Last week we told you about the man who is walking 2,000 miles with his two dogs – from the Canadian border to the Mexican border – to raise awareness about canine cancer.
Luke, and the Fuzzybutts as they are called, started at the Canadian border on May 10 and made it to Seattle 10 days later. During their stop I was able to catch up with Luke and learn more about his journey and mission.
Luke was a successful business man in San Antonio, Texas. Two years after launching his business to help build tech companies he was named a “40 under 40 rising star” in the San Antonio Business Journal.
Luke never intended to be a dog owner but fate brought him and his first dog, Malcom, a Great Pyrenees, together. He said that Malcom “changed his life.” They became good friends and companions.
Malcom developed cancer and passed away. Luke said, “When I lost my first boy to cancer, it just changed me. I wanted to know why.”
He decided to leave his business, sell his truck, and walk from Austin to Boston with his two remaining dogs, Hudson and Murphy. Their goal was to meet people, share stories of how they have been touched my cancer, and help spread the word about this epidemic.
He returned to Texas after the walk but after losing his second dog to cancer, and having a mast cell tumor removed from Hudson last fall, he decided he had been given his sign to hit the road again in the name of cancer awareness.
Luke said he felt like his mission wasn’t done “until everyone knows that canine cancer is an epidemic of epic proportions.” He believes he has a unique ability to connect with people on this issue because he has “been in the trenches and seen things first-hand.”
The dogs are wearing Tagg GPS trackers so you can follow their progress via a map on their website, 2 Dogs Against Cancer.