Due to COVID-19,

Calgary's Smiling Blue Skies

Walk for Canine Cancer

has had to be cancelled.

Thank you to everyone for your

understanding and support.

Smiling Blue Skies and OVC Pet Trust continue to closely monitor the development of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to support our community’s collective health and well-being, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Calgary's Smiling Blue Skies Walk for Canine Cancer, scheduled for May 3rd, 2020. We are all very disappointed and will miss this opportunity to connect with our friends in the Calgary community.  Thank you for your continued support of The Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund and OVC Pet Trust. 

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

Leanne Tucker - lntucker@shaw.ca

Barb Burgess - barbburgess@shaw.ca

Mary Shillabeer - lottadoghair@shaw.ca

Suzi Beber - suzib@smilingblueskies.com

OVC Pet Trust - ovcpet@uoguelph.ca


We welcome your donations to continue the funding of

canine cancer and oncology related studies and grants. 

You are our heroes! 

  Smiling Blue Skies 2020 Calgary Poster

In 2019, Calgary’s "Smiling Blue Skies Walk for Canine Cancer” raised just under $24,500 through online and direct donations, for the study of new cancer diagnostics and treatments for all companion animals. Not only do our pets benefit from this amazing contribution, but all the knowledge gained, is shared with human cancer research, for the good of us all.

The Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund/The Smiling Blue Skies Fund for Innovative Cancer Research is part of the OVC Pet Trust at the University of Guelph. Founded in 1986, OVC Pet Trust was Canada’s first charitable fund entirely devoted to advancing the health and well being of companion animals.

Currently, Smiling Blue Skies is helping to fund canine oncology studies in a variety of areas, including PD-1/PD-L1 Expression in dogs with Urothelial Carcinoma (transitional cell carcinoma), Gastrointestinal lesions and bleeding in dogs with mast cell tumours, the profiling and validation of extracellular vesicles as circulating biomarkers in osteosarcoma (DOGBONe project), the identification of response to chemotherapy in relapsed lymphoma patients, the investigation of biomarkers for metronomic cyclophosphamide treatment of soft tissue sarcoma, the prognostication of T-cell lymphoma, an acute myeloid leukemia study, and there is even a 3 year study on the horizon, using CBD oil for bladder cancer.  None of this could happen without your support!!

Smiling Blue Skies also funds the Clinical Trials Coordinator Position within OVC’s Health Sciences Centre and the Tissue and Tumour Bank Coordinator’s position too.  Your commitment to Smiling Blue Skies enables the coordinators to continue to obtain valuable samples for future research, promote clinical trials, and recruit patients for studies that will one day change the face of cancer, for all of us.

Receipts for tax credit purposes, are issued for all contributions to OVC's programs, under the University of Guelph's charitable status number. Since 2010, our small Calgary walk has raised an astounding $267,384 for The Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund!

Cancer is the most frequent cause of death in dogs. This is a truly frightening thought.  It is a burden that we all share. In loving our dogs, whether pure breeds or mixed breeds, we want the very best for them, in health, and in sickness. Every dollar donated to The Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund supports OVC's quest to find more and better ways to deal with and understand this terrible disease.

Thanks to you, we are making a difference. Please join us in helping our animal companions, along with our human family and friends, by taking a bite out of cancer.