Dogs & their humans walk to support canine cancer cure

Updated: Sep. 28, 2019 at 7:41 PM EDT
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - It wasn't a typical walk in Thompson Park for Tyson.

He and other dogs walked in Watertown's Thompson Park Saturday in support of curing canine cancer.

Not only is Tyson a supporter, he's a survivor.

And for nearly a year, he's been cancer free.

Debbie Madill is his owner. She's been part of the Making a Mark on Canine Cancer walk since its start four years ago.

"Losing a pet in the past to cancer and Tyson having cancer last year -- yeah, so it means a lot to me that I can support the cause," she said.

The walk is put on by the nonprofit organization called Paws for Potter.

Veterinarian Kyle Stevenson is the founder of the organization and the walk itself.

It's named in memory of her dog Potter.

"I lost my best friend Potter to an aggressive heart-based cancer in 2015," Stevenson said. "I wanted a way to deal with my grief and also reach out to other people to let them know more about pet cancer awareness."

Part of the proceeds from the walk go to the National Canine Cancer Foundation (NCCF). The organization uses that money to research cures for canine cancer.

Jennifer Lieberman is NCCF’s Albany Chapter Coordinator. “Couple years ago they did actually make a breakthrough for a medication to help against hermangiosarcoma, which is a really aggressive type of canine cancer,” she said, “so we’re definitely making steps in the right direction.”

She says when it comes to finding canine cancer, it's better to air on the side of caution, something Madill thinks is true with any potential cancer case.

"Early detection is key to any type of cancer, whether it's pets or humans," Madill said.

With more support from people and pups, there could be more survivors like Tyson.

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