Here's your hub for staying current with the latest new news about the Canines-N-Kids Foundation, our work and related happenings.

Be sure to check back regularly to get our latest news updates.

New England's iconic retailer, The Black Dog company has created an adorable, durable Huggle Hound toy to benefit Canines-N-Kids Foundation's efforts to Crush Cancers kids & pups both develop. A portion of the proceeds of each "Besty" sale benefit CnK. Get yours today only on the Black Dog's website at

A field of study known as “comparative oncology” is emerging as a promising means to help cure cancer. Comparative oncology researchers study the similarities between naturally occurring cancers in pets and cancers in people in order to provide clues to treat cancer more effectively, and is particularly hopeful in cancers children and dogs both develop.

Our four-legged furry friends may have even more benefits than being a faithful and loving companion, as CnK's Dr. Cheryl London & team from the Tufts University and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), an affiliate of City of Hope, have just uncovered that a rare bone cancer in children—known as osteosarcoma (OS)— is genetically similar in dogs. The researchers are optimistic that the findings could help break the logjam in the treatment of this deadly disease, which hasn’t seen a significant medical breakthrough in nearly three decades.

CNN reports on work of Dr. Stephen Johnston (Arizona State, Center for Innovations in Medicine) and Doug Thamm (CSU Flint Animal Cancer Center) and a clinical trial of an anti-cancer Vaccine being evaluated in about 100 canine cancer patients around the country. If it works, human patients could be next!

Dr. Kristy Richards, MD, PhD, Physician, Oncologist and Researcher in comparative lymphoma lost her own brave battle against cancer on March 30, 2019. Dr. Richards served on CnK's Medical & Scientific Advisory Board and was just recognized in November 2018 by Canines- N-Kids Foundation as the first woman recipient of the Trailblazer Award for her groundbreaking interdisciplinary work treating cancer in dogs with a goal to develop therapies for humans with lymphoma. . A brilliant researcher, Dr. Richards' energy, passion and collaborative-mindedness is an inspiration that will continue to drive our work to Crush Cancer @ Both Ends of the Leash.

DOGS AREN’T CALLED ​man’s​ best friend for nothing. Our canine companions are helping researchers learn more about cancer, with the hope of providing better treatments for dogs and children. These efforts were on display at the first Paws for a Cure Research Symposium​. The meeting, held in Boston in November 2018, brought together more than 200 pediatric oncologists, veterinary oncologists, researchers and cancer survivors looking to identify and build on the commonalities between cancers that develop in children and dogs.

BOSTON, Ma. (November 14, 2018)—In search of a cure, several hundred leaders representing different aspects of the veterinary, pediatric, oncology, and the pharma industry came together for the Canines-N-Kids Foundation’s Paws for a Cure Research Symposium co-hosted by Merck at its Research Laboratories in Boston to discuss ways to accelerate cancer drug development for cancers that children and canines both develop. Canines-N-Kids Foundation is a nonprofit committed to promoting research that integrates efforts for the benefit of both kids and dogs with cancer.

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

At UC Davis, hundreds of dogs are participating in clinical trials of novel cancer treatments that certainly have application in animal medicine, but possibly in human medicine as well. Veterinary oncology is a field that extends animal research outside the vivarium deep into the public realm, with fascinating possibilities for human medicine.

Canines-N-Kids Foundation is hosting the Paws for a Cure Research Symposium this November at the Merck Research Laboratories in Boston. The Foundation hopes to examine challenges and progress in accelerating cancer drug development for cancers shared between children and dogs.

PhRMA Blog Highlights Canines-N-Kids Founder Executive Director, Ulrike Szalay and efforts to bring the community together to solve difficult shared childhood and canine cancers.

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...

Canines-N-Kids Foundation is co-hosting with Merck pharmaceuticals the Paws for a Cure Research Symposium ( November 12-13, 2018 at the Merck Research Laboratories in Boston) to examine challenges and progress in accelerating cancer drug development for shared cancers that children and canines both develop,

At ASCO, the largest gathering of medical oncologists and drug developers (June1-5, Chicago) CnK debuted its efforts to beat shared cancers in children and man's best friend!

People share many things with the dogs in their lives. Unfortunately, that can include a tendency to develop brain tumors. Dogs and humans are among the few species that spontaneously develop naturally occurring brain tumors. Those tumors have a lot in common, too, which has led scientists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham to wonder whether studying tumors in dogs will help treat humans, and whether studying tumors in humans will help treat man’s best friend.

CnK Announces 2018 Two By Four Sponsorship Opportunities for September 29 Brambleton Race

Medical researchers are posing an intriguing question, could man's best friend hold a key to curing cancer?

It's a growing trend in the field of medicine where doctors are looking to dogs in finding new treatments for cancer, as they have more in common with humans than one would think.

When the littlest patients battle cancer, more hospitals are now opening their doors to specially-trained dogs in the hopes a wagging tail, soft fur and playful paws can help kids in the way conventional drugs can’t.

But how effective is animal therapy in such cases? New research by American Humane and several children’s hospitals, believed to be the first and largest randomized controlled study on the subject, had some unexpected results.

In the thousands of years they’ve been domesticated, dogs have helped humans in many ways, from herding sheep and cattle to performing search and rescue duties after disasters. Now dogs have begun aiding us in what might be the most important way yet: finding new ways to fight cancer.

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

On the one year anniversary of Canines-N-Kids Foundation, Ulrike Szalay talks about our mission and gives a sneak peak on CnK's soon to be unveiled grassroots fund & awareness raising program, the BARKE SALE!

New research to improve the effectiveness of promising new treatments using immunotherapies – a class of therapies that use the body’s immune system to fight cancer without nasty side effects – could prove mutually beneficial to both dogs and people.

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.

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....

Powered by Firespring