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Additional race information can be found at https://shadeoutdm.com/hippity-hop-virtual-hope.
2020 Hippity Hop Virtual Hope Walk by #ShadeOutDM
DM - Degenerative Myelopathy (also known as the Canine version of ALS / Lou Gehrig's Disease) is a genetic disease that can affect over 100 breeds of dogs! It is caused by a degeneration of white matter in the spinal cord (the fibers that transmit movement commands from the brain to the legs) and typically occurs between 8-14 years of age (while some may develop the symptoms even sooner). It presents first with the loss of coordination of one of the hind legs and over time will typically worsen and result in paralysis of both hind legs. Most dogs will become incontinent (both bowels and urine - which can lead to Urinary Tract Infections), and over time, this debilitating disease will progress to paralysis in the front legs, organ failure and respiratory failure. DM is OFTEN misdiagnosed as many vets do not know about DM. It CAN be PREVENTED by genetic testing prior to breeding & making well educated choices!!! The numbers of PUPS that are developing it now are GROWING!!! NOW is the TIME to SPEAK for the PUPS!!!
During this time of COVID-19 Social Distancing, we need to do what we can to keep our Mental Health strong so we are setting up this FREE activity for you & your pups to participate VIRTUALLY!!! Register for the event & choose a WARRIOR TEAM... we would love to have your pics posted of you playing in your home or walking in a secluded area of nature in your city on our #ShadeOutDM facebook page!
WALK or RUN to help get the word out! We MUST speak for the PUPS that are forced to take this horrid DM Journey while it CAN be PREVENTED!
Online Registration only for this one. If you need assistance registering online email email@example.com
All participants will be registered at NO CHARGE!
Participants are asked to Register ON-LINE then you will receive a Bib (Race Number) in your email. No additional Processing Fees! It's OKAY to type ZERO for the Donation part (we tried to remove it but unfortunately it is built into the Program)... & if you don't feel comfortable sharing your personal information then you can skip it.
There will be NO Proceeds from this Event but if you would like to help us continue to Raise more Awareness by making a donation then those donations will help us get more awareness materials printed & shipped, pay entry fees for future Events & contribute to helping us get more carts for our loaner cart program called KC's Kruisers (a Bandit's BandAid, Inc non-profit organization). Direct donations may be made thru the www.shadeoutdm.org website.
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