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Puppy Up Walk supports cancer research

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FITCHBURG (WKOW) -- People were walking their dogs in the fight against cancer Sunday at Wisconsin's first Puppy Up Walk.

The event is put on nationwide by a non profit called 2 Million Dogs, which funds oncology research that benefits both pets and people. More than 500 people showed up for the Puppy Up Walk at McKee Farms Park in Fitchburg.

Organizers say the walk is a way to bring the community together with its four-legged friends.

"I think animals always bring out the best in people, and an event like this has just been amazing to get to know so many people," says Kai-Biu Shiu, with Veterinary Emergency Service in Middleton. "I think at every single meeting there were tears shed, so many memories and people are doing this in honor of someone whether it be a dog, a cat, or a person that has lost a battle with cancer."

A goal of Puppy Up is to find links between human cancers and cancer in pets. Dogs can develop brain, breast, lung and many other cancers, just like people.

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