Otterbein University Students to Host the 3rd Annual 5k for K-9 Cancer Run/Walk to Raise Awareness for Canine Cancer

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The 5k for K-9 Cancer run/walk is organized by Otterbein University’s Sport Management Event Planning class, who hope it will educate and raise awareness for canine cancer and to honor the memory of Newman and all the other dogs that have run the final race against this terrible disease. Their goal is to raise $30,000+, with 100% of the proceeds going to The MedVet Charitable Foundation for clinical investigation of the diagnosis and treatment of canine cancer.

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Canine Cancer affects one out of every three dogs. Of those, over half of them will die. Cancer is also the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of 10.

Dogs and dog lovers are invited to participate in the 3rd Annual 5k for K-9 Cancer Run/Walk on Otterbein University’s Cross Country course located at 350 N. Cleveland Avenue, Westerville, OH. This family and dog friendly event will be held on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016, from 9:00am-12:00pm. Registration begins at 9:00am and the race starts at 10:00am (with the 5k runners lining up first, followed by the 5k walkers, then the 1mile walkers). Pre-registration entry fee is $20 without receiving an event t-shirt or $25 with an event t-shirt. On-site registration fee is $25 without receiving an event t-shirt or $30 with an event t-shirt. Can’t make it to the event? Be a virtual participant and run or walk anywhere, anytime. Just $30 to register and receive an event t-shirt (shipping and handling included).

The 5k for K-9 Cancer run/walk is organized by Otterbein University’s Sport Management Event Planning class, who hope it will educate and raise awareness for canine cancer. Their goal is to raise $30,000+, with 100% of the proceeds going to The MedVet Charitable Foundation earmarked for clinical investigation of the diagnosis and treatment of canine cancer. In addition to the 5k run, the event will also include 5k and 1 mile walks, dog contests, paw print art; an online silent auction, educational materials/informational presentations; and dog/pet-related exhibitors/vendors. Race awards will be given to the top three male and female runners along with special prizes for winners of the contests. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The event was inspired by Hilary Seif, a current Otterbein employee and dog owner who lost her Golden Retriever, Newman, to cancer in the summer of 2013. Canine Cancer affects one out of every three dogs. Of those, over half of them will die. Cancer is also the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of 10. The warning signs of cancer in dogs are very similar to that in people. A lump or a bump, a wound that doesn’t heal, any kind of swelling, enlarged lymph nodes, a lameness or swelling in the bone, abnormal bleeding. But sometimes there are little or no signs in the early stages of the disease.

With the help of Otterbein University’s Sport Management Event Planning class, volunteers, 5k participants, sponsors/donors, and you, we can all make this an event that will bring dog lovers together and raise funds and awareness for a worthy cause. So join your dog, have loads of fun, and enjoy the day!

To learn more about the event and how to register or become a sponsor, donor, or exhibitor, visit: http://www.otterbein.edu/5kK9cancerrunwalk

Contact: Hilary Seif, hseif(at)otterbein(dot)edu, 614-203-6098

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