Raising money to help fight pet cancer is a very personal challenge for so many of us at Veterinary Pet Insurance. Every time I help with one of our fund-raising events I am re-energized by the passion displayed by our fellow pet-lovers who bring turn out to help us. Seems everyone as these events knows the heartache of losing a pet to cancer, and we unite to try to make the future a little bit better.
It was just such an event that brought me to Denver over the weekend, to help with our Fourth Annual Denver VPI K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk. As you might gather from the “fourth annual” we’ve been doing this particular fund-raiser for a while in Denver, where some of our VPI associates live and work. (I was also there to see the new offices for these associates … pretty nice!) We also do one in Long Beach, Calif., which is closer to our home office in Brea, Calif.
Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, who is very well-known in the veterinary community for his high-visibility role on the Animal Planet show, “Emergency Vets” as well as his work as a speaker and stand-up comic, was our Grand Marshall. He brought his own dog, Yoda, a 15-year-old cancer survivor. I enjoyed meeting them both. Dr. Fitzgerald is still a member of the staff of the VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver.
In all, more than 200 people walked with their pets, and almost $17,000 was raised for the Animal Cancer Foundation. What a good day for the fight against pet cancer!