) and Author of "Heal, the Vital Role of Dogs in the Search for Cancer Cures," shares her perspective on comparative oncology and the progress and promise of canine clinical patients in the quest to beat cancer

Canines-N-Kids' Executive DIrector, Ulrike Szalay, shares her thoughts on the Moonshot Panel's just released goals and importance of CNK's mission against these recommendations

We love our pets. In fact half of all families in the United States have a dog.

Of all of those dogs, 4 million will develop cancer as they age. Of that 4 million, only one million will be treated for their disease due to cost and access to treatment....

Powerful trailer-to an upcoming PBS documentary on the power/promise of the canine model for human cancer medicine. Kudos to several CNK Board members including Cheryl London (Tufts/OSU) and Matthew Breen (NC State)!

Aggressive cancer research may benefit both man and animals, and because many cancers in dogs so closely resemble human cancer, the clinical trials used for dogs can provide meaningful results for humans, too.

A new collaborative research program pairs oncologists who treat childhood and adult sarcomas with veterinarians who manage the same cancers in canine patients.

They've both been with us for a very long time. One is a cherished friend... and the other, a hated enemy.

According to Arlene Weintraub, dogs and cancer are becoming increasingly intertwined. In her new book, she explores the fascinating roles that "Man's best friend" is playing in the search for a cure.

Will Eward, DVM, MD, works to find better treatments for a cancer called sarcoma. It makes no difference to him that half of his patients walk on four legs and bark at the doorbell.

Meet Denali. Denali is enrolled in Dr. Nicola Mason's new osteosarcoma clinical trial for dogs that have not had limb amputation. CBS News catches up with Denali and his owners, and Dr. Mason.

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