Support the 2015 Des Moines Puppy Up! Cancer Walk

By on September 2, 2015

On September 19, 2015, community members and animal advocates have an opportunity to come together in the name of cancer research (and fun!) at the 2015 Des Moines Puppy Up! Walk. From 9 am to 12 pm at Gray’s Lake Overlook Terrace, enjoy a number of activities with your pup including a costume contest, the Walk itself and a host of area vendors who share your love of animals. Puppy Up! is a great event held each year and this year’s two-mile walk and silent auction will help promote awareness of canine cancer and raise funds for cancer research.

From the Puppy Up! Des Moines web site: It began with a promise to raise awareness of canine cancer one mile, one city, and one person at a time. Luke Robinson, with his dogs has walked 4,000 miles across America to fulfill the promise he made to his dog Malcolm who died from this horrible disease.

The PuppyUp Foundation was formed because of the promise Robinson made years ago, to find out why dogs are getting cancer and why they are getting the same cancers that humans get.

Through the PuppyUp Walks, we are building one of the largest pet and people cancer communities in the world. Thousands are walking with us to bring awareness to comparative oncology, the study of cancer in pets and people.

To date, Puppy Up! has donated over $172,000 for a comparative oncology study of mammary tumors at Princeton University,  $40,000 to MIT and Harvard’s Broad Institute for studies on osteosarcoma (bone cancer) and Mast Cell Tumors, an a grant of $80,000 was given to the Animal Medical Center of New York and Memorial Sloan Kettering to study transitional cell carcinoma (TCC).


Puppy Up!’s scientific objectives are:

1.) Broadening our understanding of the links between human and companion animal cancer,

2.) developing new approaches to research,

3.) and funding translational cancer studies that benefit both pets and people.


The PuppyUp Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.


Event Info:

When: Sept. 19, 2015, 9 am to noon

Where: 2101 Fleur Drive – South Entrance


9:00 am – 10:00 am Registration

9:00 am – 12:00 pm Vendors, Entertainment, Children’s Activities & Silent Auction

10:15 am Presentation: Grand Marshall & Cancer Survivors

10:30 am Puppy Up Walk around the lake

11:30 am Dog Costume Contest

11:45 am Presentations: top teams and top individuals


Event fees: Pre-Register online by 9/4:  $ 20.00

Registration 9/5 & through day of walk: $ 30.00

Youth Registration (under 14)    Free

Fundraiser          No Fees

Vendor Booth* – for Profit           $ 50

Vendor Booth* – Nonprofit         $ 25


For more information on how to register, become a vendor or provide other support, please visit the Puppy Up! Des Moines website here.

Also, if you can’t attend but would like to support the cause, a goal of $20,000 in funds raised has been set for the event. You can donate to Puppy Up! by clicking here.

About Eric Forrest

Eric Forrest is a student, teacher, writer and dad. He's had 5 dogs, 4 cats, two ducks and a cottontail rabbit he nursed back to health. When he's not writing about pets, he's writing essays, teaching literature, changing diapers and reading short stories.

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