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Grab two clean dog bowls, a can of whipped cream and your favorite canine friend and take part in something worthwhile and fun: the Canines-N-Kids Foundation’s #DogBowlChallenge to help #LickCancer!

With the end of the year and Christmas holidays quickly approaching, The Canines-N-Kids Foundation (CNK) has launched our Holiday Giving Campaign. Our goal this year is to raise $15,000 through this campaign, to fund comparative research of cancers that affect canines and children similarly, including bone and brain cancers, lymphoma and leukemia.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (known as Virginia Tech) - located in Blacksburg, Virginia - recently opened a 139,000 square foot addition to the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at the Virginia Tech Carilion Medical School (VTC) in Roanoke.  The campus is “dedicated to biomedical research and training the next generation of leading biomedical scientists, while facilitating discovery-based medical education,” according to a November 12 article in the Roanoke Star.

Now you have the chance to share your passion and the mission of Canines-N-Kids with your community every time you go out! We are thrilled to announce #CrushCancer masks are available for purchase and shipping starting September 15th. This small act is a huge support and helps to create awareness of our organization and our mission.

Registration has now begun for The Canines-N-Kids Foundation’s fourth annual Two by Four Race Against Childhood and Canine Cancer. Because of the hazards surrounding group gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, this fundraising event will be held virtually this year. Participants can register [HERE] to run/walk alone or with a four-legged friend – and should complete their one-mile trek anytime between Saturday, September 12 and Monday, October 12.

Registration is open for the 2020 Paws for a Cure Research Symposium - an all- virtual conference, which will be presented September 29th and 30th, 1:00-5:00 EDT, and will be free of charge to all attendees. Attendees will hear from leaders from the pediatric and canine cancer community  to explore innovative science, encourage more collaboration and accelerate progress in solving cancers shared by children and man’s best friend.

We're nearly in the "Dog Days of Summer", and in difficult and unprecedented times. Many camps and summer programs are not running, the pools are closed, and the kids are getting restless. We want to keep our children safe, yet we don’t want them to while away their precious summer days in front of the Xbox or iPhone.Canines-N-Kids Foundation's socially-distant “Barke Sale” is a wonderful educational activity and also fundraiser for that can be hosted outside, almost anywhere - and for a great cause: to help us Crush Cancer @ Both Ends of the Leash!

Project Hearts & Tails works directly with hospitals to provide support packages meant to bring comfort and hope to young cancer patients. Within each package is a copy of a beautiful children’s book written by Canines-N-Kids’ founder Ulrike Szalay, called  “We’ll Get Through This Together,” as well as a black Labrador plush toy friend.

CnK Advisory Board member Dr. Keila Torres is cancer surgeon at MD Anderson, and the mother of three Labrador retrievers and the author of the Sniffing for a Cure Blog and Guest Author of the CnK Blog this month, describing the devastating cancer our pets and kids share, and the efforts of the Paws for a Cure Symposium to help us Crush Cancer @ Both Ends of the Leash

September is about Gold Ribbons signifying awareness in the fight against Childhood Cancer, but here at Canines-N-Kids, we are integrating our canine cancer patients with naturally occurring disease as a major ally in that fight. READ MORE...

Program Bakes a Way to Raise Awareness, Funds to Fight Cancers Kids & Dogs Both Develop

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

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.

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.

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.

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