Pets are more than just our best friends, they become part of our family. Our dogs are there for us when we need them most: when we have a bad day, when we’re feeling sick, or when we just need a good cuddle. And we take care of them like our own, so when they get sick, they look to us to help. Although our furry friends are pretty resilient, they’re not immune to everything and can still get sick. Statistically, 50% of dogs over the age of 10 develop cancer at some point. It’s a widespread illness that can really take a toll on our pets. Pet cancer can be caused by everything to lifestyle to your dog’s genetics.
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Luckily, there are people working to find a cure for pet cancer, and Colorado State University’s One Cure is just one of those organizations. One Cure is a division of CSU’s Flint Animal Care Center (FACC), a cancer research centre that focuses on helping dogs who have the disease. One Cure’s mission is to find a solution for sick pups, because family always comes first.The FACC services over 1,500 new animal cancer patients every year and they don’t show any signs of stopping.
It’s so important that we keep looking for cures, and continue to raise awareness about animal cancer. One Cure has recently partnered up with the most unlikely of organizations: NASCAR. Who would have thought that the premiere auto-racing company would partner up with One Cure? Turns out, it’s a match made in heaven.
In order to help One Cure gain exposure and raise money for canine cancer research, it has partnered with race car driver Danica Patrick to create a design for her latest racecar. Patrick set the record in 2015 for the most top-10 finishes of any woman in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Competition and is a force to be reckoned with when she’s behind the wheel. But she’s not only a top-tier NASCAR driver, she’s also a big animal lover, and her soft spot is with her two dogs, Dallas and Ella. Dallas is an adorable blue eyed golden husky, and Ella is an sweet Belgian Malinois that was added to the pack in September 2015. The pair follow Danica everywhere, and their specialized training allows them to deal with her hectic schedule, both on and off the track.
She and her team have partnered up with sponsor Code 3 Associates to promote One Cure on her car. The design features One Cure’s logo with oh-so-cute paw print decals. They’re also using superheroine Wonder Woman as a tie in to promote the One Cure colour scheme to gain even more exposure for this important cause.
Danica Patrick is the perfect woman for the job, raising awareness about One Cure because of her love of pets.“I love animals so much.I love them more than people, I think. Is that bad?”
Definitely not, Danica. We think animals are pretty great too.
To learn more about One Cure or to donate to help fund animal cancer research, visit http://www.csuanimalcancercenter.org/onecure.