Set your TiVo, pop in a video, get the DVR ready! On Friday, Feb. 5, Luke and his dogs Hudson and Murphy will be appearing, in the flesh and fur, on your TV on the "Today Show"! The show broadcasts in Dayton from 7 to 11 a.m. on WDTN.
Luke and The Boys, as they're known, are on a cross-country mission called "2 Dogs 2,000 Miles" to promote research into canine cancer. Luke's inspiration came from the loss of Malcolm, his beloved Great Pyrenees, to an aggressive form of bone cancer.
Luke says this about their mission: "I am walking over 2,000 miles with my two other Great Pyrenees to raise money for the first nationwide epidemiological canine cancer study."
Luke and The Boys are actually walking about 2,400 miles from Austin TX to Boston MA. As their website explains, their mission is to educate and build awareness: "Basically we walk from community to community sharing Malcolm's story, talking to people about the potential of comparative oncology, and building a network of people touched by cancer--something we call friendraising."
Luke and The Boys walked through the Dayton area last March and held a one-year anniversary to celebrate their walk in Fairborn.
Two weeks ago, Jill Rappaport, Today Entertainment Correspondent, did a taped interview with Luke and The Boys. Some of that interview will be aired on Friday, and Luke reports that he and The Boys will appear live on the show! This is a fantastic way to start the last leg of their journey to Boston and what lies ahead.
How can you support this journey? On the weekend of June 18-20, there will be a celebration in Boston at the end of the walk. If you want to volunteer, email Ginger Morgan.
As Ginger says, "There are lots of opportunities even for volunteers who aren't in the Boston area. We need help with online research, gathering auction items, and more. We also need help arranging the last part of the journey."
Be sure to tune in to the "Today Show" on Friday to hear Luke talk about their adventures and announce what's coming next for the Dynamic Trio.