Pet Cancer Awareness Walk Goes to the Dogs

VPI Pet Insurance Raises more than $10,000 for Pet Cancer Research at the Second Annual Denver VPI K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk

Brea, Calif. (June 12, 2012) – Nearly two hundred people and their furry, four-legged family members came out to Washington Park in Denver, Colo. on June 10 to support and raise funds for pet cancer research at the second annual Denver VPI K9K Cancer Awareness Walk. Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation’s oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, hosted the 3K (1.8 miles) walk, which raised more than $10,000 to benefit the Animal Cancer Foundation (ACF), a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for cancer by funding research in comparative oncology, the study of naturally occurring cancers in pets and people. Since 2007, VPI has raised more than $108,000 to benefit the ACF.

“VPI has helped the Animal Cancer Foundation generate public awareness about the number one disease-related killer of dogs in the United States,” said Barbara Cohen, executive director, ACF. “Funds raised at the Denver VPI K9K, and similar VPI-sponsored events, are used to develop and support comparative oncology research that advances the prevention and treatment of cancer for people and pets.”

Among the participants at the Denver VPI K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk were Colorado Congressman Mike Coffman and “Team Buckley.” The group walked in honor of Coffman’s dog Buckley, whom he recently lost to cancer.

“VPI received more than 50,000 claims for cancer diagnosis and treatment in 2011, and we’re committed to increasing awareness about the prevalence of this deadly disease among companion animals,” said Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. “Through our partnership with the ACF, we are able to raise funds and educate pet owners about the signs and symptoms of pet cancer, as well as the importance of being financially prepared should their pet be stricken with the disease.” To promote pet cancer awareness and research, VPI will host a second K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk this year on Sunday, Nov. 11 in Long Beach, Calif.

To learn more about pet cancer and tips for detecting pet cancer, go to www.petinsurance.com/cancer. For more information about the Animal Cancer Foundation, please visit www.acfoundation.org.

About Veterinary Pet Insurance

With more than 485,000 pets insured nationwide, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co./DVM Insurance Agency (VPI) is a member of the Nationwide Insurance family of companies and is the oldest and largest pet health insurance company in the United States. Since 1982, VPI has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers.

VPI Pet Insurance plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. CareGuard® coverage for routine care is available for an additional premium. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, nearly 3,000 companies nationwide offer VPI Pet Insurance as an employee benefit. Policies are offered and administered by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and DVM Insurance Agency in all other states. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A rated company (2012); National Casualty Company (all other states), Madison, WI, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2012). Pet owners can find VPI Pet Insurance on Facebook or follow @VPI on Twitter. For more information about VPI Pet Insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit petinsurance.com.

About Animal Cancer Foundation

Animal Cancer Foundation (ACF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for cancer by funding research in and increasing public awareness of comparative oncology, the study of naturally occurring cancers in pets and people. ACF provides research grants to medical and veterinary oncology professionals studying comparative oncology models. ACF does not fund studies that would induce cancer in pets. Clinical trials are offered to pet owners in their local oncology practices. ACF serves as a preeminent resource in educating the public and scientific communities to the value of the comparative oncology model not only to discover valuable new ways to treat cancer in pets, but that these advances may lead to more effective, less toxic therapies for people.


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